Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Fritters

November 21, 2016

Author Notes: Any leftover mashed potatoes can gain a new life in the frying pan. Simply combine whatever you've got with an egg, some breadcrumbs, and spices. These potato fritters are adapted from Merrill's cheesy broccoli ones, here: Lange

Serves: as many as you want


  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, plus more as needed and some to roll the patties in
  • 1 pound mashed potatoes (Yukon or sweet potatoes)
  • 1 egg
  • Spices, herbs, seasonings, cheese, etc. (See suggestions below!)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
In This Recipe


  1. Set aside a small dish of breadcrumbs. Stir together the potatoes, egg, and breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the seasonings you're using. Add more breadcrumbs if needed; the mixture should not be particularly wet. Taste the mixture and add salt and pepper as desired.
  3. Heat olive or canola oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat while you form your potato mixture into patties and roll the patties in the dish of panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Carefully pan-fry the fritters, flipping when golden brown and crisp-looking, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.
  5. SEASONING SUGGESTIONS: Sweet potatoes + fresh ginger + brown sugar Sweet potatoes + cilantro + cumin Sweet potatoes + cranberry sauce + minced sage Potatoes + mustard seeds + caramelized onions Potatoes + shredded Cheddar + paprika Potatoes + ranch seasoning + garlic + chives

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