Leftover Mashed Potato Patties

Growing up in the western end of Schuylkill County in the Coal Region, we had access to great potatoes from local farms.  Whenever my local hosie (fire company) served a buffet dinner or did catering (for one of our iconic Coal Region “fire-hall weddings”), we went right to the farm and purchased those lovely Pennsylvania-grown potatoes by the 50 pound bags.

When my mom did the family grocery shopping Friday evenings (on Dad’s pay day), we had easy access to those same potatoes at all the local grocery stores. And so, growing up, my family had mashed potatoes…a LOT!  I remember having them at many meals throughout the week (and ALWAYS with a holiday dinner).

Inevitably, there were some mashed potatoes left over from some meals. My Mom used to gather those together in the fridge and make leftover mashed potato patties at the end of the week.  Browned in a cast iron pan in some butter and oil, they were crispy on the edges and creamy in the middle. These simple but delicious patties bring back very fond memories of my mom in the kitchen and me chatting away with her while I sat at the kitchen table waiting for her to fry up a batch.

You can gild these as you please – add some fried, crumbled bacon bits, or even some shredded cheese to the basic potato mixture.  I like to form the patties and press some Panko breadcrumbs on to the outside to crisp them up even more.

Leftover Mashed Potato Patties

Recipe by A Coalcracker in the KitchenCourse: Appetizer, Entree, SnacksCuisine: Coal Region, Pa. DutchDifficulty: Easy


  • 2 cups left over cold mashed potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

  • 1 beaten egg

  • 1 tablespoon dried chopped chives OR 2 tablespoons finely sliced scallions

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • Optional, but yummy!
  • 2 or 3 slices fried and crumbled bacon

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons grated cheddar

  • Panko breadcrumbs for coating


  • In a mixing bowl, mix the cold left over potatoes, the AP flour, the egg, the chives or scallions, and the onion powder. Mix well.
  • Add the optional bacon and/or cheese and fold in thoroughly.
  • Form into patties the size of your choice.
  • Press into Panko breadcrumbs, if using.
  • To a skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter and enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan and hest over medium heat. Fry patties in pre-heated pan until browned on one side and set, carefully flip and brown on the other side.
  • Serve hot.