How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes, just like my grandma's!

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Whenever I think about my grandmother I always remember two things. How much I loved her and her frugal ways. So many of her ways are incorporated into my own life. You see food was never wasted, never. After greeting us with a smile, she would bring up breakfast. Often when we got to spend the night with her, she would make us her fried mashed potatoes, to go along with eggs for breakfast.

Fried Mashed Potatoes, just like Grandma use to make.
Fried Mashed Potatoes.
She called them "cakes" but the ingredient list was simple, leftover mashed potatoes and an egg. 

The secret is in the cooking time, remember these are cold mashed potatoes. It takes a while to brown up the potato cakes, so you must be patient.....we just happen to have some leftover potatoes from our pot roast dinner, so let's make some potato "cakes" for breakfast.

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes.

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes, just like grandmas!
Like so many delicious old-fashioned foods,  these are not pretty, only tasty!

Fried Mashed Potatoes! My grandma's potato cakes. 
by the seat of my pants!, in memory of my Grandmother
updated 02/2020

leftover mashed potatoes - about 1 1/2 cups
1 egg
salt and pepper

Old Fashioned Fried Mashed Potatoes.

Place the potatoes in a bowl, add the egg and mix well. The easiest way to do this is with a potato masher.

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes, just like Grandma's!

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

How to make Fried Mashed Potatoes, just like Grandma use to make.

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.

Fried Mashed Potatoes, just like Grandma use to make.

Serve with eggs and toast with homemade jam for a delicious breakfast. Or as a wonderful side-dish for dinner. And yes, if you have any leftover gravy from last night's dinner, offer it!


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  1. Yum, yum, yum!! I often do this with leftover risotto - just mix with a fried egg, shape into cakes and fry off - delicious. I also often mix leftover mashed potato with an egg and smoked salmon for delicious fish cakes. But I could definitely scoff a big plate of these simple potato cakes for a Sunday brunch - a bit of bacon and a poached egg on top and I would be in heaven.
    Sue xo

  2. This sounds so good! Love simple old-fashioned recipes like this, they never go out of "fashion"! :o) Food like this makes us appreciate "those good old days" even more!
    Have a great week, Melynda!

  3. Ha! I knew I liked your grandma. I have done this for years.

    1. We all should be so loved as to be cooked for, like this! Thanks for dropping by.

  4. Yum! My mother used to make these with onion in them. So good!

  5. Oh, I would hate to waste potatoes! I'm going to remember this next time I have leftovers! Thank you for linking with See Ya In the Gumbo.

  6. My dad used to always make these for us and I still absolutely love them! I actually love them so much better than the first go around with the potatoes! Thanks for the reminder - I'm going to make these soon :)


  7. My mom used to make those when there were leftover mashed potatoes, and I had forgotten all about them. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. I've commented on a lot of blogs, and I've noticed that almost everyone is trying to prevent food waste (and me too!). I LOVE this! Your recipe looks great, wonderful use to leftovers. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul!!

  9. My mom used to make these also. The way she did it was to shape the leftover mashed potatoes into a patty, dredge in an egg wash and then dip into flour that had salt and pepper mixed into it, then fry them. They were delicious, and I make them for my family now also, so good!

  10. My mom used to make these also. She would shape a patty, dip it in an egg scrambled in a bowl, then dredge it in a flour/salt/pepper mix, and fry it. Yummy!

  11. My mom used to make fried mashed potatoes also, however, she did them a little differently. She would shape the patty, dip it into an egg scrambled in a bowl, dredge in flour mixed with salt and pepper, then fry it. I do with this my family now, and everyone loves them!

  12. Thank you for this! My uncle Albert used to make these & I never could recreate them, but I guess I missed the egg & the patience!

    1. Hello and you are welcome! I love that we all have family that helps us make our food memories, because it is never, just the food. Thank you for visiting.

  13. It just so happens I have leftover mashed taters in the freezer ... lucky me! :-)

    1. Fried mashed potatoes are happy food, I think you will like'em!


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