Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tater Cakes! - Mashed Potato Patties

Transform cold, leftover mashed potatoes into a whole new side with these delicious potato croquettes.

Mashed Potato Patties

Better known I guess as Mashed Potato Patties, but Tater Cakes sound so much more interesting, don't ya think?  The basic seasoning for my potato patties are always garlic powder, onion powder, and of course, a little Slap Ya Mama, but honestly you can flavor these up just about anyway you like. You can also use a variety of coatings in combination with the flour - bread crumbs are standard, panko bread crumbs are superb, but crushed potato chips or tortilla chips work well, especially the flavored and spicy kinds of chips, heck you can even use crushed plain corn flakes! Use your imagination.

A great way to use leftover mashed potatoes, but these are especially good when you have leftover Mashed Potato Casserole because they are already seasoned and flavored up for ya and ready to go! I just love the contrast between the super creamy insides of these against the crunchy outside. So good!

Goes great as a side dish with simple roasted chicken or just plain, pan seared meats, but really anywhere you would normally serve potatoes.  In other words, when you make mashed potatoes to go with that nice pot roast on Sunday, make enough that you have intentional leftovers because these are yummy!

Recipe: Mashed Potato Patties

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 12-24 patties, depending on size

  • 1 cup of self rising flour
  • 1 cup of dried or panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, bacon fat or a combination of butter and oil
  • 4 cups of prepared cold mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of of onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Combine the flour, bread crumbs, Cajun seasoning and parsley flakes and set aside 1 cup of the mixture. Heat the fat in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.

Meanwhile, combine the leftover cold mashed potatoes with the reserved cup of flour mixture and the garlic and onion powder. Add other favorite seasonings as desired. Taste, add salt and pepper if needed, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Add the egg and mix well. Scoop out potatoes and roll to form a tight ball. Flatten and shape into a patty. Spread the flour mixture on a plate and dredge the patties in the flour and bread crumb mixture until lightly coated. Carefully place patties into the hot oil and cook until nicely browned on both sides. Serve hot with a light drizzle of melted butter.

Cook's Notes:  Number of patties will depend on the size you use. For small patties I use a cookie scoop, for larger, an ice cream scoop. Patties should hold together and not crumble. If  you find they are falling apart, return to a bowl and add in more flour. You can also form these into 1-inch balls. Roll in bread crumbs and fry.

Variation: Add in a tablespoon or two of sour cream, some sliced green onion, grated cheddar cheese, finely minced ham and/or chopped, cooked bacon.

Irish Boxty: Use 2 cups of mashed potatoes and 2 cups of raw, grated potatoes, wrap in a clean dishtowel and squeeze out any excess water. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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  1. Oh, I bet those are so good. I think my favorite potato recipe is for mashed potatoes. I always make those when my stomach is acting up--they are my most favorite comfort food. I'll try those next time I have leftovers. Thanks for the idea. Sheila

  2. 91 degrees there, we're lucky to break 65 around here!! I love potato cakes, you just gave me an idea for dinner tomorrow! Thanks!!

  3. We were "promised" thunderstorms by the meteorologists, but NOTHIN'...not a drop...

    I love those Tater Cakes. I might put some tuna in there and serve them for lunch!!!

  4. We do this with lefover mashed potatoes but I haven't tried with with Panko crumbs before. I'll have to try that.

  5. Those look so good! My tater cakes never look like that. You use a lot more seasoning than me too. I will have to try adding the cajun seasoning next time.

  6. mmmm...that's worth making the casserole, to have leftovers to make make the Tater Cakes!
    Darn desert... I could water in the morning, it could rain all night and if I stuck my finger in the plant, it would still be dry. :~) But I'm trying.
    Thanks for your comments about the babies!!

  7. Debbie I'm trying too but this whole gardening thing is so confusing to me. I topped my garden off with some of the Lowe's Jungle Growth Water Wise soil which Hubs accidentally picked up instead of the other JG I was using, and it seems to be helping to retain water a little better now. It's been so humid here. I also thought that my pepper plants were drooping from drying up, only to discover that it was probably just stress from all those dang aphids that were on them, so I was OVERwatering the darned things and then they had leaf and buds drop off from being overwatered. Then I burned them by accidentally using Dawn for the soap spray instead of the other lemon generic stuff! Then yesterday I saw a squash borer after my beautiful squash plants!!! It's like as soon as something is nice and healthy and pretty, bam, the bugs attack! I swatted at it and hit it with my flip flop and didn't see it again, but I have a feeling that where there is one, there is more. If all this doesn't make you feel better I don't know what will LOL!

  8. Looks so yummy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & helping to make my SITS day special!

  9. Looks so delish... yummm...

  10. Thanks Mimi and Selba! Appreciate your visit!!

  11. OMG these are soooo good!!!!!!!! Even picky *** hubby loved it. Love your blog & recipes!Im from MS & stuck in NC so I truly enjoy it, especially the cajun recipes!

    1. Thank you Michelle!! That's a true compliment for me when a reader tells me that their picky man likes something they made from here! I really appreciate you taking the time to come back and let me know y'all enjoyed these tater cakes. Thanks so much Michelle!

  12. Super yummy....all four of my kids and husband devoured! Appreciated knowing that Panko crumbs are for extra crispy items...never knew that distinction before this:)

  13. I love these things, I think I'm addicted to carbs. My memaw used to make them for breakfast if she had leftover mashed taters and she would add a little sage to hers. So yummy!
    She would also make bean cakes, which are similar to these, with leftover pinto beans and I loved those too!
    Girl your recipes take me back to my childhood. :)

  14. Tonight was a quick meal because we had our 1st day of school and it's football practice as well, double whammy here! So after making your magnificent fried chicken and mashed potatoes last night(our back to school/end of summer dinner), I have leftover potatoes! So I threw some fish sticks in the oven(like I said, we were moving fast this evening, ugh)and made these with the leftover mashed potatoes and green beans!! These were excellent! Very quick to put together and were darn good! However, I would like to make them with your fried pork chops sometime and a pot of beans too! Thank you so much. We were on the move tonight and I greatly appreciate this recipe, it was perfect!

    1. I'm so glad y'all enjoyed them Mellie! And for the record, I still love fish sticks too. :)


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