Potato Cakes recipe is the perfect use for leftover mashed potatoes. Baked Mashed Potato Cakes have a buttery crispy crust with a creamy center. The flavor options are endless.
Mashed Potato Cakes are an easy way to repurpose mashed potatoes.
This Potato cakes recipe uses simple ingredients and the flavor combinations are endless. We’re sharing our favorites and hope you’ll share yours too.
Making Potato Cakes from mashed potatoes has been a staple in our family for as long as I can remember and we never get tired of them. My spin on my mothers is that I BAKE mine versus frying.
When we cook, we’re already planning on repurposing our leftovers before the food even hits the table.
Some dishes are just better the second time around, and some ingredients can be remade into a whole new recipe like this one.
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What are the best potatoes to use?
We use Russet potatoes for most of the recipes calling for mashed potatoes. We like the texture and their ability to hold up in soups and casseroles without getting mushy or disintegrating altogether. You can use any potato that you routinely use and like for your recipes.
Do you have to use leftover mashed potatoes? Of course not! You can certainly cook your potatoes and mash them up or run them through a potato ricer.
Leftover baked potatoes also work well.
When we make our mashed potatoes, we use butter, milk or cream, salt, and pepper. So the recipe doesn’t need a lot of additional ingredients to come together.
- Mashed Potatoes – You can also use sweet potatoes!
- Cream – I used heavy whipping cream because it adds a delicious richness.
- Substitutions for cream include milk, yogurt (plain any variety), or sour cream (light or original).
- Green Onions – This is optional but we love the addition of this mild onion in this recipe.
- Garlic Powder – We don’t use fresh garlic because it would dominate this recipe.
- Salt and Pepper
- Make it loaded by adding grated cheddar cheese and bacon! Top it with a dollop of sour cream.
- Black pepper and parmesan is an amazing combination.
- Diced ham and cheese make them a delicious option at breakfast.
- Chopped pepperoni and mozzarella make a pizza-inspired potato cake. Serve them with a side of marinara.
You can also add pre-cooked veggies. We recommend that they be finely chopped. Broccoli, mushrooms, and peppers would be delicious.
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How to make Potato Cakes
- Season room temperature mashed potatoes with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Whip the egg and stir it into the mashed potatoes.
- Drizzle in the cream until the potatoes have a creamy texture but are still firm enough to hold their shape.
- Shape into a 3-inch pattie with a 1/2-inch thickness.
Note: We bake our potato cakes but they can also be fried. Heat a neutral cooking oil into a large skillet. When hot, add the potato cakes and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Tips for making the perfect Leftover Potato Cakes recipe
- Use room temperature ingredients. It makes blending the ingredients together easier.
- Beat the egg before adding it to the mashed potatoes. Again, it makes blending easier.
- Season the potatoes. Even though you seasoned the mashed potatoes when you made them, these cakes need seasoning so they don’t taste bland.
- Keep the shape and thickness similar so they cook at the same rate.
These Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes are simple to make, use simple ingredients, and you don’t need any fancy ingredients. I used a baking sheet and two hands. Couldn’t be easier right?
If you fry them I would definitely use a cast-iron skillet. They get good and hot which is what you want. If you add them to the skillet before it’s hot, the potato cakes will just soak up your oil. Not what you want.
How to Reheat and Store Mashed Potato Cakes
Can you make Potato Cakes ahead of time?
Yes. Keep the unbaked potato cakes for up to 2 days in the fridge. Remember, however, if you made these potato cakes with leftover potatoes you should bake and use them within 5 days of when you cooked the potatoes.
How long will Baked Potato Cakes last in the refrigerator?
Baked Potato Cakes will last in the refrigerator for 2 days. They can become soggy so I recommend just covering them lightly with waxed paper or foil. I would store them unbaked and then bake them so they’re crispy when served or follow the reheating instructions below.
Can Old-Fashioned potato cakes be frozen?
Yes, these old-fashioned potato cakes can be frozen. Place the potato cakes baked or unbaked on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, place them in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
How to Reheat Potato Cakes From Mashed Potatoes
Baking is the best way to reheat potato cakes from mashed potatoes. Microwaving can result in soggy potato cakes. Please the potato cakes on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed lightly with non-stick baking spray. Put them in a 375°F oven for 10 to 20 minutes until heated through.
Thawed or frozen leftover mashed potato cakes can be reheated until golden brown and heated through.
What goes with Mashed Potato Cakes?
Anything that you would serve potatoes with you can serve with potato cakes.
We like to think that Mashed Potato Cakes can be served casually making them perfect with the following dishes.
Here are a few of our favorite Recipes for Leftover Mashed Potatoes!
- Potato Roll Recipe
- Shepard’s Pie
- Bacon Potato Nests
- Loaded Potato Skin Skillet Dip
- Homemade Potato Bread Recipe