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Potato Patties

Potato Patties

Mashed Potato Patties Recipe

This is a super simple, quick and tasty recipe which is perfect for using up any leftover mashed potato you may have. This recipe for mashed potato patties includes cheese and onion which makes these simple potato patties such a hit every time.

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How to Use Up leftover mashed potatoes

We tend to eat mashed potato together with quite a few of the meals we eat at home as a family, whether it is bangers and mash, fish pie, cottage pie, baked ham and mash, to name but a few. 

potato patties in skillet

Potato Patties


Quite often I will make some extra mashed potato as it is better to have too much than to have too little, especially if you are making it to top a pie with it 😃. Also, it can be difficult to judge the quantity you need for some meals.

fried potato patty

Crispy outside, soft inside


But really it is not a problem as there are plenty of things you can do with leftover mashed potatoes. This recipe is one of them. Just store your leftover potatoes in the fridge in a covered container until you want to use it.

But you can also try making some bubble and squeak cakes or some tuna fish cakes. All of these recipes are easy to make and ready in no time.

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I particularly like this recipe for cheesy potato patties as cheese and onion really do taste well together, especially with the taste of the fried potato.

What to serve with potato patties?

These potato cakes are especially good served with some cold ham, or as an alternative for hashed browns at breakfast with some sausages, bacon, baked beans and fried eggs. Delicious!

fried potato cakes


But really it is up to you. We actually enjoy them on their own with some ketchup or mayonnaise as a quick and easy warm snack. 


potato patty snack

Adding some bacon is also a nice variation if you have any you need to use up:

potato pattie with bacon

Patty with some bacon added


We hope you enjoy making these potato cakes and look forward to hearing how you get on!

How to make Potato Patties

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Potato Patties

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These potato patties are super way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes, and can be a tasty accompaniment to many dishes.


  • 200g mashed potato (or whatever you have leftover)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 55g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and Black Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Bacon


  1. Put the potato, breadcrumbs, onion, cheese, salt, pepper and egg into a bowl. Mix by hand until you have a perfectly even mixture.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Squash the mixture with your hands on a cutting board until it is about 15-20mm thick. Then cut out some circular disks (I use a cookie cutter to do this) and transfer them with a flat spatular to the pan.
  4. Cook the patties for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.


The quantities above made seven patties. Just adjust the quantities to fit the amount of leftover mash that you have.

For a bit of variation you may wish to add some bacon to the patty mix. Just pre-fry the bacon in small pieces beforehand until crispy before adding to the mixture.

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