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A pile of 7 mashed potato pancakes with yogurt and parsley leaves on top
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Refrigerating Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes or potato cakes, beautifully golden and so indulging. They make a delicious breakfast or brunch, and can be served either hot or cold with extra cheese, Greek yogurt, sour cream, fried eggs or bacon, or just on their own. 

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: International
Keyword: leftover mashed potato recipes
Servings: 9 pancakes
Calories: 181 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (divided)
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • vegetable oil to cook the pancakes
  1. In a bowl, add the mashed potatoes, eggs, half a cup of breacrumbs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.

  2. Mix into a sticky batter, cover with kitchen foil, and refrigrate for at least 30 minutes for the batter to firm up.

  3. Wet your hands, then use about 1-2 heaped tablespoons of batter to form a ball, then coat in breadcrumbs (the cup of breadcrumbs left).

  4. Flatten the ball up into American-style pancakes, then heat up about half a teaspoon of oil in a non-stick pan, and cook on both sides for 1-2 minutes.

  5. Repeat with the remaining batter, you should get about 9 pancakes.

Recipe Notes
  • I highly recommend refrigerating the batter before cooking the pacankes. Once it firms up, it won't be as sticky, and can be easily coated in breadcrumbs. Also, the pancakes won't fall apart if they are refrigerated first. A sticky batter will use a lot more breadcrumbs, and will be a lot trickier to work with.
  • after a few uses the pan will overheat, if it becomes too hot and smokey, take it off the heat for about 30 seconds, that should cool it down and it can be used again as usual
Nutrition Facts
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 270mg11%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 151IU3%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.