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Have you ever tried fully loaded mashed potato pancakes? Your first time won’t be your last! Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

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My son adore mashed potatoes. They make such a great side dish for so many (Midwestern?) meals, so we may them often.

In fact, my son now makes my mashed potato recipe all by himself – sometimes without telling me he plans to! Needless to say, we end up with leftovers sometimes.

Leftover mashed potatoes are never as good as the fresh from the pot potatoes. At least they weren’t until I started turning them into these fully loaded mashed potato pancakes.

Cut into potato pancakes

How good are they? My mashed potato not loving daughter devours them and asks for more. 

Picture your favorite fully loaded baked potato, and put that into a baked potato. It has the delicious crispy bacon, the tangy cheddar cheese, and so much more.

Best of all, these take just a few minutes to make, and you don’t end up with leftovers no one wants. What are you waiting for?

Fully loaded potato pancakes

How to Make Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Fry up your bacon, and save the grease. I don’t care what you’re making, it tastes better fried in just a little bacon grease. That goes for pancakes, eggs, these mashed potato pancakes, and so much more.

Yes, bacon grease is a saturated fat, but it’s better for you than Crisco and the like. If you’re worried, go for a mix of bacon grease and olive oil, but the flavor from the bacon grease – yum. It’s all about moderation!

Once your bacon cools, crumble it or chop into matchsticks. In a bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, egg, bacon, cheese, flour, green onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.

The mixture should be like a thick banana bread batter – spoonable but not liquid. If it’s too thick, add an extra egg or a bit of milk or even sour cream to thin it.

Heat a fry pan or griddle to medium, and lightly grease with your leftover bacon grease.  Scoop a quarter cup or so onto your hot surface and spread it gently.

Let it fry on one side for two or so minutes until browned, then flip and cook the other side. Repeat as needed for the remaining batter. You may need to add a little bacon grease after every other pancake.

Serve immediately with chopped green onion or sour cream – or both.

Scale this recipe up or down based on how much mashed potato you have remaining. While mashed potatoes don’t make good leftovers, these store well for two or so days in the fridge in a tightly sealed container and can be quickly reheated and enjoyed.

Have you ever tried loaded mashed potato pancakes?

Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Yield: 10 pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Have leftover mashed potatoes? This the the perfect way to enjoy them - they taste even better than the original version and are so quick and easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, cooked
  • 2 c mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 stalk green onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 t pepper

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon, and save the grease. While bacon cooks, mince garlic.
  2. Once bacon cools, crumble or chop into matchsticks. In a bowl, mix together mashed potatoes, egg, bacon, cheese, flour, green onion, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Heat fry pan or griddle to medium, and lightly grease with leftover bacon grease. Scoop a quarter cup onto hot surface and spread gently.
  4. Fry for two minutes until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side. Repeat as needed for the remaining batter. You may need to add a little bacon grease after every other pancake.
  5. Serve immediately with additional chopped green onion or sour cream - or both.

Notes

  • The mixture should be like a thick banana bread batter - spoonable but not liquid. If it's too thick, add an extra egg or a bit of milk or even sour cream to thin it.
  • Scale this recipe up or down based on how much mashed potato you have remaining. While mashed potatoes don't make good leftovers, these store well for two or so days in the fridge in a tightly sealed container and can be quickly reheated and enjoyed.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 pancake
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 124 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 260mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 5g
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