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8 servings


0 hours 15 mins


0 hours 8-10 mins


0 hours 25 mins
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2 Cups leftover make-ahead mashed potatoes

1 Egg, beaten

¼ Cup cheddar cheese

2 Tbsp. Chives, chopped

Salt & Freshly ground black pepper

½ Cup panko breadcrumbs

1 Heaping Tbsp. Fat free Greek yogurt

2 Green onions, chopped (optional)

Fat Free Greek Yogurt for serving


1. Mix the potatoes, 1 beaten egg, cheese, yogurt and 2 tablespoons of chives in a mixing bowl.

2. Using a third cup measuring cup, scoop out the mixture and form into small round cakes..
3. Put the panko on a plate. Gently press the cakes into the panko covering the cakes on all sides. Put on a plate, small cutting board or tray and put in the freezer for ½ hour to get cold and firm up.

4. Spray a large cast iron skillet with cooking spray and add a tablespoon of olive oil. When hot, add several cakes and cook on one side until golden brown. About 3-4 minutes. Flip the cakes and cook on the other side until brown. Another 3-4 minutes.

5. Serve with the yogurt and sprinkle with the green onion. Enjoy.

NOTE: I first started making potato cakes after I was left with a big bowl of my decadent make-ahead mashed potatoes one Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes seemed to rule that year and I was left wondering if I could salvage these mashed potatoes. Left’s face it, there is nothing appealing about left over spuds.

Over the years, I’ve made many versions and have used different cheeses, onions, scallions and chives and I’ve coated them with Italian breadcrumbs and crushed crackers too. I like this version best. A couple of tips to get you light and fluffy cakes with a crisp, crunchy coating follow.

  • The texture should be smooth and soft when you mold them into cakes (will seem almost too soft). This means they’ll be light and fluffy when they are cooked. But this means, you must handle with care.
  • After you form the cakes, carefully coat with the panko and gently press the crumbs to the potatoes. Press the panko into the potatoes to make a tight cake.
  • Chilling these potatoes are key. I actually prefer them to be ice cold or slightly frozen before using. It helps keeping the cakes together and prevents them from falling apart.
  • Carefully turn the cakes over in the skillet…a full fledge “flip” can break the cakes.
  • You can serve these with sour cream, fat free Greek yogurt, full fat Greek yogurt and/or salsa. If you or the kids need it, ketchup is always an option.

These make a wonderful side dish or even an appetizer if you make them a little smaller. They freeze beautifully so make them, freeze them on a tray and put them in zip lock storage bags until ready to use. I’ve used my Decadent Make ahead Mashed potatoes to make these even when I haven’t had left overs! I just make the potatoes ahead of time, chill over night and follow the directions in this recipe. This is a really, really tasty recipe and a great way to use the leftovers.

Looking for other ideas for leftovers?  Check out my Leftover Holiday Food Recipes Magic post for ways to use leftover cranberry sauce and vegetables.  So many great recipes including my cranberry glazed Holiday Meatballs.  Enjoy!