Potato Pancakes

It is no secret that I am downright obsessed with mashed potatoes. It’s not something I hide. I embrace my addiction. So when I had leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving I did the next best thing to sitting on the couch with a bowl of them on my lap watching a Lifetime movie: I made them for breakfast. And sat on the couch and watched a Lifetime movie.

This recipe assumes that you have leftover mashed potatoes which, in all honesty, is a rarity in our home. But leftover mashed potatoes are essential because fresh mashed potatoes would result in gooey pancakes. And no one would eat the gooey pancakes. And if no one ate the gooey pancakes then you wasted mashed potatoes. And to waste mashed potatoes is blasphemy. So if you don’t have mashed potatoes in your fridge, make them ahead of time then make these pancakes the next day.

Potato Pancakes Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated romano cheese
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt



Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Reserve pan drippings but remove from heat so that it doesn't burn while you prepare the pancakes.


Combine bacon, mashed potatoes, eggs, green onions and romano cheese. Mix well. Form into 4 - 6 hamburger sized patties.


Combine panko, garlic powder and kosher salt on a plate. Press potato pancakes into the panko mixture.


Return the bacon drippings to medium heat. Once hot, place pancakes into drippings. Cook until browned on both sides and warmed through. About 3 minutes each side. Serve.



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    Iris Causey
    May 29, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I forgot the eggs! Add as many as u need for Ur recipe! I use 2 to each person!

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    Iris Causey
    May 29, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Try this u will love it!

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    Iris Causey
    May 29, 2013 at 5:13 am

    My mother made mashed potatoes, green pepper, onions, mushrooms, combine and make into patty(salt & pepper) pat of butter, & flour! Fry! So..so good! Now I make them & have been for years!

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    December 2, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    These look and sound amazing. As you know, mashed potatoes are also a very important aspect of my life :)

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    Aviva Goel
    December 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Tonight’s the first night of Hanukkah so I made potato pancakes and apple sauce tonight! It was deelish! My pancakes were inspired by yours (no bacon though!), but I used matzo meal instead of panko breadcrumbs and it turned out deelish! Thanks for the great recipe!!

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    Jenn's Food Journey
    December 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Dang it! We ate all of our mashed potatoes already!! This looks so good, I may just need to make some just for this recipe!

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    December 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

    YUM!! My brother made potato and stuffing cakes for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving. He just combined leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing, shaped them into patties, dredged them in flour, and fried them in a little butter. SO GOOD!

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    December 1, 2010 at 8:28 am

    As it happens we made potato cakes for dinner last night. Should have added more egg – they fell apart and turned into hash. Still tasted good.

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