Potato Cakes

Need an idea to use up some of the leftovers after Thanksgiving? Have you ever tried potato cakes? These are a favorite in our house and we have them whenever we have a pile of leftover Mashed Potatoes. These can be adapted to incorporated a variety of leftovers so clean out that fridge and see what you can find to make up a batch of these.

Potato Cakes

Potato Cakes


  • 2 c. mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter or oil for frying –you can use bacon grease too if you have any


Combine all the ingredients into a thick batter. Use 1 egg to start and add another if you need it to be a little thinner.

Heat the butter or oil over medium heat.

Drop the batter by large spoonfuls into the hot oil.

Fry for about 5 minutes per side until golden brown.

Place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain off some of the excess grease.

Serve hot.

Can be served with sour cream, shredded cheese, and bacon bits, if desired.


Try one of these or combine a couple for a special treat.

  • 1-2 c. cooked and shredded turkey or chicken
  • 1-2 c. leftover stuffing
  • 1 c. leftover veggies
  • 1-2 c. chopped ham
  • 1 c. shredded cheese
  • 6 slices bacon, crumbled

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