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Lucky Leftover Fritters

on October 2, 2013
Look forward to leftovers when they taste this good!

Look forward to leftovers when they taste this good!

These are the best leftover peas and corn I’ve ever had.  Buttered peas and corn are staples at my family get-togethers and we always bring some home leftover.  To be honest, I usually put them in my husband’s lunch and I’m not sure if he eats them or not.  Not my favorite leftover… until today.  I mixed them up with a few other things and it turned out to be a “lucky to have leftovers” kind of night!

At first, I only used leftovers.  I added the egg and flour after frying the first batch and realizing they needed more binding.  Before the egg and flour were added, Ozzy helped himself to some of the cold leftover mash straight off the spatula he used to mix them.

Hey, it’s only immediate family eating these.  I wouldn’t recommend allowing this if you’re serving guests.  “Serving leftovers to guests?” you ask.  Trust me, these are good enough to do it!

We still ate these, but I learned that you need egg and flour to make pretty little fritters.

We still ate these sloppy mashes, but I learned that you need egg and flour to make pretty little fritters.

That's better.  Prettier and somehow that means tastier.

That’s better. Prettier and somehow that means tastier.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c mashed potatoes and gravy
  • 3/4 c buttered corn and peas (or other leftover veggies, chop if necessary)
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c flour
  • freshly ground pepper
  • seasoning salt
  • oil for frying
  • sour cream and scallions, to serve

Instructions:

  1. Put mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and peas, onion, egg, flour, pepper, and seasoning salt in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan.
  3. Fry in batches until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with sour cream and sliced scallions.  I think they’d also be good with plain ol’ ketchup!

Here are some ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Allow him to help measure and put ingredients into the bowl.
  • Have him mix the ingredients.
  • Ask him how he thinks these leftovers will taste different in this new form.  Ask him if he thinks he will like them more, less, or the same and why.
Mix it up, Kid Cook!

Mix it up, Kid Cook!

People say kids are more likely to eat it if they help make it.  I will say that this kid is NOT a picky eater!

People say kids are more likely to eat it if they help make it. I can’t say why for sure, but this kid is NOT a picky eater!

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