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Mashed Potato Cakes

My mother often made this recipe and probably grew up with it in the Appalachian area of Tennessee. She usually served it on Monday, making use of leftover mashed potatoes from Sunday dinner. We used to eat this topped with brown gravy.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash hot pepper sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, lightly beat one egg. Add the onion, potatoes, flour, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce if desired.
  • Shape into four to six patties; place on a greased baking sheet. Lightly beat remaining egg; stir in water. Brush over potato cakes. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 potato cakes: 412 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 247mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.
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  • suefalk
    Jun 23, 2020

    I make potato cakes often, and never thought to bake in the oven. Great idea! Delicious, and turned out great. I did flip them after 10 minutes of baking to brown both sides evenly.

  • Victoria
    Feb 28, 2020

    These turned out great! We gobbled them up with sour cream. I only had red onion so I used a few dashes of onion powder instead. I also didn't use the hot pepper sauce (boyfriend can't eat heat)

  • s_pants
    Jan 1, 2020

    Made it with the hot pepper sauce and I think it added just enough spice. Very nice way to use up left over mashed potatoes. I cooked them 15 minutes on one side and then flipped and cooked another 15.

  • Elena
    Nov 24, 2018

    What about leave out the onion of the mashed potato cakes?

  • Bill
    Sep 28, 2018

    I usually fry my potato cakes but this oven method works great and frees up my stove top so I can be cooking other dishes at the same time. I flip them after 15 min then bake another 12 to 14 min to brown on both sides.

  • daisy4062
    Dec 29, 2013

    I make these every Monday or Tues evening after a big Sunday supper with left over mashed potatoes

  • annsway1
    Mar 29, 2013

    I have eaten these my whole life,san the hot sauce,they are so very good. Like someones said, brown and flip over to brown the other side. Happy eating!

  • maritab
    Feb 28, 2013

    No comment left

  • bjsilve0
    Dec 3, 2012

    I did not use the hot pepper sauce. Maybe that makes the difference but we thought they were blah. If you want them brown, they need to be turned.

  • bevbennett
    Apr 5, 2012

    first potato cake that tastes like home, I have been looking for this recipe a long time, I make these with eggs, bacon my husband loves them!!!!!!