Leftover Mashed Potatoes

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What do you do with a mountain of leftover mashed potatoes? You know, mashed potatoes. As in, your husband signed up to bring the world’s worst reheatable dish for the company Thanksgiving dinner, rather than something that his wife makes well and something that people will actually eat. Those mashed potatoes.

So, what do you do with the leftovers? Well, I made fried potato cakes!

How to Make Fried Potato Cakes from Leftover Mashed Potatoes

homemade fried potato cakes

Supplies for fried potato cakes

  •  1 egg, beaten
  • a handful of shredded cheddar (a cup, maybe)
  • a heaping spoonful of sour cream (1/4 cup-ish)
  • salt, pepper, garlic salt, paprika and onion salt
  • enough flour to hold it all together

I mixed all the ingredients, sprayed a little cooking spray on the griddle and cook until brown on one side, flipped and cooked until brown on the other side. Yum!

how to make fried potato cakes from leftover mashed potatoes

Much better than trying to reheat mashed potatoes.

potato cakes

Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. My grandma used to make potato pancakes with leftover mashed potatoes but these look much tastier. I might try it if we ever have any leftovers (not likely with the 12 yo garbage disposal I’m feeding).

  2. Not at all, Jeannie. I just used it because we all like sour cream. I was going for kind of a “loaded fried potato cake” kind of thing. 😉

  3. Oooh…these are very similar to the ones my Grandmother used to make, and my Mom still does.
    Could I include this post in next week’s Homesteading Carnival? I’ll be putting it together this Sunday night, and it will go live on Monday. You can let me know at [email protected]
    Thanks so much!

  4. yummy!! I make potato cakes but I don’t put sour cream or cheese in them. I put onion in them. However, my girls will add a slice of cheese on the top of theirs on their plate. I may have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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