November 18, 2011

leftover mashed potato cakes

As the Thanksgiving day approaches some of you will probably have leftover mashed potatoes after the big day. That is, unless you're like the Nielson family who can NEVER have too many mashed potatoes and homemade rolls. We love carbs, what can I say? But who doesn't? That's what I want to know.

When I was growing up my mom would make potato cakes with our Sunday leftover mashed potatoes. It was one of my favorite comfort foods and I find myself wanting to make mashed potatoes for dinner just so I can make potato cakes the next morning. They're so easy and really tasty. I love to eat it with lots of ketchup on top and a steamed egg with a slice of my mom's homemade wheat bread toasted with honey. Makes such a yummy breakfast.

There's not really a recipe for this but here's the general idea. You can, of course, doctor these up any way you like. You could add some green chilies and maybe some chili powder and serve it with salsa to make it more Mexican but I like it this way.
2 cups mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or a little more is always good)
salt and pepper, to taste

Stir the mashed potatoes together until smooth again. Mix in egg until well blended. Then stir in cheese and salt and pepper. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Melt a Tablespoon of butter on skillet and plop (very technical term, you know) about 1/2 cup of potato mixture onto skillet. Spread it out a bit until it makes a nice "cake". Let cook about 3 - 5 minutes until a nice brown crust forms on the bottom. Flip over and cook another 3 - 5 minutes on the other side. Repeat with remaining potato mixture. Serve with ketchup.


  1. Yum! one of my favorites too. And I've passed it down to my kids now.

  2. This looks like a good method. I have tried to make these before, but they have fallen apart. Seems like the egg and cheese hold it all together.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Mmmmmmmmm! I can't wait to try these!!! Thanks for posting!

    I'm so excited for your and David's second little boy! Congratulations!!!

  4. I think I'll be making mashed potatoes just to make these!

  5. We made these for dinner with our leftovers... yum-o! We didn't need to butter the griddle.

    We'll have the leftovers with scrambled eggs & veggies.

  6. Oh my goodness! This looks delicious!

  7. I can't believe I never thought to put grated cheese in! Bril. They were great with a fried egg and ketchup. I bet it would be good with some chopped scallions mixed in.

  8. I just made these for breakfast. I added a bit of bacon in them and wow...this recipe is a keeper! Thanks so much for posting it :-)


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