Ham and Cheese Potato Pancakes (bunsinmyoven)

2 c cold mashed potatoes
1 1/2 c flour, more as needed
1 c grated Grand Cru cheese
1 T chopped chives
2 eggs, beaten
1 c ham, diced
1/2 sweet onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t salt
1 t black pepper
vegetable oil for frying

 

In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, flour, cheese and eggs. If you’re using leftover mashed potatoes that had a lot of milk in them, you will likely need to add more flour until the mix is thick and workable. You should be able to take a ball of dough in your hand and press it into a patty without it sticking to your hands. Add flour until it reaches this consistency. Alternately, if the dough is too thick and dry, add milk 1 T at a time until it reaches the right consistency. Once your dough is the right consistency, stir in the ham, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add just enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the skillet. When the oil is hot, take a golf ball sized ball of dough and press into a patty. Place in the skillet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, being sure not to crowd the pan. Cook for 2 min per side or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel lined sheet. Sprinkle with extra cheese and chives before serving.

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