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Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

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Transform leftover mashed potatoes into delicious ingredients mashed potato cake!

Mix leftover spuds with crispy bacon, green onions, and generous amounts of cheddar cheese and pan-fry until golden brown and crisp.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chives, a squeeze of ketchup, or top with leftover turkey and gravy.

Assorted mashed potato cake

We love these mashed potato cakes (and you will too!)

  • Turn leftover mashed potatoes into French fries patties with a few additional ingredients and seasonings.
  • Mashed potato cake is budget-friendly and kids love it.
  • Mix in cheeses and other add-ins to create new flavors and use up leftovers.
  • Fry them in bacon grease and top with a fried egg for a great breakfast (or use them as a base for eggs Benedict).
  • These potato cakes can be served alone as a light dinner or as a side dish with meat or poultry.
Ingredients for mashed potato cake

Ingredients for mashed potato cake

Mashed potatoes – If you have leftover mashed potatoes, use that, otherwise use instant mashed potatoes (or ready-made ones). Even cauliflower mashed potatoes can be used for low-carb recipes.

cheese – Try different types of cheese, including cheddar, parmesan, Mexican blend, and pizza mozzarella.

bacon – Bacon and mashed potatoes are a perfect match. Bacon can be oven baked or you can use real bacon bits.

Leftovers – For variations, you can add chopped chicken or turkey or leftover roasted vegetables.

seasoning – My favorite is green onions. Add any other fresh herbs.

how to make mashed potato cake

  1. Fry the bacon until crispy.Fry onions and garlic in bacon oil (per recipe below).
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and shape into a potato cake.
  3. Pan fry in bacon fat or butter until golden brown on both sides.

Serve hot with extra green onions, sour cream, or ketchup.

A bite of sour cream and green onions on a mashed potato cake

leftovers and reheats

  • Leftover mashed pancakes can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat in microwave, oven, or air fryer until thoroughly cooked.
  • Batch-made mashed potato cakes can be refrigerated and frozen in a resealable bag for up to 6 weeks. Simply crisp on the stovetop or air fryer.

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rich mashed potato cake

These stuffed mashed potato cakes make a great side dish or light dinner or lunch! A great way to enjoy leftover potatoes and the flavor combinations are endless!

preparation time Ten minutes

cooking time Ten minutes

total time 20 minutes

  • Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels and crumble when cool.

  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon in the skillet. Fry onions and garlic over medium heat until translucent. (If you use green onions, you don’t have to pre-boil them.)

  • In a medium bowl, combine crushed bacon, mashed potatoes, cooked onion, shredded cheese, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well and add the flour little by little until the potato cake comes together. You may not need all the flour.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter (or leftover bacon fat) in a clean skillet over medium heat.

  • Scoop about 1/4 cup of potato mixture and form into balls. Place in hot skillet and flatten with a spatula until about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Repeat with remaining potato cakes (cook in batches if desired).

  • Fry until the potato patties are golden brown and crisp, about 3-4 minutes on each side.

  • For best results, serve immediately while hot and crisp.

  • Top with green onions, sour cream, or ketchup.

flour – You may need a little less (or a little more) flour depending on how firm your potatoes are. Allow the cake to stick (not too sticky).
air fryer – Potato cakes can be cooked in an air fryer. Form into patties and brush with melted butter. Cook at 400°F for about 12 minutes, flip after 6 minutes.
*Nutrients listed are approximate and may vary depending on cooking method and brand of ingredients used.
Leftover cake can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It can also be frozen and can be stored in the freezer for 6 weeks.

calorie: 253 | | carbohydrates: 17g | | protein: 9g | | obesity: 17g | | saturated fat: 8g | | Trans fat: 1g | | cholesterol: 78mg | | sodium: 558mg | | potassium: 321mg | | fiber: 2g | | sugar: 1g | | Vitamin A: 448IU | | Vitamin C: 13mg | | calcium: 94mg | | iron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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