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Leftover Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato Pancakes

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Leftover Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato Pancakes

Leftover Mashed Potato/Sweet Potato Pancakes

Of all of the surveys that have ever been done on favorite dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables, the potato dish for the meal was most always named first.

We had both for our Thanksgiving dinner, along with at least 48% of the rest of the United States.

There just something about a delectable spoonful of soft, sugary sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, or a huge dollop of hot and steamy mashed potatoes swimming in turkey gravy.

Mashed potatoes are so popular all over the United States that these babies come in a variety of forms and preferences, using several different varieties of potatoes, alongside many different types of gravies, included in 3 out of 5 meals at every dinner table all year round.

Varieties of Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes take on many different forms on dinner plates all over the United States. Just a few of these include with skins, without skins, twice baked potatoes, oven baked potatoes, potato salad, mixed with butter and milk, just butter, just milk, just sour cream, and even mixed with plain yogurt.

Sometimes the potatoes are whipped smooth so that there are no lumps, sometimes they are purposely left a little chunky, and sometimes they are left whole.

But either way they are typically served with some kind of yummy sauce or gravy. If we don’t have gravy, we will even eat them with Ranch dressing, barbeque sauce, or ketchup. Yum!

The Just as Unique Sweet Potato Dishes

Like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes can also be served in a variety of fashions. Whether they are baked, boiled, or grilled, sweet potato casseroles are just as unique as the cooks making them.

Traditionally sweet potatoes are served in a casserole dish with brown sugar, pecans, and marshmallows on top.

Many more people are trying to be healthy and leaving out the brown sugar and marshmallows, in favor of chopped nuts, orange juice, and orange peel instead. I cook them frequently for our regular dinners by boiling them, smashing them, and with just a tad bit of butter. Yummy!

Whether they are whipped, smashed, cut up into squares, sliced into rings, or left whole, they are always delicious.

Regardless of what dish you had for your big holiday dinner, you can only eat so much for so long after the dinner is over. Why not make use of this amazing vegetable dish in other creative ways?

Potato muffins, shepherd’s pie, veggie potato lasagna, potato bread, potato cheddar soup, and even gnocchi are all amazing ways to take advantage of your leftover potatoes!

Jump in, be creative and I think you’ll be amazed at the results you’ll get. Enjoy this recipe!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

Makes approximately 4-6 pancakes


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, (can also substitute sweet potatoes)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon real butter
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, (optional)


  1. To a large bowl, add at least 2 cups of mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. Yum.
  2. Toss about 3/4 cup of shredded cheese into the bowl with them. Mix them thoroughly together.
  3. The cheese addition doesn’t matter if these are regular mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. They are delicious either way.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat both eggs and then pour them into your pancake mixture. Mix in well.
  5. Add in your 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of garlic powder.
  6. Finally, finely chop and fold in your fresh chives (or chopped pecans). This just adds a dimension to your pancakes that will blow your mind.
  7. Portion out a pancakes’ worth of mixture into your saucepan and cook for about 2-3 minutes or each side until each is golden brown and slightly caramelized.
  8. Continue this process with all of your pancakes. Slather in butter to serve.
The Sign of a Good Meal

The Sign of a Good Meal

For an even healthier option, like this isn't wonderful enough, try out a Delectable Butternut Squash Casserole to replace your sweet potato casserole, not only for your pancakes, but also for your Christmas dinner. Not only is the taste of the butternut squash extremely similar to sweet potatoes, but it has less than half the fat and calories.

You can even top your butternut squash with pecans and coconut sugar crumble, just like with sweet potatoes. Your pancakes will not change a bit, but you can ensure a healthier breakfast, dinner, or whatever meal you choose to serve pancakes, for your whole family.

Notice that I suggested mixing in chives for mashed potato pancakes and pecans for sweet potato pancakes. Either way, butter or traditional maple syrup is amazing on both. If you missed my traditional Creamy Mashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Casserole, you'll definitely want them for this wonderful recipe. I suggest taking a look at all of my other articles for more fantastic holiday leftover recipes and much, much more. Enjoy!

© 2013 Victoria Van Ness


Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on May 15, 2014:

:) Thank you for the great comment! Every time I make a recipe, even my own, I make them a little different. Maybe a little more cinnamon this time, a little more brown sugar next time... I do it all the time with more ingredients than I want to admit, but I want to make it my own.

I really hope you enjoy these, your way!

Foodeee from Pennsylvania on May 15, 2014:

I have "tried" to make potato pancakes in the past but they never turn out. This sounds like a very cool way to make them. I will def. try it.

On your poll the second option is "i will change a few things." I hate when people say they love your recipe but then change 90% of the ingredients.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on March 13, 2014:

Absolutely! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :) Thank you for your comments!

Susan from India on March 12, 2014:

Wow... Loved your this recipe. Will try it out. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on January 29, 2014:

Not a problem! Using leftover mashed potatoes, or the instant version, when we run out of Bisquick is a common practice in our household. :)

Thank you for the comment!

Sammy from Indiana on January 29, 2014:

Love this...never have thought of this.

thank you so much for the recipe

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on December 15, 2013:

LOL That's hilarious! We eat sweet potatoes in our house all year long because they are so yummy. I completely understand!

I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the wonderful comment. :) You'll have to let me know how they turn out for you!

Fiona from South Africa on December 15, 2013:

Just one problem - we never have leftover sweet potatoes so I'll be making them specially for this recipe :)

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on December 12, 2013:

Thanks! The sweet potato pancakes were the riskier ones! lol Mashed potatoes have a very light flavor. You'll be surprised to know that when we run out of Bisquick and still want pancakes or waffles for breakfast, we use instant mashed potatoes. :)

You won't even know that you're using mashed potatoes, unless of course you've seasoned them heavily. Give it a try and let me know how it goes! It can't hurt can it? :) Good luck!

Kevin W from Texas on December 11, 2013:

Very interesting hub VVanness, I'm in total agreement with the sweet potato pancakes, sound delicious, but I'm not so sure about the mashed potato pancakes, I'm kind of reluctant to try that. Thumbs up on your hub.

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