We’ve all had the situation — the dreaded leftover mashed potatoes and what to do with them??!! Secretly we all love potato pancakes and other than slathering the leftover taters on a casserole, the options are limited. So now the question is — How to make the pancake funkier and more interesting? Well, if you throw in an apple and some cinnamon mini-donuts, things get exciting! We all remember that crunchy red outer crust and tart, fresh apple flavor of the candy apple from the carnivals. Let’s not forget that fantastic cinnamon taste, either. I won’t say this is exactly the same but it is so reminescent; it will be surprising. Plus, the extra ingredients give it a pop you aren’t suspecting. As a side dish to a pork roast; it’s fantastic!
Candy Apple Potato Pancakes
Potato Pancake Mixture
- 2 or 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 Red Delicious apple, cored and finely julienned
- 6 or 7 mini-donuts; cinnamon coated
- 1/4 cup crumbled crisp bacon
- 1 egg
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- salt and pepper, to taste
- flour (used to adjust consistency, if necessary)
Syrup (or Gravy) for Pancakes
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 - 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 - 2 tsp honey
Mix all the syrup ingredients together well and set in frig to let the flavor blend. Serve over pancakes and taste the explosion of flavors in your mouth. The pancakes taste good without the "syrup" but it really enhances the flavors when added.
Mix all the above pancake ingredients together. If you feel the mixture isn't holding together, add a 2nd egg. If it is too thin, use flour (or more donuts) to thicken. If mixture is too thick, use only a dribble of milk to thin it. The consistency should be like a thick bowl of mashed potatoes -- NOT runny like real pancake batter.
Oil a griddle and dollop mixture onto it making small pancakes, spreading lightly to make a thickish pancake somewhere in the thickness of 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and about 3 inches across. Allow it to get a crunchy coat, flip and cook the other side.
NOTE: If you would prefer to control the cinnamon and sugar content, use plain donuts and add the cinnamon (and sugar, if desired) to your specifications and tastes. If using cinnamon donuts and you wish a stronger cinnamon flavor, feel free to use more cinnamon powder to up the ante.
NOTE 2: If you're truly adventurous, try adding a bit of jalapeno pepper to the mix.