Mashed Potato Pancakes
Mashed potato pancakes are a fun and easy way to use up leftover mashed potatoes (you can also make fresh mashed potatoes, of course!). They’re golden and crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside, and loaded with potato, cheese, herbs, and spices. Every bite is irresistible!
Mashed potato pancakes are one of the easiest and most delicious ways to use up leftover mashed potatoes if you have them! Whether you’ve just hosted a holiday crowd or you don’t feel like reheating Sunday’s dinner, the idea of turning them into savory, seasoned pancakes just makes sense!
- About these mashed potato pancakes
- What you need
- How to make them
- The difference between potato pancakes and latkes
- Tips for Success:
- What to eat with potato pancakes
- How to make these pancakes your own
- Make Ahead, Storage, & Reheating
- More savory breakfast recipes
- Get the Recipe: Mashed Potato Pancakes
About these mashed potato pancakes
- Quick and Easy: Potato pancakes come together so quickly and are portable for on-the-go breakfasts, school lunch bags, appetizers, and afternoon snacks. Top them with a fried egg and a slice of perfectly cooked bacon for the perfect brunch!
- So full of flavor: These little gems are rounds of deliciously seasoned fluffy mashed potatoes on the inside, and when fried, the outside forms a crispy golden brown exterior. There is a sharp cheesy flavor from the parmesan that gives the pancakes just a bit of extra saltiness.
- Customizable: Along with mashed potatoes, a little garlic and onion powder, and fresh herbs, these divine little savory potato pancakes are perfection. However, they can be customized to add in some extra ingredients for extra flavor! They are just as tasty served warm on their own, with a smear of chive butter, with a spoonful of bacon jam, or with a side of your favorite tangy dip!
What you need
- Potatoes – Idaho or russet potatoes are great for mashed potatoes, as are Yukon Golds. Peel them and cut them into 1-inch cubes for boiling.
- Grated Parmesan Cheese – Whenever possible, grate your own from a block. The prepackaged stuff comes coated with additives. We also love a sharp cheddar in potato pancakes!
- All-Purpose Flour – Used to help give the mashed potato pancakes a bit more structure and strength.
- Egg – Just one egg is needed for binding all of the ingredients together.
- Seasonings – You probably have them all in your pantry! You’ll need garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, salt, and ground black pepper.
- Oil – You need an oil that has a high smoke point. Vegetable or olive oil will work as will avocado oil.
How to make them
Make Seasoned Mashed Potatoes: Boil 6 cups of water over high heat and cook the potatoes for 6-8 minutes or until soft. Drain the potatoes from the water and mash them in a large bowl. (Did you know you can also make mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot? We love this method!) Add the parmesan, flour, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper and mash and mix until combined.
Fry Potato Pancakes: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In the meantime, form two-inch balls from the dough then flatten them out into ½-inch thick patties.
Fry 6-8 patties in the pan at one time for 2 ½ – 3 minutes on each side or until light and golden on each side.
Repeat the process with the remaining potato mixture.
Let them cool on a plate with a paper towel for five minutes then serve with sour cream and chopped chives if desired.
The difference between potato pancakes and latkes
Potato pancakes and latkes are similar, however, latkes are generally made with shredded potato rather than mashed. They’re both rounded into flat disks. They are both golden crispy pancakes that are seasoned and lightly fried.
Mashed potato pancakes are said to have a German origin, at a time when food scarcity bred food creativity. Now they are enjoyed by people all over the world, and latkes are a staple tradition throughout Hanukkah.
Tips for Success:
To ensure crispiness, you want to make sure your pan and oil are hot before adding the pancakes. It’s also important to make sure there is not too much moisture in the pancakes. There’s no need to squeeze out any excess water from the potatoes, but it’s important to use enough flour. If you want extra crispy pancakes, try dredging the outside of the pancake before adding it to the pan!
Pancakes that don’t fall apart
To keep the pancakes from falling apart, we use a binding agent – an egg. This addition will do wonders for keeping your pancake intact. You’ll also want to make sure there isn’t too much moisture. If you notice they’re not holding together when you form them, try adding a bit more flour.
What to eat with potato pancakes
- Toppings: Savory mashed potato pancakes pair as well with the sweetness of applesauce as they do with the tang of sour cream. Your favorite dipping sauce or a scoop of bacon jam is a good place to start.
- Make it a meal: If you’re serving them as the main you can enjoy them with a simple side salad. If they’re a part of a delicious breakfast or brunch, serve them with bacon, eggs, and a batch of this strawberry cream cheese French toast.
- Make it a little fancy: Pair these with candied bacon and a mimosa (or a mimosa mocktail!) for a simple, sweet, and savory breakfast idea!
How to make these pancakes your own
- Potato Alternatives: If you’re not up to mashing potatoes today and you don’t have any leftovers, you can use store-bought mashed potatoes. Keep in mind the texture may be different and you may need to add more or less flour to get the right consistency.
- Add ins: Chopped onion, caramelized onion, bacon bits, ham are delicious. Be careful with adding too many add-ins, as they will make your pancakes more crumbly.
- Cheese Alternatives: Try mozzarella or cheddar for a gooey cheesy interior.
- Add Meat: Leftover rotisserie chicken or holiday turkey? Shred a handful and add it to the mixture. Just don’t add too much or the pancakes won’t hold together well.
- Spice It Up: Add chopped jalapeño or sriracha sauce to the mixture.
- Dietary Adaptations: For a gluten-free version, make them with gluten-free flour or without flour altogether. For a vegan mashed potato pancake skip the eggs! The structure of the pancake may not hold as well, but they’ll still be delicious.
Make Ahead, Storage, & Reheating
- Make Ahead: Save a bit of time later on and make the mashed potatoes ahead of time. They can be made up to 3 days before and combined and fried the day of. Super easy.
- Storage: Keep cooled pancakes in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. This recipe yields about 20 pancakes, so you may want to freeze leftovers. Store in a freezer-friendly bag and separate them with parchment paper for up to three months.
- Reheating: Place in the oven at 350ºF for 5 minutes or until crispy on the outside. They also reheat well in the air fryer. You can use the microwave, but they won’t get crispy.
Get the Recipe: Mashed Potato Pancakes
- 2 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ cup vegetable or olive oil
- Boil 6 cups of water over high heat and cook the potatoes for 6 to 8 minutes or until soft.
- Drain the potatoes and mash them in a large bowl.
- Add the parmesan, flour, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt and pepper; mash and mix until combined.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In the meantime, form two-inch balls from the dough then flatten them out into ½-inch thick patties.
- Fry 6 to 8 patties in the pan at one time for 2 ½ – 3 minutes on each side or until light and golden on each side. Repeat the process with the remaining potato mixture.
- Let pancakes cool on a plate with a paper towel for five minutes. Serve with sour cream and chopped chives if desired.
- Makes 18-20 potato pancakes
- Store leftover potato pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Reheat them in a 350ºF oven for 5 minutes or until crispy.