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Mashed Potato Pancakes

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Our Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe Transforms leftover mashed potatoes into golden, crispy pancakes that are both nostalgic and irresistible. These savory treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a satisfying side dish for any meal. With a crispy exterior and a creamy interior, each bite is bursting with flavor and texture. Whether you’re looking to breathe new life into leftovers or simply craving a deliciously comforting dish, our Mashed Potato Pancakes are sure to become a favorite in your recipe repertoire. 

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Ingredients for Mashed Potato Pancakes

  • 2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 2 strips of cooked bacon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) or preheat your air fryer to 390°F (200°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray if using the oven. If using an air fryer, place foil over the rack to prevent sticking.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the cold mashed potatoes, egg, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped green onion, and all-purpose flour. Mix until well combined.
Mashed Potato Pancake ingredients in mixing bowl
  • Form the mixture into patties, shaping them into rounds about 1/2 inch thick.
  • Spread the panko breadcrumbs on a plate. Coat each potato patty in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
Air Fryer Mashed Potato Pancake patties
  • If using the oven: Place the coated potato patties on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and bake the potato pancakes for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
  • If using the air fryer: Place the coated potato patties in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 10 minutes. Flip the patties over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
Air Fryer Mashed Potato Pancakes in Airfryer
  • Once done, remove the potato pancakes from the oven or air fryer and serve them hot as a delicious side dish or snack. Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • Use Cold Mashed Potatoes: Cold mashed potatoes work best for this recipe as they hold their shape better when forming into patties.
  • Add Binding Ingredients: Adding an egg and flour helps bind the mashed potato mixture together, ensuring the pancakes hold their shape during cooking.
  • Incorporate Flavorful Additions: Enhance the flavor of the pancakes by adding ingredients like shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped green onion, or herbs and spices.
  • Coat with Panko Breadcrumbs: Coating the potato patties in panko breadcrumbs before cooking adds an extra layer of crispiness to the exterior of the pancakes.
  • Chill the Patties: Place the coated potato patties in the freezer for about 10 minutes before cooking. This helps them firm up and hold their shape while cooking.
  • Preheat Oven or Air Fryer: Ensure your oven or air fryer is fully preheated before cooking the potato pancakes to ensure even cooking and crispiness.
  • Space Them Out: Whether baking in the oven or air frying, make sure to space the potato pancakes out evenly to allow for proper air circulation and even browning.
  • Flip Them Carefully: When flipping the pancakes, use a spatula to gently lift and turn them over to avoid breaking them apart.
  • Adjust Cooking Time: Cooking times may vary depending on the size and thickness of your potato pancakes and your oven or air fryer. Keep an eye on them and adjust the cooking time as needed to achieve your desired level of crispiness.
  • Serve Immediately: Potato pancakes are best enjoyed hot and crispy straight from the oven or air fryer. Serve them immediately as a delicious side dish or snack.
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FAQs about Mashed Potato Pancakes

Yes, you can use fresh mashed potatoes for this recipe. However, make sure they are chilled before forming into patties to help them hold their shape better during cooking.

While these pancakes are best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the potato mixture and form the patties in advance. Keep them covered in the refrigerator until ready to cook. Alternatively, you can cook the pancakes ahead of time and reheat them in the oven or air fryer before serving.

Absolutely! Feel free to customize the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. You can add additional seasonings, vegetables, or proteins to the mashed potato mixture to create your own unique variations of these pancakes.

Store any leftover cooked potato pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, simply place them in the oven or air fryer until heated through and crispy.

Yes, you can freeze these pancakes for future use. After forming the patties and coating them in breadcrumbs, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the pancakes to a freezer-safe bag or container and store for up to 3 months. To cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking or air frying as usual.

These pancakes make a delicious side dish or snack on their own, but you can also serve them with dipping sauces such as sour cream, ketchup, or aioli. They pair well with a side salad or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

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Mashed Potato Pancakes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Our Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe Transforms leftover mashed potatoes into golden, crispy pancakes that are both nostalgic and irresistible. These savory treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a satisfying side dish for any meal. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 2 strips cooked bacon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) or preheat your air fryer to 390°F (200°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with cooking spray if using the oven. If using an air fryer, place foil over the rack to prevent sticking.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the cold mashed potatoes, egg, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, chopped green onion, and all-purpose flour. Mix until well combined.
  4. Form the mixture into patties, shaping them into rounds about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Spread the panko breadcrumbs on a plate. Coat each potato patty in the breadcrumbs, pressing gently to adhere.
  6. If using the oven: Place the coated potato patties on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and bake the potato pancakes for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy, flipping halfway through the cooking time.If using the air fryer: Place the coated potato patties in the air fryer basket in a single layer. Cook at 390°F (200°C) for 10 minutes. Flip the patties over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  7. Once done, remove the potato pancakes from the oven or air fryer and serve them hot as a delicious side dish or snack. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

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18 Comments

  1. I would have never thought of doing Potato Pancakes in Air Fryer! So excited to try this! We make these all the time. Favorite thing to do with left over potatoes, in fact we always make a bit more than we need, just for Potato Pancakes. Thank you again!

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    I’m wondering if the bacon is absolutely necessary. As in the fat is needed for air frying or something. I’d like to try this but my SO is vegetarian. Will they come out okay without? I say “okay” because I know the revised recipe will be a shadow of the original without the bacon. :o)

  3. Can you freeze these and reheat them? I haven’t had luck freezing regular mashed potatoes, but wondering about these since you can buy so many kinds of frozen french fries/potato items.

    1. So easy to freeze separately and bag them. I reheat them frozen 10 minutes at 350° in oven. Same time and temp in the air fryer. My grandkids love them and I always have a side dish!

  4. These potato pancakes were amazing! Even my kids loved them! I am so happy to find another recipe for my air fryer. This one is going in my faves! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Awesome potato cakes!! Made them for lunch with thanksgiving leftover potatoes. Very crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
    I made a couple of tweaks. Preheated the fryer to add crunch, left in the freezer 15 minutes for added firmness and added two minutes to the second timed cooking. The second batch was better.

  6. My granddaughter and I love this recipe! Simple but you can add spices different flavor cheeses and get a different pancake everytime! Thanks!

  7. Made a few substitutions as I don’t eat pork and try to minimize both gluten and dairy. I also skipped the freezer step and used parchment paper instead of foil in my air fryer oven.
    These turned out absolutely perfect!! Not only will I make again and again; am really looking forward to trying out more of the air fryer recipes on adventuresofanurse.com.

    Thanks So Much!

  8. Carla thank you for this recipe. It seems very easy and I love using my air fryer.

    I have a question please. Other than flavor changes, will these work well with half the cheese and half the Panko you described?

    Thank you!

  9. This recipe is simple to make and a delight to eat! My granddaughter and I found the recipe when we were stuck with leftover mashed potatoes and it was a lifesaver. Now I can make mashed potatoes for one and not waste the leftovers. I make and freeze a batch everytime! Then I can take out as many as I need! It’s a win win!

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