Leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving don't have to be a bland affair. In fact, they offer the perfect opportunity to create something incredibly tasty: crispy potato pancakes. This easy recipe transforms your leftover mashed potatoes into a delightful dish that can be enjoyed in various ways, from a savory brunch to a simple yet satisfying snack.

The Magic of Potato Pancakes with Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Turn your surplus of mashed potatoes into a culinary treat. By adding a few simple ingredients like egg, cheese, and chives, you'll quickly whip up a mix that forms into delightful patties. And if your original mashed potatoes were already seasoned to perfection, there's no need to add extra salt and pepper.

Creating the Perfect Crispiness

To achieve that irresistible crispy exterior, dredge your potato patties in flour before frying them in a hot skillet coated with oil. The result? Golden-brown, crispy pancakes with a soft and fluffy interior.

Serving Suggestions

These potato pancakes are versatile. Serve them for lunch with a dollop of sour cream and a fresh green salad, or enjoy them as a midday snack. You can even top them with a fried egg for a hearty brunch option.


2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup milk

1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon minced onion

1 tablespoon minced green pepper

Bacon drippings or cooking oil

Salt and pepper to taste (optional)


In a bowl, combine mashed potatoes, flour, milk, egg, onions, and green peppers. Season with salt and pepper if needed.

Form the mixture into 3-inch round patties.

Heat bacon drippings or cooking oil in a skillet.

Fry the patties until browned on both sides.

Drain the pancakes on paper towels and serve hot.

Enjoy your newly created potato pancakes and give your Thanksgiving leftovers a delicious makeover!

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