A couple of weeks ago I found myself with a pile of leftover mashed potato. Continuing in my efforts to be a bit more frugal with food and throw as little as possible away, I decided to have a go at making some homemade potato smiles. My fussy eater loves the packaged variety but I try not to limit them to a treat dinner every so often. I had been meaning to have a go at making my own for a while and now, with a massive bowl of mash to use up, I had the perfect excuse.
I thought these homemade potato smiles might be a bit tricky to make but they were surprisingly easy. I added cheddar cheese to make them a bit more tasty but you can leave this out if you want to keep the fat content very low.
You don’t have to use leftover mash either. You can make a fresh batch but be sure to let it cool before you start adding the other ingredients.
My fussy eater was delighted when I produced these for lunch. She gobbled them down in record time, served with a portion of baked beans. I have to admit I quite enjoyed them myself with a dollop of ketchup!
- 500g mashed potato
- 50g cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- ½ tsp oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 medium egg, beaten
- 50g breadcrumbs
- Preheat the oven to 180c.
- Mix the mashed pototo, cheese, cornflour and oregano together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make the mixture easier to work with.
- Remove from the fridge and divide the potato mixture into 12 equal balls. Flatten each ball into a round shape the thickness of a one pound coin.
- Place the flatten potato balls onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment, brush with egg and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Turn the potato smile over and repeat on the other side.
- Make the smiley faces by adding two eyes (using the end of a teaspoon) and a mouth (using a knife).
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.