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Breakfast Mashed Potato Cakes

Breakfast Mashed Potato Cakes

  • Author: Emily Wilson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Breakfast


My deliciously healthy mashed potato recipe makes the perfect leftovers for these breakfast potato cakes.


  • 1+4 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons whole or 2% milk
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/21 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 12 splashes of white, rice or white wine vinegar.
  • Hot Sauce, optional


  1. Fill a large saucepan with about 3 inches of water. Cover with a lid and set over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Crack one egg into a large mixing bowl and whisk together with the milk. Fold in the leftover mashed potatoes, flour, Parmesan cheese and a little salt and pepper. Batter should be damp, but not liquidy.
  3. Pour oil into a medium or large saute pan so it’s just barely 1/4 inch deep. Set over medium-high heat and warm.
  4. Once the oil is warm, carefully add the batter. I use a scantily filled 1/4 cup measure so each portion is about 3 tablespoons. Press the batter into round shapes so it’s flat and just slightly thicker than the oil is deep. Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, then carefully flip. If the batter is browning too dark too quickly, lower the heat. These brown quickly, but you want to give them time to cook all the way through. Transfer cakes to a plate lined with paper towel and season with salt while warm.
  5. Once the water is boiling, lower heat to a simmer.  Add a few splashes of vinegar. Crack eggs into the water one by one, then gently jostle with a spatula or spoon to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the white feels firm all over but the yolk still feels soft.
  6. Lift the eggs out of the water with a slotted spatula and pat dry with paper towel. Set on top of one or two potato pancakes and serve warm, with hot sauce if you’ve got it!