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Leftover mashed potatoes can be delicious lightly-fried potato cakes! #TexasHomesteader

Potato Cakes

Use cold leftover mashed potatoes and remake them into potato cakes. Soft and creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside. A delicious way to eliminate leftover food waste. #TexasHomesteader

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword leftover, leftovers, mashed potatoes, planned leftovers, potatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 people
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  • Cold Leftover Mashed Potatoes (about 2 cups)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Breadcrumbs or more if needed to make a thick potato mixture
  • Minced Onion, Bell Pepper, and/or Garlic To Taste, (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Additional Breadcrumbs for Coating


  1. Into cold leftover mashed potatoes mix one egg and some minced onion, bell pepper and/or garlic into potatoes. Season with salt & pepper and then mix in enough breadcrumbs to make the mixture thick enough to roll into approximately 1.5" - 2" balls. Set aside about another 1/4 cup breadcrumbs if desired for coating.

  2. Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of your skillet and heat at medium until hot. Take each ball of potato and roll in reserved breadcrumbs to coat, mashing ball into a thick patty and place patty into hot oil. Cook about 3-4 minutes each side or until brown. Serve hot.