Mashed Potato Patties

Monday, September 12, 2005

Mashed Potato PattyLeftover mashed potatoes is in itself a rarely uttered phrase in our house. We love mashed potatoes, don’t get us wrong… and there is your answer.

I made Sweets a birthday steak dinner with green beans and garlic mashed potatoes with full on butter! It was good eats. I went ahead and made up a large batch of potatoes as you can never have too much I realized. To kick up this batch into the garlic realm I melted a couple tablespoons of butter on the stove as the pototes were cooking and gently simmered 3 cloves of crushed garlic in the melted butter. This was then stired into the potatoes during the mashing. It was excellent.

If for some surprising reason you ever have leftover mashed potatoes in your kitchen, I recommend gussying them up by pan-frying them as patties. We also really enjoyed these with two dressings picked up from a recently watched Micheal Chiarello’s (swoon) show: caramelized onion and vanilla mango.

Mashed Potato Patty Pan Fried Mashed Potato Patties

Simple as can be, in fact I can’t really claim this to be a recipe! How about a procedure?

Scoop out cold mashed potatoes with a cookie scoop. Flatten slightly in the palm of your hand and lightly dust with seasoned and spiced flour.

Gently lay the patties in a hot pan with a light layering of melted butter mixed with olive oil.

Cook on both sides till golden.

These are great on a bed of greens with the following two dressings from Micheal Chiarello: Carmelized Onion Sauce and Vanilla Mango Dressing. The Mango Dressing is also a good use of vanilla vinegar.

Additional Notes:
- when I make mashed potatoes, I let my ricer catch the potato peels so I don’t have to peel the potatos. However, I tossed the cooked peels back in with the leftover mashed potatoes to help given the patties more texture.
- these are great patties for all sorts of stir ins… cheese, corn, sauted sausage bits, sauted garlic, you name it!


posted September 12th, 2005 at 6:17 pm

One word: Yum!

- Nic
posted September 12th, 2005 at 7:03 pm

This is what we always do if we happen to have leftover mashed potatoes. They are so good!

- Joe @ Culinary in the Desert
posted September 13th, 2005 at 2:46 am

Oh yum!!! I feel so bad as I ate all our left over mashed potatoes for lunch today :-( I could have had this! Next time for sure :-)

- joey
posted September 15th, 2005 at 7:44 am

Your dinner sounds GREAT! I love potato cakes too (that’s what my grandmother used to call them). BTW, thanks for sharing the Cookie Sutra. Its hysterical! I’m giving a copy to my cookie-queen friend who just got engaged.

- becky
posted September 16th, 2005 at 4:44 am

we call them potato cakes too :-) sooo good with some chives and a little crème fraîche. i just found your site and i really enjoy it.

- ranae
posted September 16th, 2005 at 7:01 am

The Husband and Nicholas despise mashed potatoes, so I rarely make them. But they’re going down the shore this weekend, I think I know what MY dinner is going to be!

- Sweetnicks
posted April 7th, 2006 at 12:12 pm

You can take leftover mashed potatoes and add any thing you like! as long as you add egg and a little flour they well be GREAT!

  • Actually you don’t need to add egg at all. Omitting the butter makes this a great vegan/vegetarian option. I agree though, panfried mashed potatoes can rarely go wrong!


- Steve
posted September 21st, 2006 at 12:23 pm

Looks like some Yummie patties!!:) I gotta try them sometime.

- Cheryl
posted November 9th, 2006 at 6:47 am

We make ‘tuna burgers’ by mixing the potatoes with finely chopped onion and celery, the rind of 1 lemon, grated on a nutmeg grater, and the lemon juice, before frying.

Another good one is to mix the potato with chopped corriander, lemon rind & juice and a finely-chopped deseeded chilli.

- Meg
posted July 28th, 2007 at 10:49 am


- Tiffany "Cutie" McCord
posted November 27th, 2007 at 8:34 am

These sound delicious! I can’t wait to try them. I love recipes that reuse leftovers, like this I don’t have to eat the same dinner twice in a row, and don’t have to let it rot in the refrigerator. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your blog.

- cookingenthusiast
posted January 20th, 2008 at 1:01 pm

This was a great recipe for my family. Hate to waste food and do not like to keep reheating. Delicious!

- cindy
posted February 27th, 2008 at 6:06 am

This recipie sounds so easy & delicious. I will tery it today. THANKS!

- Idane
posted October 14th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

When I was growing up, the mornings after dinners with mashed potatoes were mornings my mother would make buttery fried mashed potato patties to go with eggs and sausage. We’d drizzle the patties with melted butter and maple syrup… like pancakes…

Savory send-off for the day.

In the 2009 version, I’ve upgraded with margarine and turkey sausage, but the flavor is still old school…

- Gabrielle
posted March 7th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Yummy!! We just made these patties with our left over mashed potato’s~ adding minced onion, garlic and pepper~ they are just incredible! It is the easiest yummiest way to use these leftovers I’ve ever made~ my Grandmother would be proud! Thanks for the tips!

- Shannon
posted October 27th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

This sounds great. My mother always made them with mixing the flour into them. Maybe this works better. Then I worked with a gal that was from India, she brought fried potato balls that had tumeric in them. It was wonderful.

- Tiza

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