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We love fried potato cakes. I always use leftover mashed potatoes to make these little cakes.  They are great as appetizers with Honey Mustard Sauce or Salsa, for breakfast or just anytime.

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg
1 small onion or several green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (can use cayenne)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup oil for frying
Mix all ingredients except the oil into the potatoes.  Make into patties.  Fry in hot oil until browned on both sides.  Makes about 12 patties.  Enjoy!
Note:  Can add chopped bacon or ham and shredded cheese.
Click for my recipe for Honey Mustard Sauce.
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  1. pat stockowski says:

    My mom has made these for years, but she uses iitalian bread crumbs instead of flour.

  2. Love these! Momma always made these with leftover mashed potatoes….so good and worked as a side and “bread” at same time. Can’t beat down-home simple food made with love!

  3. Could you use gluten free bread crumbs instead of flour?

  4. I am so happy to see this. I grew up in Nashville and my Mother always made potato cakes like this with leftover mashed potatoes. I live in the Midwest now and everyone thinks I am crazy!

    • Marilyn Perrry says:

      My family made these also, just like the recipe here. So good.

    • I have lived in Indiana all of my life I can remember my parents making these out of left over mashed potatoes I loved them dearly. I haven’t had them for a long time but I have thought about making some this week end. Good simple down home food nothing better.

  5. yum – yum! Hard not to love these!

  6. You can also bake this!!! No oil…….saves many calories!!!

  7. Love potato cakes, but what caught my attention was the Bybee pottery in the pic.

  8. Used to make these years ago. Great with a dollop of sour cream.

  9. Chris Mendoza says:

    I love mine with Granny Smith applesauce. oh so good!

  10. Love this site THANK YOU!

  11. I make these from time to time and add bacon bits to them. I use left over white or brown gravy for dipping. Have even been known to fix them for breakfast, put an over easy egg on top with gravy. Very good.

  12. Heard about these I’m going to try them this morning thanks

  13. I love this site!!!

  14. MMMM! These are true comfort food for me…my mama made them often when I was growing up. Thanks for the reminder….my mouth is watering already. =)

  15. Oh goodness. Our friends just got a deep fryer. Look at those. We get to have some fun next week.

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