Mashed Potato Pancakes

Equally good for breakfast lunch or dinner

Equally good for breakfast lunch or dinner

Leftover mashed potatoes usually don’t last long in our house. This year though we had a either a surprising amount of willpower or an extra large batch. We were inspired by this recipe over at Just A Taste. We had these as a hearty breakfast, but they’d be better as a base with grilled sausage, steak or duck. It’s worth making mashed potatoes to whip these up.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar (or a mix of cheddar and Gruyere)
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour, plus 3-4 tbsp
  • vegetable oil for pan frying
  • Strained Greek yogurt* or sour cream

Mix potatoes, cheese, onion and bacon in a large bowl. Stir in egg and three tablespoons of flour. If the mix is still too wet to form a ball with your hands, then add a tablespoon of flour. Place the remaining flour in a pie pan for dredging. Heat about a quarter cup of oil in a cast-iron pan over medium heat. Form half inch balls and flatten into a pancake. Dredge each ball in flour and place in oil. Don’t overcrowd the pan. Fry in batches until each side is golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Serve pancakes with sour cream or yogurt.

*To strain yogurt, place desired amount of plain or Greek yogurt (we used a half cup of nonfat Greek) in a mesh strainer over a bowl, cover and drain in the refrigerator for about five hours or overnight. Discard excess liquid.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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5 Responses to Mashed Potato Pancakes

  1. sallybr says:

    Perfect use for leftover mashed potatoes… perfect!

    I would love to have one with a sunny side egg on top… and call it lunch! πŸ˜‰

  2. Susan says:

    I have made these often. My breakfast as I type this is potato cakes, as I call them, last nights left over sausage and fried egg. Yum

  3. Ruth says:

    Just sitting down to eggs and mashed potato pancakes in NYC. What timing.

  4. Cecile says:

    These look gorgeous – and I can’t stand to throw away mashed potatoes!

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