Mashed Potato Pancakes

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5 from 8 votes
Mashed Potato Pancakes are the perfect way to use up your creamy mashed potatoes and create something your family will truly love.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Mahed Potato Pancakes on a white plate with sour cream

Mashed Potato Pancakes are the perfect way to use up your creamy mashed potatoes and create something your family will truly love.

Mahed Potato Pancakes on a white plate with sour cream

These mashed potato pancakes are great to serve whenever you have leftover potatoes. They are both crispy and creamy at the same time and are a perfect side dish.

What are Mashed Potato Pancakes

Nearly every European culture has some form of Mashed Potato Pancakes. Furthermore, they can be called by many names including Latkes, Potato Cakes or Boxty even Placki. The reason why they are so prevalent in every country is because they are so very tasty and a great way to utilize leftovers.

Find out more of their history here.

How to Make Mashed Potato Pancake Recipe – Step by Step 

  • Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine cold mashed potatoes, scallions, cheese and egg.
  • Combine with Flour: Next, add 3 tablespoons of flour. If mixture needs additional flour, add up to 3 more, one tablespoonful at a time until potatoes come together.
  • Create pancakes: Form potato mixture into pancakes about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Dredge Cakes: Then place remaining 1/2 cup of flour on a plate and dredge both sides of the pancakes in the flour.
Steps for mashed Potato Pancakes
  • Heat Oil: Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  • Cook Pancakes: Carefully add pancakes and fry in batches until gold brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Season: Finally, season with salt and pepper as soon as they are removed from the frying pan.
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Recommendations for Making Potato Pancakes from Mashed Potatoes

Sometimes the best part about these pancakes are the toppings. For Example:

  • Sour Cream
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Apple Sauce
  • Garlic and Herb Spreads
  • Fried Eggs
  • Caviar

You can set out a bar and people can top their own however they like.

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Can I Make these Potato Pancakes in the Air Fryer

Of Course, to save the fat and calories you can use your air fryer. Prior to cooking them you will want to spray them lightly with oil to get them crispy.

Similarly, you can use a waffle iron to make these potato pancakes. They come out great and also have a fun pattern on them.


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Expert Tips for Making the Best Leftover Potato Pancakes

  • Cheese: On top of your Pancakes or in the mix, use cheddar or any other favorite.
  • Bacon: There is always room for Bacon!
  • Herbs: Incorporate fresh dill, garlic or other herbs to enhance the flavor.

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Mahed Potato Pancakes on a white plate with sour cream

Mashed Potato Pancakes

5 from 8 votes
Mashed Potato Pancakes are the perfect way to use up your creamy mashed potatoes and create something your family will truly love.
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 scallions chopped
  • 2/3 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 3-6 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine cold mashed potatoes, scallions, cheese and egg.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of flour. If mixture needs additional flour, add up to 3 more, one tablespoonful at a time until potatoes come together.
  • Form potato mixture into pancakes about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Place remaining 1/2 cup of flour on a plate and dredge both sides of the pancakes in the flour.
  • Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil over medium high heat.
  • Carefully add pancakes and fry in batches until gold brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Add additional oil if needed between batches.
  • Season with salt and pepper as soon as they are removed from the frying pan.
  • Serve with sour cream.

Expert Tips

  • Cheese: On top of your Pancakes or in the mix, use cheddar or any other favorite.
  • Bacon: There is always room for Bacon!
  • Herbs: Incorporate fresh dill, garlic or other herbs to enhance the flavor.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 2mg

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