November 27, 2020

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes
Mashed Potato leftovers can get boring, so how about turning them into cheesy, potato pancakes that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside! This simple recipe comes together in minutes, and best of all, is easily customized depending on your taste!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 cup chilled leftover mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • All-purpose flour, for coating (about 2 tbsp)
  • Vegetable oil, for pan-frying


  • In a bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg and 2 tbsp flour until combined.  Using your hands, divide the mixture into equal portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a ½ inch-thick.
  • Place the remaining flour in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each pancake in the flour.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  • Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they're golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. (Do not overcrowd the pan and do not flip the pancakes too soon or they won't develop a crisp crust.).
  • Serve the potato pancakes topped with sour cream and garnish with chopped scallions.


All leftover mashed potatoes will vary in consistency depending on how much cream, milk or melted butter you added to the original batch. If the mashed potato pancake mixture looks too dry and isn't holding together, add one more egg. If it looks too wet, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Keyword 30 minute meal, gluten-free, kid-friendly, vegetarian
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