Parmesan Crusted Fried Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe

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In our house, you’ll find it’s a very rare occasion when there is leftover mashed potatoes. Aside from my potato loving self, my daughter Kaydence is a mashed potato fanatic. Her potato cravings have gotten so ridiculous that when we all sat down to watch a movie the other night, instead of reaching for the bowl of popcorn my husband popped, she ran in the kitchen to grab my bowl of leftover mashed potatoes from dinner and proceeded to finger dip in the bowl.

It’s her obsession. However, this week she’s been sick and there were a few nights her appetite was so low that we ended up with a quart sized bag of taters left over. Instead of letting them go to waste I thought it would be fun to dress them up a bit with a Parmesan cracker crust.

parmesan crusted fried mashed potato cakes


On the outside you get a crispy golden layer but on the inside it’s a silky smooth mashed potato bite. Mmm.

creamy mashed potato pancakes


Parmesan Crusted Fried Mashed Potato Cakes Recipe
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Type: Side Dish
Serves: 1 dozen
  • 2 cups buttered mashed potatoes, thick
  • ¼ cup Crisco vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup Original Club Crackers, finely crumbled
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 eggs
  1. Heat shortening in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. In a small dish, whisk eggs until smooth, set aside.
  3. On a plate, mix cracker crumbs, Parmesan cheese and parsley, set aside.
  4. Form about 2 tablespoons of chilled mashed potatoes into a ball. If your mashed potatoes aren't thick, add a bit of flour to the them.
  5. Roll mashed potato ball in the egg wash.
  6. Roll mashed potato ball in the crumb mixture and slightly flatten into a patty.
  7. Cook each potato cake for about 1 - 2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  8. Drain excess oil on the potato cakes on a paper towel before serving warm.


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  1. Cathy W says

    Those sound and look delish, golden and crunchy just the way I like them.

  2. says

    I love doing something similar with leftovers. I guess I should get to making them and blogging it:) Yours looks just as yummy.

    • Bruce Nelson says

      I remember mom making these when I was a kid… I think , this afternoon it is time to make them again. they were sooooo good !

  3. says

    I love making potato cakes from left over mashed potatoes, but it’s never occured to me to put a crust of some kind on them. I’m stealing this!

    • says

      You know I thought about just throwing the taters right in there but something about Parmesan cheese sounded really good and it was.

  4. Eileen says

    I have tried this before and didnt use the egg wash and just didnt cut it. We also have a huge mashed potato freak here and usually dont have leftovers. But when we do, it seems they get watery and have to pitch them. I will try them. The pictures look yumma! Thanks, Cat!

    • says

      Hmm … watery? What do you use when you mash the potatoes? For this batch I just used a bit of milk and 1/2 a stick of butter and whipped them in the electric mixer. They come out pretty thick.

  5. Jessie C. says

    I like the potato cakes idea. We used to get frozen ones at TJ’s. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. says

    You bet me to it! I have been wanting to make mashed potato cakes since Turkey Day. I had made a huge amount of mashed potatoes so I could make these, but they all got eaten up!

    Yours looks yummy!

  7. courtney b says

    there are so many yummy things you can make with leftover mashed potatoes! love this!

  8. says

    This is totally a unique recipe. We don’t ever have left over potatoes. One thing my boys totally love!

  9. kasey says

    again, bookmarked – I also never have leftover mashed potatoes, but I don’t mind planning and saving some to the side :)

    • says

      That’s a great idea. I’m gonna have to start saving them for breakfast on the weekends or just make a big batch to save them all.

  10. Donna B. says

    Mmmmmmm, all sorts of deliciousness on a plate!! I’ll have to try these :)

  11. says

    Gosh these look soooo good! I’m going to have to make me some of these, especially because we always tend to have mashed potatoes left over because the little boys won’t eat them!

    • says

      Really? Mashed potatoes are usually such a huge kid food. I’ve taught my daughter to dip a nugget in the potatoes then some ketchup … yum. :)

      • says

        My kids are weird. Though I bet they would eat this because it isn’t mushy. They do love edamame… weird right? (I don’t think I spelled that right lol)

  12. says

    Send some my way, please?!!? I’ve been craving mashed potatoes lately and these look and sound amazing! I wish I had your skillz ;)

  13. says

    These look delicious! I’ll have to keep this recipe around in case I ever over mash potatoes! It’s a great way to use them if you get a little carried away and make them gummy. But even without that, I may have to try these.

  14. says

    YUM!!! love potato cakes. usually a little greasy but oh so good! was wondering if we could add some cheddar or mozerella to the mix!

  15. says

    Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, this sounds and looks AMAZING! Now, does anyone know how to make good thick mash potatoes?

  16. says

    What perfect timing!? A different take on latkes for Hanukkah or a way to use up leftovers. Either way they sound delicious and served with my condiment of choice for latkes, sour cream, they make a great side dish.

    The Dinner Belle for

  17. ellen says

    My Mother made these years and years ago with the exception of the parmesan. I remember potatoe pancakes well and love them although like your house I never have many leftover mashed potatoes :) I usually peel as many as we need but next time I am going to make more and do this- these are great in the winter!

  18. says

    I also can’t imagine mashed potatoes ever being leftover long enough to call for a second use in my house. That said, this recipe looks so good I might have to make mashed potatoes with the express purpose of turning them into parmesan potato cakes!

  19. says

    Mmm! Fried potato cakes always seem like they’re missing something when I make them — I think they need Parmesan! I’m going to make some after Christmas with the potatoes I know we’ll have left over!

  20. says

    I love potato cakes. Yours look easy to make and like they would taste so good. Gotta find a gluten free substitute for the Club crackers, though.

  21. Judy Bradley says

    Wow this sounds really good. I am going to try this! You have so many great sounding recipes!

  22. says

    What a great recipe. I tend to overmake mashed potatoes so this is perfect for me. Usually I set aside leftovers for shepherd’s pie, this will be a great option too! Thanks!

  23. says

    Can’t wait to try your recipe. I’t reminds me of my Mom.
    She made the best potato cakes!!

  24. Rebekah parks says

    Please sern me an invite!!! There ares so many good recipes on here!!

  25. Gabriella says

    I think i may make these for thanksgiving! do you reply the vegetable shortening for each potato cake? or can you use the 1/4 the while time?