Easy Potato Pancakes Recipe

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Try this quick and easy potato pancake recipe. It’s a delicious way to use all those leftover potatoes! Our kids love them and the older ones often make this recipe themselves for a quick snack!

Easy Potato Pancakes Recipe

Easy Potato Pancakes Recipe

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
2 Tbsp. flour
1 egg*

Mix first 3 ingredients. Make into patties and fry in margarine until golden brown on each side. Serve warm with butter or margarine. Delicious served with applesauce.

*I never use the egg and just add flour to the mashed potatoes. Some people like to use it so I put it in the recipe.


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  1. Bea says

    I just love potato pancakes. This is the time of year when Church bazaars have people waiting in very long lines to get them. This recipe is wonderful. YUMMY.

  2. susan says

    My grandmother always had potato pancakes when I was growing up and oh were they ever good!


    I just had to share this with you and Tawra. I was a yard sale the other day and this woman had a whole box of dolls and I heard her make the comment “since they are not selling them ,trash them ” then something hit me like a ton of bricks and I am like how sad to throw all those dolls away when some child would enjoy playing with them. so I asked her how much she wanted and she said you can just have the whole box for $1.00 so I took them and now my sister and I are working on cleaning them up,finding some infant clothes that will fit them and giving them to the salvation army to use at christmas time. Our part of the state has a 22% unemoployment rate and I just feel like this is our way of helping out. We plan to go to the dollar store and get the play baby bottles and pasificers for each doll. My sister found a peach color “new born” outfit with shoes at a yard sale for .50 cents and I have already found several things for little or nothing for the dolls. sorry this is so long but I just wanted to share with you all what may be nothing for someone can turn out to be something nice for someone else.

  3. Linda says

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We all have ways to give without money. thank you for thinking of others less fortunate in this selfish world we seem to live in. You will be blessed!

  4. Maggie says

    My mom used to make potato pancakes all the time and whenever I tried to make them, they always fell apart. Now I know why. No binder. I never saw her add the flour but there must have been something else in them. Anyway, I can’t eat potatoes anymore (too much potassium) but this is one vegetable that I really miss. I loved homemade french fries and potato pancakes. Well, have to keep healthy so will abide by the doctor’s orders. Everyone else, enjoy an extra one for me.
    Susan, what a great idea. We do the Salvation Army Christmas Angels here at my office and find this is a blessing every year. I know the kids who get your dolls will be delighted. And you will save the S.A. dollars they can use for something else. God Bless You.

    • says

      Now I feel really guilty Maggie. I fixed potato pancakes last night but only had enough for one and I happen to fry it in a little bacon grease. It was so good but next time I will make enough for two and eat one for you. Oh the sacrifices I must make for our readers. : ) : )

  5. Linda says

    I have an old avon bracelet that was very beautiful untill a few months back. I Think it is stainless steel but I am not sure. I know it is not silver by any means. Does anyone know how to clean this bracelet? I tried silver cleaner and the silver cleaning clothes. This did not work. This bracelet is not worth much financially but has a lot of centimental value.

    • ann allen says

      We have some fancy horse bits that are stainless, and they had gotten real dull. I was given a tool that plumbers use to clean stainless steel. It looks like a strip of metal screening, but it worked and has not scratched the stainless. Maybe that would work? I have also used my Dremel tool with the steel brush attachment, and plain white toothpaste with some success. Good luck!

  6. Ruth says

    Adding onions, salt and a little pepper to potato pancakes sounds so good too. Sometimes, if I don’t have enough leftover mashed potatoes, I peel and shred fresh potatoes into the mashed mixture to stretch it a little. Love your website, Tawra, and use many of your recipes!

  7. Mary says

    I had a friend who does something similar with the left over rice from Chinese Restaurants, there is usually a huge box and the rice is very dry, I know she adds eggs, shredded cheese, onions, but I am not sure if that is all. I’ve lost touch with her but if anyone can think of a way to make them stick together better please let me know.

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