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Easy Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Leftover loaded mashed potato cakes are the perfect way to use leftover mashed potatoes! Not only are they easy to make they are my favorite leftover mashed potato recipe!

It really doesn’t matter the time of year, we love our comfort food around here. Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food, right? If you love them as much as we do, hang on to your skillets! I have a great way to make an entirely new dish out of the leftovers…

Loaded mashed potato cakes!

Who knew something so simple could be so delicious and easy? They are super kid friendly, and hubby friendly. Josh and Levi absolutely love them, and I feel great knowing that our food budget stays under control with good use of leftovers.

potato cakes on white plate an easy way to use leftover mashed potatoes

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How do you make these fried potato cakes?

First, you want to add the mashed potatoes, eggs, bacon, cheese, ranch mix and one cup of flour to a large mixing bowl. Stir it very carefully until it is well combined. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to get a thick consistency. You want them to be thick enough to form a patty, but not so thick they are like rocks. It’s better to err on the side of “not thick enough”.

making loaded potato cakes

Heat your oil in a large skillet. You want it large enough that the potato cakes are not crowded, and will flip easily. Carefully add your potato cakes to the hot oil and fry for 3-4 minutes, then flip and fry 3-4 more additional minutes. They should be a nice, golden brown color.

making potato cakes in skillet, potato cakes on white plate

Remove from skillet to a paper towel to drain slightly, then top with sour cream and onions.

Quick and easy dinner is just a couple cups of mashed potatoes away! Try these easy potato cakes tonight!

Ingredients:

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Ranch Mix
  • Flour (may not need all of it)
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions (chopped)

Instructions:

  1. Add mashed potatoes, eggs, bacon, cheese, ranch mix, and ONE cup of flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir until WELL combined.
  2. Gradually flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until potatoes become thick and can be formed into a patty. Don’t make them too thick.
  3. Shape them into 2-3 inch balls and gently flatten into patties.
  4. Heat large skillet on medium high heat, and add oil to fill about 1 inch.
  5. Place patties into oil. Cook and flip until each side is golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain, then place on plate.
  6. Top with sour cream and green onions. Serve and enjoy!

What is your favorite comfort food? Will you try these loaded potato cakes?

loaded potato cakes on plate

Leftover Loaded Potato Cakes

Leftover loaded potato cakes are the perfect way to use leftover mashed potatoes! Not only are they easy to make they are my favorite leftover mashed potato recipe!

Servings 4 people
Author Allison Lancaster

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup cooked bacon crumbled
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 package dry ranch mix
  • 3 cups flour may not need all of it
  • vegetable oil enough to cover 1 inch deep in skillet
  • sour cream
  • green onions chopped

Instructions

  1. Add mashed potatoes, eggs, bacon, cheese, ranch mix, and ONE cup of flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir until WELL combined.

  2. Gradually add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until potatoes become thick and can be formed into a patty. Don’t make them too thick.

  3. Shape them into 2-3 inch balls and gently flatten into patties.

  4. Heat large skillet on medium high heat, and add oil to fill about 1 inch

  5. .Place patties into oil. Cook and flip until each side is golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain, then place on plate.

  6. Top with sour cream and green onions. Serve and enjoy!

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