These ham and cheese potato cakes are so tasty and a great way to use left over mashed potato – or a great excuse to make extra!

Ingredients (makes 12 Cakes)

  • 2 Cups Cold Mashed Potato
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour (or more as needed)
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp Chives, Chopped
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Cup Ham, diced
  • 1/2 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, flour, cheese, and eggs. If you're using leftover mashed potatoes that have had a lot of milk in them, you will likely need to add more flour until the mixture is thick and workable. You should be able to take a ball of dough in your hand and press it into a patty without it sticking to your hands. Add flour until it reaches this consistency. Alternately, if the dough is too thick and dry, add milk one tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency.
  2. Once your dough is the right consistency, stir in the ham, shallot, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add just enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. When the oil is hot, take a golf ball sized ball of dough and press into a patty. Place in the pan. Repeat with the rest of the dough, being sure not to crowd the pan.
  5. Cook for 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.

Notes... Optional: Sprinkle with extra cheese and chives before serving.

  • Yum, yum yum. Now this is my kind of food. They remind me of bubble n speak and I love bubble n squeak. I will be trying this recipe for sure.


  • OMG, these have been made already, they have been devoured, I suppose the adult sons will want actual dinner about 10pm tonight when they get home, so these were to tide them over before they went out and I wanted to try them, they were delicious, they devoured them, they were easy, next time I will make up mash potato the night before with dinner, although I wonder how the DEB packet mash would go as something to keep in the pantry to speed the process up, but they were delicious and easy, will be making them again, but not at 10 tonight!!!


  • What a great idea! These look yummy! My kids would enjoy them. Thanks for sharing!


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