Mashed Potato Pancakes

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The best way lớn use up leftover mashed potatoes for breakfast or side dish! Easy, cheesy, fried mashed potato cakes ready in under 30 minutes.

One of our favorite side dishes is creamy mashed potatoes. Sometimes we make them with brown butter. Sometimes with spinach (just trust me on this one). Và other times we switch up the flavor with sweet potatoes.

There was a day when we never had leftover mashed potatoes. The kids devoured them all in one sitting. But now that the kids are older and not necessarily around as much, I find myself with leftover mashed potatoes.

This old fashioned potato cakes recipe is our favorite way khổng lồ use up mashed potatoes!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

Uses leftovers in your fridge.Completely customizable.Ready in under 30 minutes.Family Friendly.Great for breakfast, lunch or as a side dish.

What mashed are best for potato cakes?

Not all mashed potatoes are created equal. Some are “runnier” than others. Some have butter, milk và salt added. But the nice thing about our recipe is that it is adaptable to lớn all types of mashed potatoes. Even store bought!

Simply adjust the amount of flour, adding more flour if your mashed potatoes are runnier, và less if the mashed potatoes are thicker. The flour is what holds the pancakes together.

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Tips for Making Potato Cakes

Work with cold mashed potatoes. They are thicker & easier khổng lồ handle than warm mashed potatoes. Shred your own cheese. When you buy prepackaged cheese, it has a powdery non-caking agent on it. This can sometimes cause foods made with it khổng lồ be extra greasy. For the creamiest melted cheese, buy a block of cheese và take a minute khổng lồ shred it yourself.Add flour slowly. Start with one cup, then địa chỉ in flour by the ¼ cup after that. It’s ok if you can’t size patties with the mixture. Drop the mixture on a hot griddle and spread it with a spoon into a circle shape. That way the flour taste won’t be overpowering.

Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

This is just a basic recipe for leftover mashed potato cakes. But what are some variations you could make? Here are a few favorites you can set into our basic potato pancake batter:

Pizza: Diced pepperoni, minced garlic & mozzarella cheese.Ham & cheese: Diced ham, shredded swiss (or cheddar) & diced onion.Bacon Ranch: ½ packet of ranch seasoning, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese.Veggie: Diced veggies of all kinds. Use up those bits of veggies in your fridge!Mexican: Leftover taco meat, cheddar cheese, và chopped peppers.Greek: Sun Dried tomatoes & feta cheese.

Toppings for Potato Cakes

What if you just want to showroom toppings? Try sour cream, diced onions, bacon, shredded cheese, queso, salsa và snips of fresh herbs.

Looking for Potato Cakes without Flour?

The flour is an important part of getting the right consistency lớn make nice thick pancakes that stick together. However, if you don’t want khổng lồ use flour (or need them to lớn be gluten free), địa chỉ cửa hàng a couple tablespoons of cornstarch or tapioca starch and try frying them this way. They will definitely be thinner and won’t be as hearty, but they should work.