loaded mashed potato cakes…


Leftover mashed potatoes have a wrap sheet a mile long. Why the turn gummy, yet crumbly when re-heated I have no clue. Like most of you, I made an Irish style feast yesterday, full of corned beef, cabbage, rye bread, and yes mashed potatoes. Yes it took me all day, and yes it was worth it. Seeing how I hate for food to go to waste, my ultimate pet peeve is seeing food that I worked hard on go to waste. Making homemade mashed potatoes isn’t hard, but isn’t easy either. This recipe defiantly started with my father making us “potato croquets” during my childhood. My sisters and I would grump about eating them, but over the years I began to realize these things were actually pretty tasty. My version of potatoes cakes just takes on the classic loaded baked potato toppings, cheese, bacon, chives, and of course sour cream. Now this isn’t a fancy dish, but you honestly won’t belive how tasty these are. So here’s to the sad little bowl of cold mashed potatoes in your fridge, all they need is a little make over and they are good as new…

from me two you,


loaded potato cakes

1 1/2 cups left over mashed potatoes

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1 egg

2 T. vegetable oil

3 T. flour

2 slices bacon – cooked, cooled and crumbled

sour cream (for garnish)

2 T. chopped chives (for garnish)

– begin by combining potatoes, shredded cheese (reserve 2 T. of cheese for garnish), garlic powder, and egg in a small bowl. mix well to combine.

– using a large skillet begin to heat vegetable oil over medium high heat.

– place 3 T. of flour on to a small plate.

– begin to scoop potato cakes by using an ice cream scooper or just a large spoon. roll potatoes into a ball using your hands , then roll the potato balls in the flour to lightly coat the outside of the cake. lightly flatten the ball to form a flat cake shape.

– place cakes in hot oil and brown on each side (about 2 minutes each side).* just a tip – once you put the cakes in the pan , don’t touch or “check” to see if they are brown, until you can actually see the sides of the cake turning brown.

– place cooked cakes onto serving dish and top each cake with cheese, dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with chives. serve immediately and enjoy.



30 thoughts on “loaded mashed potato cakes…

  1. These look AMAZING, Sarah! I think I actually like potato cakes better than mashed potatoes, and whenever I make mashed potatoes, I secretly hope the boyfriend will leave some for the next day! Your “loaded” version sounds fantastic. Love it!

  2. My dad used to make potato cakes out of leftover mashed potatoes, too. But his didn’t look as pretty as yours and he didn’t use any creative toppings. These look great! Putting them on my want-to-try file.

  3. Sarah, I absolutely loves these! I love potatoes from mash, chips, salad…etc..but I’ve never made these before. (don’t laugh) And I love your presentation too! Looks like you can only get in a high class restaurant. Which kind of potatoes are good for this recipe? Is russets a good choice?

    • thanks Danny, oh these are so simple, you would have no problem making these..i use russets for this, i usually do about 4 potatoes, that gives me enough for mashed potatoes one night and leftovers to make my cakes the next day. and you could change the toppings to things you enjoy more, i’ve done blue cheese and grilled onions before and that was really tasty… but the sour cream just makes them soooo good. hope you have a good day, and talk to ya soon…sarah

  4. my mouth is watering, these look super yummy. my dad used to make something similar with leftover mashed potatoes, but they didn’t look as beautiful as these. yum!

    • thank you so much… well i think it must be in the “dad” recipe book…quick, easy, not much cooking, but they are one of my favorites.. thanks for taking the time to stop by today… sarah

  5. It is rare for there to be leftover mashed potatoes in this house (!) but this looks easy and delicious. That presentation would also make for lovely little appetizers for a party too!

    • great idea! i have to tell myself to “save some for later” or i would eat a whole pan of potatoes myself..but these little guys are worth it.. thanks for taking the time to stop by today..sarah

  6. Oh em gee these look divine! What a fabulous way to use up leftover mashed potato. Your cakes have a perfect golden exterior. I’m drooling over your beautiful photos!

  7. Aw yum! Believe it or not, I’ve never had a mashed potato cake… they sound even better than hash browns!! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Definitely trying it… like, now! So excited!

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