Mashed Potato Patties

The best thing about planning your menus is making good use of leftovers.  

The braised pork I posted about on Friday made enough for 2 meals for us.

I made Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions to go with the pork – and doubled the amount for more leftovers.

Mashed potato patties were always a treat when I was growing up.  My mother didn’t often make mashed potatoes and when she did, there were rarely leftovers.

These are simple and quick…. You can make them plain, just using the leftover mash (garlic, onion, cheese, whatever) or you can add bits of bacon, feta cheese or olives to tart them up a bit.

Mashed Potato Patties

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 – 2 tbs milk or yogurt
  • 1 tbs olive oil or butter

Mashed Potato Patties


  • Lightly whisk egg in a medium bowl. 
  • Mash potatoes with a fork so they are not stiff. 
  • Add mashed potatoes, herbs to egg and mix thoroughly. 
  • Add 1 tbs milk or yogurt.  If they are very stiff add a bit more, otherwise do not. 
  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Dividing potato mixture into fourths, spoon into hot skillet and shape into patties with the back of the spoon.  The patties should be about an inch thick (2.5 cm). 
  • Sauté 10 minutes on each side, turning once.  They should be nicely browned. 
  • Be careful turning them so they don’t break apart – if they do, just pat them back together.  Serve hot.

Do you, like me, often end up saying to yourself: “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time…..”

As you find yourself mired waist deep in some project and can’t remember why you’re standing in the sh*t in the first place….

I thought I would put my cook books on sale at Barnes and Noble (as well as Amazon).

I Googled it and ‘they’ all seemed to think it was a good idea.

And as long as the work was already done… I mean, how hard could it be?

Well…. Something much akin to putting a big round peg into a tiny square hole.

Which brings me to my next question:

Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a nightmare project, doing Google search after Google search trying to find the answers to your questions, wondering why no one has answered them before?

The questions are out there, just no answers.

Does that mean that there aren’t any answers? That what you’re trying to do can’t be done or shouldn’t even be tried?

Then you finally figure it all out, and think…. ‘Should I tell someone’?

I mean, if I spent an entire day on this and finally got it working, wouldn’t it be nice to let the rest of the world in on it?

Or did the rest of the world figure it out on their own yonks ago and decide not to share?

And if I did decide to tell the world how to change a book from the Kindle MOBI format to the Nook epub format using Sigil….. Who would really care?

You see my point, don’t you?

I may have been at this too long….

I’m going to go make some soup.

I know how to do that.

Last update on July 15, 2019

6 thoughts on “Mashed Potato Patties”

  1. Ah potato cakes, yes, I always considered them a treat when my mom made them. There was always mashed potatoes on Sunday with the bacon fried chicken but rarely left overs as you say. Now, I’ll make mashed potatoes and double the potatoes … just so we can have the cakes 😉 and when I’m good …
    To tell the world … or not to tell the world … yep, I go make soup too.

  2. I was a fool for mashed potato patties when I was a kid. Once a month my parents would go up to Munich (München) and bring back ketchup, and oh yeah, other groceries. I was even more of a fool for that. The combo was superb.
    “As you find yourself mired waist deep in some project and can’t remember why you’re standing in the sh*t in the first place….” An apt description of the current state of my career 🙂

  3. Linda, and I think it gets steeper with age LOL
    manningroad, I’m learning a lot. It would be easier if I would also learn to slow down….
    Zoomie – what it the old saying – Jack of all trades; master of none? (Would that be a Jenny of all trades, I wonder…)
    Tanna, my mother fried or Mashed Potato Cakes in Bacon Fat – there was always a jar in the fridge.
    Dan, funny, I think I’ve actually been in this place before – SSDD (Same Sh*t; Different Day) I liked mustard on mine – when the gravy was gone.

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