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Saturday, January 8, 2022

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes, My Grandmother's Potato Cakes.

If your Grandmother made Fried Mashed Potatoes, this recipe is for you! They are so simple, very frugal, and they offer me a delicious reason to talk about my Grandmother! A kind and loving woman I strive to emulate, she was the best!


As a child, when we lived in Eureka California, often we would have Sunday dinner at Grandmother's little house. She would make a fine meal including a roast beef or a couple of roasted chickens. And lots of gravy to go along with the large bowl of mashed potatoes, she would serve. Once the meal was over and the clean-up began if we I was lucky there would be a small bowl of leftover mashed potatoes wrapped and put into the fridge.  

If it was summertime, I would try to get myself "invited" to spend the night at Grandmother's house. Because I knew that there would be Fried Mashed Potatoes for breakfast the next day! And to be honest, I loved being in the kitchen with her. All the drawers had lots of different cooking tools tucked inside. And like most kids, I would usually have to open each and every drawer to have a look! 

The food served at Grandmother's house was never fancy, but always delicious and (of course) seasoned with lots of love...she took what she had, and made it better. She was not afraid to try different flavor combinations or new ways of using the same ingredients. And even if it did not turn out perfectly, while it might not be made again, there was never any waste. When you start with good ingredients, you end up with good for you food...


That little bowl of leftover mashed potatoes pretty much summed up her cooking style. She used it up (deliciously!) made do with what she had (frugally) or in really tough times, did without (budget keeping!) but she never went hungry and always had plenty to set another plate at the table if you happened to stop by. 

She called them Potato CakesI learned so many things from her, but we will start with these Fried Mashed Potatoes, because really they are just like her, unforgettable. 

Some thoughts on this recipe:

If you overcook them, they can become dry in the middle. So fry them long enough to cook the middle, but not to dry them out.

Offer catsup at the table, fried potatoes and catsup really are best friends.

I like to put one of these Potato Cakes under my over-easy egg, delicious! 

Serve with eggs and, toast, and jam for a delicious breakfast. 

Or as a side dish for dinner. And yes, if you have any leftover gravy from last night's dinner, offer it!


Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • leftover mashed potatoes
  • egg
  • bacon fat, butter, or oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
You will also need the following:
  • potato masher
  • medium-sized mixing bowl
  • turning spatula
  • cast iron skillet
Now we are ready to begin!

My Grandmother's Potato Cakes.

Fried Mashed Potatoes! My Grandmother's Potato Cakes. 
In memory of my Grandmother Carter
Updated: 01.10.2022

leftover mashed potatoes - about 1 1/2 cups
1 egg
salt and pepper
bacon fat, butter, or cooking oil


Place the leftover mashed potatoes in a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the egg and mix well. The easiest way to do this is with a potato masher, just "mash" the raw egg into the mashed potatoes until smooth and well mixed. 

Heat 1 T or so of cooking fat in your favorite skillet or pancake griddle. 



Drop the potato mixture into the frying pan, gently flatten, and season generously with salt and pepper.

Cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, gently turn, and continue cooking until firm to the touch, you want the cakes to cook all the way through and become crispy and golden brown on the outside. 

Storage options for Fried Mashed Potatoes. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days, reheat gently in the microwave for best results. Do not freeze. 


UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of Fried Mashed Potatoes has been included below. 


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Printable "copy and paste" version:

Fried Mashed Potatoes! My Grandmother's Potato Cakes. 
In memory of my Grandmother Carter

leftover mashed potatoes - about 1 1/2 cups
1 egg
salt and pepper
bacon fat, butter, or cooking oil


Place the leftover mashed potatoes in a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the egg and mix well. The easiest way to do this is with a potato masher, just "mash" the raw egg into the mashed potatoes until smooth and well mixed. 

Heat 1 T or so of cooking fat in your favorite skillet or pancake griddle. 

Drop the potato mixture into the frying pan, gently flatten, and season generously with salt and pepper.

Cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, gently turn and continue cooking until firm to the touch, you want the cakes to cook all the way through and become crispy and golden brown on the outside. 

Storage options for Fried Mashed Potatoes. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days, reheat gently in the microwave for best results. Do not freeze. 

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  1. These look so yummy! I bet my boys would love them too. Pinned.

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  2. So simple and so delicious looking, I'll try these in the week, we have potatoes in the house at the moment :-)

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  3. I had these before, tasty!! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 10, open March 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

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  4. My mom used to make these. The pictures brought back memories. It's a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

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  5. Haven’t made these for years, must make some soon

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    1. I love old family "recipes" they always bring a smile. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. My mom used to make those too! I loved them then and I love them now! Thank you so much for sharing your artful food with us every week. Hope you have a safe and healthy week ahead.

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  7. We grew up making these! They are seriously the best, especially the crispy, buttery edges of the potato pancakes! Mmm, now I'm hungry!

    Thank you for sharing these with us on the Homestead Blog Hop!

    -Cherelle

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  8. Oh my gosh! My mother used to make these and I loved them. Thank you so much for reminding me, it's a reason to make mashed potatoes. I have some frozen mashed potatoes in the freezer from Trader Joe's, a little doctoring and they would be perfect prepared this way. I think my mother sometimes added a little grated Parmesan as well. Thank you for posting.

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  9. New follower!!! That onion dish sounds great. I love vegetables over dessert@

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  10. PS that's how I make potato cakes too based on my mother's way.

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    1. I love that almost everyone has a memory of these being made in their childhood home!

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  11. Those sound amazing! I would like the addition of the bacon fat I think! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  12. Thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 1. Shared onto social media x3!

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    1. Dee you are welcome, and thanks for hosting such wonderful link parties to share with!

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  13. My dad used to make potato pancakes like this on Mondays, using the leftover mash from Sunday dinner and whatever vegetable we has leftover, too. Sometimes peas, carrots, mashed rutabaga, and he would flour before frying. Either way, your grandmother's or my dad's, they are delish and such comfort food.

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    1. I love the idea of the additional vegetables! I think one of the best parts of sharing this recipe is hearing how we all have a memory of potatoes served in this manner. Thanks so for sharing your own special memory, I appreciate it!

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  14. My mom always did this too. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. Beth, I believe the best "seasoning" to use with food is creating those memories, that continue to feed us. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Brings back memories of my mom making these, I loved them! Thanks for sharing your grandmother's recipe. I'll be making them soon.

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    1. Vicki, thanks for your visit, there is nothing like a food memory to spark creativity in the kitchen. Have a great week ahead.

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  16. I might need to make too much mash so that we can try these.

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  17. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 66. Pinned!

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  18. My grandfather used to make pancakes similar to these. And mom always fried left over mashed potatoes! This are perfect - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. I appreciate your posts - have a fabulous week,

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  19. I love fried mashed potatoes. My mom used to make the with leftovers often! Thanks for sharing at the Share the Wealth Party! I appreciate it - Have a great week.

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  20. I will have to try this. Thanks for showing me how to do it. #alittlebitofeverything

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    1. It is a tasty way to use up those mashed potatoes! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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  21. I love these..I always hope there will be leftover mashed potatoes!

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    1. So far it has been a smashing success sharing this story of my grandmother! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it! Have a great week ahead, take care.

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  22. I grew up with these. We'd make them every time we had left over mashed potatoes from the night before.
    Thanks for sharing with us on the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see more this Wednesday :-)

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  23. So yummy looking!! My mom made these when I was growing up. My husband doesn't like mashed potaotes, but THESE he would love. Thanks for this, as now I want to make some right away! Thanks for sharing with us at TFT.

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  24. My Mom use to make these when I was little. I don't know what the recipe was but yours looks yummy. I need to make these. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2022/01/thursday-favorite-things-party_0254967407.html
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  25. I remember having potato cakes growing up too. Great memories. Thanks for sharing. I'm sure your grandmother inspired your love of cooking too. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Hello Donna, I loved time with my grandmother, and yes, she comes into the kitchen everyday with me through those memories! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  26. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at the Unlimited Link Party 67!

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    1. Dee thank you so much, I love when my family recipes are featured, it makes my heart smile and helps me remember my Grandmother, a very important person in my life.

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