Friday, January 4, 2013

We're making Potato Cakes!

Growing up, one of my favorite things my Mom would fix were potato cakes. I knew when she made mashed potatoes with a meal and made A LOT OF THEM, we were having potato cakes the next day. You can make them from scratch mashed potatoes or instant. The key is to let them rest for a day or so in the fridge and let them set up. These things are WONDERFUL.

These potato cakes are different from latke in that these are made from mashed potatoes whereas latke are made with grated potato. I do not put onion in mine, but you can. I would suggest sautéing it first to take the bite out. When making your mashed potatoes do not put butter or cream in them as they will be hard to handle. If you are using leftovers with butter and cream already in them, just add a bit more flour.

Potato Cakes
5 - 6 cups of mashed potatoes
1 cup of plain flour
1 tsp Tony Chachere's Seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 eggs (beaten)
Cooking oil
Extra flour for dusting

Mix all this together in a bowl. The flour should bind it all together. If it feels to loose, just add a bit more flour. Roll these out into balls (about the size of a tennis ball) and dust them with flour. In a cast iron skillet (preferably) heat about a ¼ inch of oil on MED/HI. WHen the oil is hot gently place them into the oil and give them a little pat to flatten them out a bit. Not too thin or they are hard to turn. Let them fry until the underside is brown and flip them carefully. Let them brown on the other side and you're done. Serve with sour cream and minced green onions if you'd like.

I hope you enjoy these tasty potato concoctions, I love them. I work in a dinner theater that serves GREAT mashed potatoes, I get some from Chef at times and take them home to make these. I am trying to do more on my blog here lately. I have a new iPhone with a really nice camera, better than the old one, and I am enjoying posting these recipes for you.




  1. That's one of those things I've never had. My Mom was born in Japan and only learned to cook the things my father asked for.

    Look good!

  2. I absolutely love this recipe! I like eating anything with potatoes and this will be a great addition to my potato recipes. I also like the fact that it was made from mashed potatoes because now I can make use of them when I make too many. Now my potatoes won't go to waste. Thanks!

    Lawrie Brinkerhoff

  3. Hey Friends, in case you copied this recipe earlier or something, please not the amount for the Tony C's, salt and pepper, should be tsp (teaspoons) not tbs (tablespoons) my bad. Sorry it would make them very salty I am afraid. Use 1 tsp each of Tony Chachere's, salt, and pepper. I have edited the post to reflect the amount. Also they sometimes hold up better by letting them sit in a fridge for an houor after rolling them out into balls. Same as you would for pie crust.



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