Mama’s Mash

While I was at my mom’s last week I had a lemon that I didn’t use leftover from a recipe. I ended up placing it in a bag of oranges I bought. I never really buy fresh oranges, but I had seen tons of people buying them and suddenly got a craving. My sister had eaten one of my oranges and suddenly got the craving as well. She called me yesterday to ask me if I bought that bag of oranges with the lemon already in it.
Apparently, she and my mom were at the store yesterday when she said she wanted to buy a bag of oranges. My mom told her to look for the bag of oranges with the lemon it. I had a hilarious picture in my head of the two of them scouring the grocery store for non-existent bags of oranges sold with one lemon in it as well.
Speaking of Mom, she makes some killer mashed potatoes. I look forward to them on every holiday. What’s even better is the next morning. She takes the left overs to form patties and fries them up in butter. Potato patties are totally dreamy with a side of perfectly scrambled eggs.
When I was in Cincinnati last she worked up a batch of her mashed potatoes to go along side a wonderful pork tenderloin. I knew that my visit would constitute a nice round of potato patties as well. I mentioned to her that I had an idea that stuffing them with cheese and spinach may be a good way to mix things up a bit. We tried it and were both big fans.

Stuffed Potato Patties
serves 4
4 c mashed potatoes (my mom puts sour cream and cream cheese in hers, but you can prepare yours however you like.)
1 1/2 c spinach
1/2 c grated cheddar cheese
4 Tb butter
For each patty, you will use about a cup of mashed potatoes. Create a patty by taking 1/2 c mashed potatoes and shaping it with your hands. Press a well into the middle leaving room around the edges. Make sure not to puncture the bottom. Place a large pinch of cheese and a large pinch of spinach in the well. Make another patty with a 1/2 c mashed potatoes and place it on top of the the patty with the well. Reshape so both patties come together. Repeat these steps for each patty.
In a large frying pan, melt 2 Tb butter on medium-low heat. Place patties in pan and cook until well browned on each side. This will take about 7-10 minutes per side.
Serve hot!

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  1. Kristi

    First of all, I can see my mother and sister doing the exact same thing…that is hilarious. Secondly, my mom used to do the same thing with leftover mashed potatoes and I loved it. I am going to try stuffing them next time, what a great idea! Thanks!

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