If there is one food I do not support reheating in the microwave to eat at a later date, it is mashed potatoes. Freshly made, these are hands down my favorite food, but one day old mashed potatoes? I’ll pass.

With this leftover cheesy mashed potato pancake recipe, all your leftover woes go down the drain. You can make a delicious meal using just a few ingredients and repurposing those leftovers that — let’s be honest — you probably were going to toss anyway.

Leftover Cheesy Mashed Potato Pancakes

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:5-7 minutes
  • Total Time:15-20 minutes
  • Servings:8 potato pancakes
  • Medium


  • 2 cup leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 teaspoon chopped scallions
  • 2 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Vegetable Oil
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  • Step 1

    Place mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, and chopped bacon in a bowl and mix together until well combined.

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  • Step 2

    Add 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of flour to the mixture and mix together until fully combined.

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  • Step 3

    Create 8-10 patties out of mashed potato mixture.

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  • Step 4

    Using the remaining flour, coat each patty.

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  • Step 5

    Heat between 2-4 tablespoons of oil over medium heat and fry potato patties for 4 minutes each side or until golden brown.

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  • Step 6

    Remove potato pancakes from heat and stack on plate.

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  • Step 7

    Serve with dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped scallions.

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