5 slices bacon, diced small
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
1/2 cup diced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cup leftover cold mashed potatoes
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup flour
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
hot sauce, to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
sour cream, for serving
minced fresh chives, for serving
Step 1: Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until crispy, stirring occasionally 5-7 minutes. Drain off grease and transfer to a large bowl (reserving some for garnish.)
Step 2: In the same skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion, celery, and garlic; saute until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the bacon.
Step 3: Add to the bowl the mashed potatoes, cheese, flour, egg, mustard, pepper, and a few dashes of hot sauce; stir to combine.
Step 4: Form mixture into 8 (1/3-cup) patties, about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.
Step 5: Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat. Fry patties until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
Step 6: Serve immediately with a dollop of sour cream, chives, and reserved bacon.