Potato Pancakes, also known as latkes are the ultimate Hanukkah dish. They are crispy and crunchy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. Traditionally served with sour cream and applesauce, they truly make a fab side dish. The only issue is, it’s the day after a celebration and there are so. many. leftovers. Don’t get me wrong, we love a leftover potato pancake, but sometimes we are craving something just a bit different. So, we have rounded up recipes of our favorite ways to use up leftover Potato Pancakes so you never have to get bored and so those crisp beauties never ever go to waste!
Our Mission: Help give new life to your holiday leftovers!
Our mission is to stop food waste at home, especially during the holidays, when families gather for that big massive feast! We have tons of ideas for leftover brisket and leftover ham, but what about all of that leftover ham that is a holiday classic?
Give New Life to Holiday Leftovers
If there is one thing we really don’t like, it’s food waste. Repurposing these leftovers in creative ways ensures that nothing will get wasted, which makes us totally happy! So much food is wasted during big holidays, but we are here to make sure that never happens again by bringing your leftovers back to life!
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#1: Make an irresistible Burger using leftover Potato Pancakes as buns
The best part about these recipes is you can use up a ton of leftovers in one dish. Have leftover brisket, ham, or any ground meat? Make a burger and use those crispy yet tender leftover Potato Pancakes for the buns. Basically a glorified Hanukkah midnight snack, YUM!
Since Potato Pancakes are typically served with a variety or toppings and dips. A sour cream or creamy horseradish sauce would be an awesome addition to these Hanukkah burgers! Have a tomato and some onions hanging around? Add those to your burgers for a nice fresh and bright topping. See a burger you love without the potato pancake bun? Swap out the bun for your Latke and have a party! Check out some of our favorite Potato Pancake Burger recipes below:
- Brisket Burgers with Latkes Buns
- Habanero Pumpkin Turkey Burgers
- Sweet Potato Latke Turkey Burger
- Potato Pancake Burger with Coleslaw
- Potato Pancake Burger Sliders
#2: Make a Totally Customizable Breakfast Hash with Leftover Potato Pancakes
Heating up leftover Potato Pancakes in the microwave is not an ideal plan. They become chewy and soggy and loses that crisp crunch we know and love in a hot out of the oil Latke. We love to repurpose them into an easy and customizable breakfast hash the next morning! If you have any leftover protein from the night before, add it in to your breakfast hash too!
You could certainly add in whole Potato Pancakes but we love to rip ours up into smaller pieces first! Now, let your imagination take over! Have some leftover apples from making homemade apple sauce? Dice those up and add them to the skillet. Any rogue and sad looking veggies that need to used up asap, throw them in! Once your veggies are all sautéed, make a few well in the center of your veggie mixture and crack a couple eggs on top. Place a lid on the skillet and let eggs cook to your preferred doneness. If a recipe doesn’t specifically call for Potato Pancakes, tear them up and add them in while cooking your veggies and you can always use in place of potatoes! Check out some of our favorite breakfast hash recipes below:
- How to Make a Breakfast Hash with Anything
- Mexican Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
- Skillet Fried Potato Hash with Bacon and Eggs
- Sausage Potato Hash
- Bean and Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
#3: Make a Non-Traditional Poutine with Leftover Potato Pancakes
Typically made with french fries, cheese curds, and gravy, Poutine is the ultimate French-Canadian comfort food. We like to get a little wild and use our leftover Potato Pancakes as the base layer! Instead of cheese curds, unless you have them, we can use shredded cheese. This leftovers dish comes together in a pinch and is another awesome late night snack. You can make a quick gravy to top your poutine or leave it off.
This is such a customizable dish and that is one of the reasons we love it so much. Plus it’s like extra delicious and cozy! All of these recipes use your classic french fry as the base layer, but instead, we refry our leftover Potato Pancakes up in a skillet to get warm and crispy first and then top it with our favorite poutin toppings! Get creative and indulge a little! Check out some of our favorite poutine recipes below:
- Authentic Canadian Poutine
- The Ultimate Poutine Recipe
- Oven Fry Poutine with Mushroom Gravy
- Greek Style Poutine
- Vegetarian Poutine
You can also use leftover potato pancakes in place of the potatoes in any of these Steamy Kitchen recipes; Warm Bacon Potato Salad, Potato Salad with Sesame and Fresh Chili Dressing or with this Salt Cod with Potatoes!