Potato cakes recipe

Christmas Dinner Leftover Mashed Potatoe Recipe for Potato Cakes

By Ashley Chapmen

In Ideas
Dec 30th, 2017

For years, I struggled with finding new recipes to do something with the mashed potatoes. Sure, I love mashed potatoes like any other person, but after a day or two it gets old and I’m ready for something new. I do not know why it took me so long to think of Potato Cakes, my grandmother fixed them all the time. Do not let the name fool you, we are not making a cake, just little patties. I find this recipe to be very old-fashioned, easy, and quick. Plus, a huge bonus, you get to use up that leftover mashed potatoes in your refrigerator. How awesome is that? Okay, let’s jump into it. I’ll even show you the old-fashion recipe that my grandmother uses, yum!


Potato Cakes Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, if you are gluten free just use almond or rice flour. They work the same for this recipe.
  • 1 onion diced, this is not in the old-fashion recipe it’s a new add-in that makes it delicious. You can substitute with onion powder if so I’d put a teaspoon or 2 depending on how spicy you want it. You can also, substitute with Italian Seasoning or other herbs of your choice.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 /2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 /2 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for skillet


In a medium bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, flour, onion, egg, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed together. I find it to be thicker as you go. Keep in mind, I use gluten-free products and for this recipe specifically, I like to use rice flour because I don’t want the almond flavor in it.

Bring oil to a medium heat.

The easiest way to make them is to use a tablespoon, I get a dollop on the spoon and drop directly into the heat. You can flatten it if you want the ‘cake’ look. It will cook faster if you flatten it. I allow the one side to brown and flip over. Once I flip it over I do flatten it.

The potato cakes/patties are finished when they are nice and golden brown and firm on the outside. Cooking time will vary depending on your stove.

You can also bake them if you do not want the added grease. I have baked them at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Baking will make the golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside. Depending on your oven that is a good starting point for your timeline.


If you have made potato cakes before which do you prefer the most:


2.New version

3.Your own version

There are so many versions out there. Even doing a quick search to see what other ways to make potato cakes and you are flooded with so many recipes. This is a great Christmas Leftover Recipe for Mashed Potatoes. I hope you enjoy them and the leftover recipes here at Build My Christmas.

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