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Loaded Stuffed Potato Pancakes

When I make mashed potatoes, I always cook extra so I can prepare these over-the-top potato pancakes. Fill them with sour cream, ranch dressing, melted cheese—or all three. —Jane Whittaker, Pensacola, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a shallow bowl, mix bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne.
  • Shape 2 teaspoons cream cheese into a ball. Wrap 1/4 cup of potato mixture around cream cheese to cover completely. Drop into crumb mixture. Gently coat and shape into a 1/2-in.-thick patty. Repeat with remaining cream cheese and potato mixture.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry stuffed pancakes, a few at a time, 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
Nutrition Facts
2 pancakes: 491 calories, 34g fat (12g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 987mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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    Mar 23, 2019

    I love making these! Sometimes I put jalapeños and cheddar, sometimes fill with veggies and cheese, there just great !

  • Toni
    Jan 27, 2018

    I LOVED THESE! If you are having trouble getting them to hold together, add a little more flour, that's what I did. I think the dryness level of your leftover mashed potatoes makes a difference as to how much flour is needed to form these.

  • JMartinelli13
    Apr 16, 2017

    I used a cookie scoop for the cream cheese, then molded the potatoes by hand. I omitted the salt and used it after frying. Loved them!

  • vbag
    Jul 11, 2014

    This is a good idea for leftover mashed potatoes; however, I couldn't get mine to stay in the perfect circular shape.

  • benchelle91
    Jan 11, 2014

    My husband loved these potato pancakes! Can't wait till we have leftover mashed potatoes again.