Onion Cheddar and Bacon Potato Cakes

Posted on Apr 15 2013 - 11:41am by Barry C. Parsons
Bacon Cheddar and Onion Potato Cakes
Onion Cheddar and Bacon Potato Cakes

These incredible potato cakes are maybe the best use of leftover mashed potatoes yet.

It’s Monday and time to head back to a busy work and school week. Meal planning is a big part of making our family’s scheduling work while still enjoying a great dinner together each evening. One tip to achieve this is to use your leftovers as effectively as possible. Some mashed potatoes that remained from our meatloaf dinner the other night get the leftover rescue treatment in today’s recipe. My 13 year old, Noah, is the resident potato aficionado and this is one of his favorites…and what’s not to like? 

The mashed potatoes get blended with some red onion, garlic and green onions as well as some crisp-cooked bacon and diced cheddar which melts to gooey pockets right inside the potato cake. They are then fried to a golden crispy exterior while retaining a creamy, delicious inside. An alternative to frying is to roll them in panko crumbs, and place on a lightly oiled parchment lined baking sheet in a 400 degree F for about 20-25 minutes turning at least once during the baking time.

If you have leftover mashed potatoes on the weekend after Friday night dinner, these would also be a fantastic addition to a weekend brunch, especially with steak and eggs.

Bacon Cheddar and Onion Potato Cakes
Onion Cheddar and Bacon Potato Cakes

 

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Bacon Cheddar and Onion Potato Cakes
 
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These incredible potato cakes are maybe the best use of leftover mashed potatoes yet. Serve with poached eggs for a terrific brunch too.
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 12 potato cakes
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 4 rounded tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (or other favorite herbs)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 6 slices crisp cooked, thick cut smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup diced cheddar cheese ) about a ½ inch dice or smaller
Instructions
  1. In a small saute pan heat over medium heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the red onion and garlic and sauté for only a couple of minutes until the onions are softened but not browned.
  3. Remove from heat and add to all of the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Mix all together well. You will have to use some judgement here. If the mixture seems too wet, add a couple of additional tablespoons of flour to help bind it together.
  5. Form into 12 balls, roll in flour and flatten into potato cakes about an inch thick. Wetting your hands to roll the potato into balls is a good tip if your potatoes are particularly sticky.
  6. Heat a quarter inch of canola oil in a saute pan (or preferably a cast iron pan) over medium heat. Fry for a few minutes on either side until golden brown, drain on paper towels before serving.
  7. Note: these, naturally are very soft potato cakes and need a gentle touch while frying. Do not crowd too many at a time into the pan and give yourself plenty of room to flip them for perfect looking potato cakes.
Notes
These, naturally are very soft potato cakes and need a gentle touch while frying. Do not crowd too many at a time into the pan and give yourself plenty of room to flip them for perfect looking potato cakes.

 

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Ashley
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SO glad I just found this on Pinterest!
Do you think this could work for fresh mashed? I would love to make some for lunch but do not have left over mashed, darn, I knew I should have made some last night with dinner!

William Medina
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I love this – well I love anything with bacon and this looks awesome!!

I am first going to share this with my wife to see if we (by we I mean her) can do this and then I am going to share this on my blog.
I love trying out new recipes and if it includes beacon – I am all in.
Thank you for sharing.

nancy
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I bought a HUGE box of instant potatoes at Costco. Family not fond of them. Not wanting to trash them figured with all the additions in this recipe it might work. Wow they were great, I mean really good. I love them with bacon and eggs for supper….thank you so much. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like and these are no exception.

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