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Fix a potato cakes recipe as a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. 

Potato Cakes Recipe

Get creative with the addition of crab meat, smoked salmon or other tasty tidbits. 

Potato cakes can be made with either fresh or frozen potatoes.

Though not my first choices, you can even make potato cakes using instant potatoes. They are definitely handy to have on hand for a "quick fix." 

Easy Potato Cakes Using Mashed Potatoes


  • 2 c. leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c. flour


Stir beaten egg and flour together. Then stir the egg mixture into the mashed potatoes. Form the resulting "batter" into patties. Dip both sides of the potato cakes into a bit of additional flour. Put a small amount of oil or shortening into a heavy skillet and brown the potato cakes on both sides.

Add any of these tasty variations:

  • Chopped or ground ham
  • Diced onion
  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Red or green bell pepper
  • Shredded cheese (add at the end of the browning process)

Serves 4-8

Potato Cakes Recipe Using Hash Brown Potatoes


  • 1 lb. frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1/3 c. grated onion
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. dairy sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 to 6 tbsp. oil for frying


Combine all ingredients: potatoes, onion, flour, sour cream, eggs and salt. Heat oil in a large skillet. Drop potato mixture, using about two tablespoons for each potato cake, into the oil. Press each potato cake with a fork to flatten. Fry until browned and a bit crisp on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. 

Makes 16 3" potato cakes

You can also use dried hash brown potato mix. This is a great alternative if you are making potato cakes for a large group.

Swiss Potato Cakes Recipe

Swiss Potato Recipes include this potato cakes recipe for Potato Roesti.

Potato Cakes Recipe

Potato Cakes Recipe Using Fresh Potatoes


  • 3-4 white potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp. oil for frying


Combine flour, egg, baking powder and salt. Mix egg mixture with grated potatoes. Drop potato cake mixture into oil heated in a skillet and fry (turning once) until browned on both sides.

There are many variations on the basic recipe for potato cakes. One very tasty version is Potato Cakes Recipe with Salmon. A tasty party appetizer is our Potato Cakes Recipe with Crab. If you have leftovers from a roast beef dinner, make a Potato Cakes Recipe with Beef for lunch the next day.

Potato Cakes Recipe

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Potato Cakes Recipe with Salmon

Potato Cakes Recipe with Crab

Potato Cakes Recipe with Beef

Potato Pancake Recipe

German Potato Pancake Recipe

Swiss Potato Recipes include a wonderful potato pancake recipe.

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