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Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes

By: Petro Neagu from
Updated June 14, 2018
Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes
Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes
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"Crisp on the outside and moist within, these pancakes are a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes after a big holiday meal (or make them for the meal!). Make the most of Thanksgiving leftovers with this easy mashed potato pancakes recipe."

Makes12 pancakes

Cooking Time3 min

Cooking Vessel SizeFrying pan or Skillet

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The first time I had mashed potato pancakes, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Growing up, it was not usual to have any leftover mashed potatoes, but when I would visit my Grandmother, this was one of her favorites to prepare. (She did not wait for leftovers) I think I like the addition of cheese and I will try these soon.

I have to admit, one of my guilty pleasures is preparing more mashed potatoes than what we can eat so that I have potato pancakes the next day. I usually just add an egg and a little flour and fry the little cakes. This recipe sure is a few steps above my cakes. Now I have a reason to just make the potatoes for the pancakes.

I can't tell you how many times I have tried and failed at making potato pancakes. But now, thanks to this Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe, I can proudly say I have successfully made my first batch. The recipe is easy to follow, love the use of pictures for each step, the visual aids really help.

My papaw would make mashed potato patties for dinner with leftovers on Sunday for something a little different than plain mashed potatoes. We used to eat these up, but I could never figure out what he used to keep them together. Now I know it was just an egg. I can make them and share the memories with my kids now that I know all the ingredients. Thanks for your post!

This is a great way to make potato pancakes. It is much less trouble than peeling potatoes and squeezing them out which is time consuming. I love potatoes and was very interested in this recipe. I do eat German food, I have lived in Germany. This seems just another take on croquettes which they love over there. There is nothing wrong with that except I didn't think of it first! Absolutely delicious.

I have had potato pancakes before using shredded fresh potatoes (with a food processor) and then squeezing them dry with a tea towel, but never knew you could make them with leftover mashed ones. This looks so easy and versatile - you could even use roasted garlic mashed potatoes with some chopped chives. I'm sure they'd be a great big hit with the kids as well.

Being Polish, I had a lot of potato pancakes while I was growing up. This sounds similar to the recipe my mom used, except I don't ever recall there being carrots in it. I think she did add cheese to it occasionally, but it was mainly onion and potato. The serving of it with sour cream or tzatziki sauce is actually new to me. When we had potato pancakes, the condiment of choice was applesauce. I'm not sure if that was simply a family tradition, but I really enjoyed them that way.

I love mashed potato pancakes. I don't think it is necessary to use any sour cream or sauce for serving. But, my husband would put Ranch dressing on it. He puts that on everything. Bacon would also add something if you have any just hanging around and needing to be used up.


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