Leftover Mashed Potato Patties

Got leftover mashed potatoes? Don’t despair, rejoice at your good fortune and make tasty mashed potato patties.
mashed potatoes

Make and enjoy them right away or freeze them for another day.

mashed potato patties

I recently made a big batch that I fried, cooled and froze. I laid them out on a cooling rack so they could cool, then I placed the whole rack in the freezer so each patty could freeze separately. After a couple of hours I transferred them to a freezer bag. Now, whether for a family meal or an individual snack (ie. after school snack for teenagers) these patties are ready to heat up in the microwave or in a frying pan.

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5 from 2 votes

Leftover Mashed Potato Patties

Prep : 5 mins
Cook : 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper.
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil


  • In a bowl, mix potatoes, egg, onion, parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
  • Using your hands roll mixture into 6 to 8 balls, then flatten each to 1/2 inch thick patties.
  • Pour flour on large plate. Dredge both sides of each patty in flour to get a light coating.
  • Heat 1/2 Tbsp oil in fry pan over medium heat; add additional oil as needed when frying.
  • Fry patties for 3 to 5 minutes per side until golden.
  • Enjoy immediately, or freeze.


To freeze, cool patties in a single layer on a cooling rack, then place entire cooling rack in freezer for 2 hours. Transfer individually frozen patties into a freezer bag, seal well, label and freeze for up to six months.
Reheat patties in microwave or fry frozen patties over medium heat until heated through.
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Here are some action shots of making mashed potato patties.

It all begins with your favorite mashed potatoes.

leftover mashed potatoes

Shape them into balls.

mashed potato balls

Flatten balls into patties – about the size of your palm.

mashed potato patties

Dredge both sides in flour.

dredge mashed potato patties in flour

Fry to golden perfection.

golden mashed potato patties in fry pan (600x800) - watermarked

Eat or cool and freeze.

cooling mashed potato patties

Reheat in microwave or in fry pan.

Enjoy those leftovers!

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