Potato Pancakes

Jane Whittaker


Not so much a recipe, but a method of using leftovers.
This is a "planover" for me. The amount of onions and flour vary on the amount of mashed potatoes you have left over.
Started making these years ago for the 2nd meal on Thanksgiving day. We would eat at 1:00 and then have another buffet type meal later.


★★★★★ 2 votes

depends on how much mashed po's you have
15 Min
10 Min
Deep Fry


  • 2 to 3 c
    leftover mashed potatoes, made with butter and milk,
  • 1/3 to 3/4 c
    flour, depends on the amt of potatoes
  • 1/4 to 1/3 c
    grated onion
  • 1 large
  • ·
    extras, cooked crumbled bacon, bacon fat, leftover cooked meat
  • 1 c
    seasoned breadcrumbs of your choice, i like italian.

How to Make Potato Pancakes


  1. In a large bowl, put your mashed potatoes, an egg, desired amount of grated onion,and enough flour to make the mixture hold well enough together to fry. it always takes more flour than I think it will.
  2. Add any desired leftovers, We like roast beef or bacon in this, even bacon fat gives a nice flavor.
  3. Make desired size patties. Roll in breadcrumbs.
  4. Sprinkle a layer of breadcrumbs in the botom of the plate you are going to refrigerate them in.
  5. Put in a single layer on the prepared dish, cover and refridgerate until ready to fry.
  6. I like to deep fat fry, but certainly you could pan fry these as well. Cook at 350 degrees for 4 to 6 minutes, or until golden.

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About Potato Pancakes

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Jewish

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