Crispy Potato Patties Recipe

Crispy potato patties

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  • Total: 23 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
233 Calories
14g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 385mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 6g
Calcium 126mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Leftover mashed potatoes aren't very good if you just reheat them and serve them as is. You have to add something to them to make them flavorful. Potato patties are a great way to use up this ingredient to make another recipe that is crisp, hot, and delicious. This easy recipe is loved by everyone.

Use leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving dinner to make these delicious, crisp potato patties. Crispy Potato Patties are a classic side dish, perfect to serve with everything from meatloaf to roasted chicken. Or you can serve them as an appetizer.

You can also make potatoes especially for this recipe. Try using dried potato flakes; they are a quality product and make really good mashed potatoes. Follow the package directions carefully. And remember to cool the potatoes thoroughly before you start this recipe.

You could use other types of cheese in this recipe: grated Cheddar, Swiss, Muenster, or Havarti would be good. Or try seasoning them with dried herbs, from thyme to marjoram to basil. For more nutrition, you could sneak in some mashed cauliflower or some finely shredded carrots. 

You can keep these patties warm in a 250 F oven for about 20 to 30 minutes before serving if you like. They will stay crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

Serve these little patties with meatloaf, roast chicken, or grilled steak. I like to serve them with ketchup or with a sauce made by combining mustard and mayonnaise or sour cream. Everyone loves them, including small children.


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (cooled)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 onion (minced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for crispy potato patties
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  2. Mix together the mashed potatoes, beaten egg, and onion in a medium bowl.

    Mix together potatoes
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  3. Add the flour, cheese, salt, and pepper, and stir well with a wooden spoon.

    Add flour and cheese
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  4. In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and butter together until the butter melts and the mixture starts to sizzle.

    Melt butter
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  5. Drop about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture into the frying pan, patting it into 3-inch circles that are about 1/2-inch thick. Cook the potato patties until the bottom is browned and crisp, which will take about 3 to 4 minutes.

    Drop potato mixture into frying pan
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  6. Carefully turn each patty over with a spatula and cook the second side until it is brown and crisp, about 3 to 4 minutes longer.

    Carefully turn each patty over
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  7. Remove the patties from the pan and drain briefly on paper towels

    Remove patties
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  8. Serve the patties immediately with ketchup or salsa or any other sauce you'd like.

    Crispy potato patties
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  9. Enjoy!