Let’s Make Leftovers Great Again! Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes are crispy on the outside and have a cheesy creamy mashed potato texture on the inside. It’s the most delicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.
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Grammy was the Queen of making leftovers taste great again. She went way beyond just reheating a day old dish. Whether it was making a turkey pot pie with Thanksgiving leftovers or these delicious Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes. Leftovers did not taste like left overs at Grammy’s house.
What’s the best way to reheat mashed potatoes?
Reheating mashed potatoes and getting them to taste delicious again can be a bit tricky. That’s why I love making these Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes. Just by adding a few simple ingredients you can breath new life into your leftovers. Making them into crispy fried Mashed Potato Cakes is my favorite way to reheat mashed potatoes.
What are the best flavors to add to my Mashed Potato Cakes?
The point of making these Mashed Potato Cakes is to use up leftovers. So use this recipe as a guide and add in whatever ingredients you have on hand. Here are some other great add ins for you to try.
- Bacon pieces
- Chopped up ham bits
- Fresh Chives
- Mix in leftover stuffing with the potatoes
- Your favorite shredded cheese
The Mashed Potato Cakes that Grammy used to make were never the same. She always just used what she had on hand.
How do you make Fried Mashed Potato Cakes?
Making Mashed Potato Cakes couldn’t be easier. It’s just a matter of combining a few simple ingredients to your leftover mashed potatoes.
First you want to use about 2-3 cups of chilled leftover mashed potatoes. Then you add in eggs, flour and whatever add ins you choose.
Today I had some cheddar cheese and fresh thyme on hand.
Once you combine the ingredients together use an ice cream scoop to scoop out a bit of potato mixture. Form it into a ball with your hands, then flatten it slightly and dip each side in bread crumbs.
The bread crumbs form a nice crispy coating on the outside of your potato cake.
I like to make all of my cakes and put them on a dish until I’m ready to fry them.
They taste best when eaten as soon as they are fried. If you want to keep them warm you can keep them in a low temperature oven until you are ready to eat them. That’s the best way to retain there crispy coating.
Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes
- 3 Cups Mashed Potatoes
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1-1 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese ,shredded
- 2-3 teaspoons Fresh Thyme ,chopped
- 1/4 Cup Seasoned bread crumbs
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- In a large bowl, mix cold mashed potatoes with a fork to loosen them back up.
- Add flour, eggs, cheese, and thyme and mix to combine.
- Using an ice scream scoop or large spoon scoop out enough mashed potato mixture to form a ball about 3-4 inches in diameter.
- Slightly flatten the ball and dip each side in bread crumbs. Set aside onto a plate and continue to make cakes until all of the potato mixture is gone.
- Place a few cakes into your heated pan. Check periodically to make sure they are not burning and adjust heat as needed. I cooked mine about 3-5 minutes on each side. **If they seem to be browning too quickly....before inside of the cake and get hot....reduce heat slightly.
- Serve immediately or Place on an oven safe dish and place in about a 275 Degree oven to keep warm and crispy until you are ready to serve.
What did you add to your Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes? Let me know in the comments below.
Here are some other great side dishes to try.
Easy Sweet Potato Fritters with Mango Salsa & Honey Lime Sour Cream
Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Corn Bread
Diane lavoie says
Such a great recipe to use leftover mashed potatoes! And so many different options to add. Loved it when Gram made these!
Looks yummy, i put a can of tuna fish in mine and fry them, it tastes nice, add spices, and yahoo.