Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Day leftover idea {vegan potato pancakes}

What to do with those leftovers?  If you are like me, you will just eat them.  I absolutely love leftovers.  Nothing wrong with green bean casserole and sweet potatoes for days and days!  However, I realize most people do not enjoy eating the same thing meal after meal.  In that case, I highly recommend Potato Pancakes.  In fact, Potato Pancakes are really the only reason to ever make mashed potatoes in my opinion.  Sorry mashed potatoes...you really aren't worth all the effort.  If it wasn't for this wonderful leftover idea, you would probably never exist.

Vegan Potato Pancakes
(double or triple or quadruple this recipe based on your mashed potato leftovers...these measurements are based on what I had leftover)

Ingredients:
2/3 cup mashed potatoes
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax seed meal mixed with 3 tbsp water)
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced celery
1 tsp parsley
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil spray

Combine flax seed meal and water and let set a few minutes.  Combine mashed potatoes and flax egg.  Stir in onion, celery and seasonings.  Stir in flour one tablespoon at a time.  Add more or less depending on how soft your mashed potatoes are.  You want the mixture to be sticky, but to release from your hands when you form into pancakes.

With about a quarter of the mixture, form into pancakes.  Spray pan with cooking spray and place pancakes in pan over medium heat.  Cook 4-5 minutes until crispy and light brown.  Flip and cook other side.  You want to cook the pancakes slowly so the insides cook as well.  Reduce heat if needed. 

Serve pancakes with butter, vegan sour cream, vegan cream cheese or applesauce.  Our Friday night Thanksgiving meal consisted of potato pancakes, sauteed green beans with lemon and garlic and leftover Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry EnCroute.  We also enjoyed leftover cranberry sauce and Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream Frosting

Tomorrow will be our final Thanksgiving meal.  I find that you can reduce a one-day massive feast into 3 smaller feasts to enjoy all your favorite foods without over-doing it!

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