Thanksgiving Aftermath

by Cate on November 26, 2006

If you have leftover mashed potatoes from your Thanksgiving feast, you are in for a real treat. I was doing some recipe filing the other day and came across a recipe for Ham and Potato Patties with Horseradish Sauce from an old issue of Woman’s Day magazine. OMG, these are outrageously good and incredibly simple to make. Everything you like about a stuffed potato, but in a pattie form, oozing with cheesy goodness. Unfortunately, I’m the only one here who will eat mashed potatoes, so I’m hoping you guys will try these out and enjoy them with me.

Yesterday we ended up being out of the house for nearly the whole day, spending most of it tackling Christmas shopping, and a dinner playdate for Nicholas. I am closerthanthis to finishing up my shopping and it feels great. Usually I’m scrambling around the week of Christmas, picking up last minute odds and ends off my list. I’m sure there will be a few emergency scrambles, but I’m in good shape this year.

Now, for that Sweet Onion Tartlet recipe from Thanksgiving. The Neighbor Husband should brace himself. It was a Sandra Lee recipe. Last week, my mom and I happened to catch an episode of Semi-Homemade, mostly because there was nothing else on, and she made these tartlets. They didn’t rely quite as heavily on store-bought items as her other recipes tend to, so I decided to give it a try and include them as a pre-dinner munchie for Thanksgiving. They weren’t bad. They weren’t a wow, and certainly not enough for me to ever praise the ground Sandra Lee walks on, but they were tasty.

I think my biggest problem with her recipes is the word “homemade” being bandied about. I’m sorry, but taking a tub of Cool Whip and mixing it with a jello packet and letting it refrigerate until set is not homemade, even if you made it in your own kitchen. Maybe if she called it what it was, I’d go easier on her. I don’t know. Oh, and the kitchen that matches her outfit all the time? Puhleeze.

OK folks, all for tonight, I’ll leave you with the recipe for the Ham and Potato Patties – do try it. With the scallions in it, it makes a perfect addition for Kalyn’s Weekend Herb Blogging.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago today… Thanksgiving, Date Night and Herb Blogging.

Ham and Potato Patties with Horseradish Sauce
Recipe Courtesy of Woman’s Day

2 cups cold mashed potatoes
2 cups firmly diced ham (8 oz)
1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced scallions
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons each prepared horseradish and grainy mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Mix patty ingredients in a medium bowl. Form into 8 1/2-inch thick patties. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in each of two medium nonstick skillets (or cook 1 batch at a time in 1 pan). Add 4 patties to each pan and cook over medium heat, turning over patties 2-3 times until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir sauce ingredients together in a small bowl until blended. Serve with patties.

Serves 4.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah November 26, 2006 at 4:56 pm

Cate, those sound yummy. I am going to have to try them next time I make extra mashed…but what’s source scream?


Cate November 26, 2006 at 5:00 pm

Ay yi yi – thanks for catching that. Sour cream. ;)


Kalyn November 27, 2006 at 2:34 am

Does sound like a good way to use leftover ham. Yum.


Anna November 27, 2006 at 7:08 am

wow, what a decadent way to dispose of leftovers. i love it!


savoury chef November 27, 2006 at 5:59 pm

OH WOW, those patties look so good! I’m going to have to try them


The Home Cook November 28, 2006 at 8:10 pm

Those patties look amazing! Only one thing is preventing me from trying them…whenever I try to copy a recipe from your blog I highlight the text and for some reason ALL the text (I mean, the rest of your blog) gets highlighted as well! Is this some coding issue or something? I’d really like to copy this recipe (and some others you’ve posted), but I can’t seem to get it to work.


Cate November 28, 2006 at 8:12 pm

Kalyn – perfect for leftover ham. :)

Anna and Savoury Chef – hope you try them, perfect comfort food.

The Home Cook – I’m working on figuring out a way around that. Once I load the recipes in the recipe section of my website, they’re easily printed from there. If you drop me an e-mail, happy to send you the recipe.


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