Onion Cheddar and Bacon Potato Cakes. Maybe the best use of leftover mashed potatoes yet.
Onion Cheddar and Bacon Potato Cakes.
It’s time to prepare for 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.
Onion Cheddar and Bacon Potato Cakes.
My 13 year old, Noah, is the resident potato aficionado and this is one of his favourites…and what’s not to like? 
The mashed potatoes get blended with some red onion, garlic and green onions. As well, in go some crisp-cooked bacon and diced cheddar which melts to gooey pockets right inside the potato cake.
Crisp cooked bacon adds smoky deliciousness to this recipe.
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/Bake at 400 degree F for about 20-25 minutes turning at least once during the baking time.
Something to keep in mind 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.
We have more side dish inspiration including everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato and pasta salads. Be sure to check them all out in our collection of 26 Best BBQ Side Dishes too. 
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Originally published April, 2013. 2019 update includes improved notes on the recipe as well as added nutritional information.
Yield: 12 potato cakes
Bacon Cheddar and Onion Potato Cakes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
These incredible potato cakes are maybe the best use of leftover mashed potatoes yet. Serve with poached eggs for a terrific brunch too.
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 1/4 cup chopped green onion 2 tbsp chopped parsley, or other favorite herbs 1/2 tsp black pepper 6 slices crisp cooked, thick cut smoked bacon, chopped 1 cup diced cheddar cheese ) about a 1/2 inch dice or smaller
Instructions In a small saute pan heat over medium heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the red onion and garlic and sauté for only a couple of minutes until the onions are softened but not browned. Remove from heat and add to all of the remaining ingredients in a large bowl. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 potato cake Amount Per Serving Calories 249 Total Fat 15g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 29mg Sodium 429mg Carbohydrates 23g Fiber 2g Sugar 1g Protein 7g
The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.
© Barry C. Parsons
Cuisine: American / Category: Breakfast and Brunch
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