Tonight I made Turkey Hash Cakes for Paula, Theodore and myself. We came across this recipe a number of years ago in Cooking Light. I have adapted it slightly to suit our tastes. For example, I did not add any sauteed mushrooms since Theodore doesn’t like mushrooms. If I end up making them just for Paula and I at some point in the future, I will definitely add them. This year we had a LOT of leftovers so I made a LOT of hash cakes. If you want to try this tasty recipe, it is very easy. Just be sure to have some leftover cranberry sauce available since it goes extremely well on top of them.

First, combine the following in a large mixing bowl:

  • 2 (or 3) cups of chopped turkey
  • 2 (or 3) cups of mashed potatoes
  • 2 (or 3) cups of stuffing
  • 1/3 cup of chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 2-3 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese

After all the ingredients are well mixed. Using your hands really allows you to mix everything thoroughly. Form the mixture into patties. I used 3 cups of the turkey, stuffing, and potatoes and ended up with 14 patties. They should not be too thick since you will be cooking them in a large skillet.

When you are ready to cook them, heat several tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place at least 1/4 cup of bread crumbs in a small bowl. Coat each hash cake with the breadcrumbs, gently patting them to help the breadcrumbs stick. Add the patties to the pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Turn them over and cook another 4-5 minutes until the bread crumbs are toasted. It may help to cook the patties more thoroughly if you cover the skillet while they are cooking.

We enjoyed our hash cakes this year with the leftover vegetable side of succotash, green bean casserole and roasted squash and eggplant. Oh, and be sure to top your hash cakes with either cranberry sauce or some leftover gravy. Both of them add some flavor to your main dish!

Our family has fallen in live with this recipe and now it is part of our annual Thanksgiving tradition. Besides helping us to use up our leftovers, it really is quite tasty!

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