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Leek, Bacon, Garlic and Thyme Smashed Potato Cakes

Leek, Bacon, Garlic and Thyme Smashed Potato Cakes from Creative-Culinary.com

by Creative Culinary on March 26, 2015

Yes I just did another recipe recently for smashed potatoes; guilty as charged. As a matter of fact, it was because of that effort that I’m posting this one today. I realized that as much as I loved my chunky mix of mismatched ingredients, what I really look forward to are the leftovers that I can smash a bit more and fry up for breakfast or a delicious side dish for another meal. That use of leftovers never struck me as anything special until last week a friend asked me for the recipe and I had to admit I had never thought of it as a recipe. She did and so here we are today! This same concept works equally well with ANY mashed potato but there is no doubt that these Leek, Bacon, Garlic and Thyme Smashed Potato Cakes might elevate the simple side just a bit more!

Take a Bigger Bite…

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Thumbnail image for Inside Out Grilled Cheese with Tomato February 26, 2015

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Thumbnail image for Old Fashioned Chicken Soup with Dumplings February 24, 2015

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