Ham and Potato Patties

Myrna picked up "The Complete Potato Cookbook " 1969, from our local book sale.  I have to admit I absconded with it…there are so many ways to use potatoes…and they are easy to grow in abundance.  As kids, everyone I knew grew and used potatoes a lot; they are versatile and store well.
We all had potato patties made from leftover mashed potatoes (or planned-over ones), but I liked this idea of combining them with ham for a main dish.  The mustard gives it just a little oomph.  I dredged mine in a little bread crumbs before frying.   Do you remember when every housewife keep her bacon drippings in a special container that matched her stove salt and pepper shakers?                 

Ham and Potato Patties
  1              pound  Potatoes-- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
     ¼          pound  Ham
  1              large  Egg
     ¼          teaspoon  Prepared Mustard
                  Salt and Pepper
                  Bread Crumbs (0ptional)
                  Bacon Drippings -- or lard or butter
Cook, peel and mash potatoes  or use leftover mashed potatoes.
Chop or grind cooked ham.  Blend ham and potatoes and add egg.  Season.
Shape into cakes, dredge in bread crumbs if desired and brown on both sides.
4 Servings – 2 patties each

Per Serving: 160 Calories; 4g Fat (24.5% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 69mg Cholesterol; 402mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

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