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Recipe: Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

An essential part of the culinary heritage of Pakistan is the celebration of food with family and friends embedded in the concept of ‘dawat’ (feast). And anyone who hosts a ‘dawat’ (feast) knows that there’s always leftovers to deal with. As delicious as Pakistani Dawats (feast) are, you can only have so much roasted meat and stuffing for a meal. Instead of having the same food for the next day, transform the dishes into new ones!

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Last week, we hosted a ‘Family Dinner’ and made the ‘Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes. We usually use leftover roasted meat for a sandwich or rolls with the apricot or mint chutney (sauce), gravy and stuffing, but what about the mashed potatoes? Add some flour, egg and cheese and turn them into mashed potato pancakes! Great for breakfast, lunch, or as a side dish or light dinner . A Perfect way to enjoy leftover potatoes and the flavor combinations are endless!

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe
A Perfect way to enjoy leftover potatoes and the flavor combinations are endless!

I love making these Potato Pancakes whenever I have leftover mashed potatoes so I don’t feel like I’m eating the same thing the next day. Serving size will change depending on how much mashed potatoes you have leftover. This works best with cold mashed potatoes.

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe
Photo: Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

These are as easy to make as normal pancakes – just mix together the mashed potatoes, flour, eggs, cheese, green onions and seasoning. Then cook the batter in a large pan until golden brown.

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

With their crispy exterior and creamy, cheesy center, there’s not much to dislike here. I recommend topping these with a sour cream or garlic mayo. 

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

You can really get creative with the seasonings and add ins in this easy recipe!  Pretty much anything in your fridge is game… add some spices & herbs, a little bit of meat/protein and whatever veggies you have on hand!

Remember to revel in your own amazingness for reducing food waste, saving time and making the best breakfast ever 🙂

Check it out the Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes recipe and printable version here!!

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes Recipe
Serves 4
Use your leftover mashed potatoes to make mashed potato pancakes! Soft and fluffy with a crispy outside.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
678 calories
96 g
138 g
26 g
18 g
11 g
245 g
280 g
6 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 678
Calories from Fat 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 138mg
Sodium 280mg
Total Carbohydrates 96g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 6g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 2 cups leftover mashed Potatoes
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 green onion, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, optional
  5. 1/4 cup plain flour
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon herb seasoning
  8. salt to taste
  9. 2 tablespoon cooking oil
For Garnishing
  1. green onion, thinly sliced
  2. sour cream or garlic mayo
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine together the mashed potatoes, eggs, cheese, flour and green onions.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and herb seasoning.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium high heat with a drizzle of oil.
  5. Drop 1/4 cup of the batter onto the hot pan in 6 mounds and cook until golden brown on the first side, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Then flip and cook until cooked through, another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove from the pan and keep warm.
  8. Heat the remaining oil and cook the rest of the pancakes.
  9. Garnish pancakes with chopped green onion.
  10. Serve with sour cream or garlic mayo if desired.
Serving Suggestions
  1. They can be topped with sour cream, roasted chicken bits, sautéed veggies, ketchup, sausage and eggs, basically anything you might have handy!
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What are your holiday traditions guys? I would love to hear some from you all. Are there recipes passed down to you from your grand mom? Or the one from many generations? Share them all in comments below.

Happy Cooking!!

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