11 Ways to Upgrade Your Breakfast Potatoes

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Give your morning some pizzazz with fabulous breakfast potato recipes guaranteed to give basic hash browns serious competition. These breakfast recipes feature taters of all types, including deliciously repurposed leftover mashers and bakers, loaded tater tots, crispy latkes, hearty hashes, and much more!

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Bacon Cheddar Patty Cakes

Latkes in a Frying Pan
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A crispy, delicious way to use leftover mashed potatoes. "Omg! It was quick, easy and out of this world good," says KatMac. "Served them up with some baked eggs and fresh fruit, and was instantly hailed as a kitchen hero."

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Potato Waffles

Potato Waffles on a blue plate

Leftover mashed potatoes in the waffle iron? It's the way Einstein would've done it. "These are basically potato pancakes," says SuperWifey. "But without all the greasy clean-up and calories from pan-frying. I serve them with chicken and sauteed apples."

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Jay's Hearty Breakfast Skillet

Jay's Hearty Breakfast Skillet

A great one for personalizing. Use leftover bakers or microwave the potatoes to save time. This skillet features a vegetable medley including bell peppers, sliced mushrooms and onions. Bacon never hurts—in fact, it's the crown jewel of this easy breakfast dish.

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Ham Cake-ettes

ham patties with wilted greens and green beans on modern white plate

Ham cake...doesn't sound delicious. But Ham Cake-ettes? I need that. "They're the perfect combo of pancakes and croquettes," explains Avon. She likes them with honey mustard sauce, chutneys, or applesauce. It's the responsible way to utilize leftover ham and mashed potatoes.

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Deluxe Corned Beef Hash

Deluxe Corned Beef Hash

Elevate your breakfast with a classic hash that envelops potatoes in butter, parsley, and of course, cubed corned beef. A meal like this is the answer to serious hunger or just a hankering for potatoes in the morning.

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German Potato Pancakes

These are no ordinary pancakes. They can go either the sweet or savory route depending on the sauce accompaniment. And while reviewer Swizzlesticks prefers to top them with cranberry sauce and maple syrup, they also make a great side dish to steak and eggs.

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Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots®

Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots®
Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots®. fabeveryday

This tots recipe does triple duty. It's a sensational side dish, an appealing appetizer for game day, and topped with an egg or two a terrific breakfast! "The potatoes crisp in bacon grease before being baked with Cheddar cheese for an easy bacony, cheesy treat," says fabeveryday.

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Quick and Easy Home Fries

Quick and Easy Home Fries on a turquoise plate

This 3-ingredient recipe is simple yet effective. No reason to complicate the straightforward and satisfying blend of salt, butter, and potatoes. Home fries are so easy to personalize, and work well when you have little time but need maximum flavor.

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Early Morning Oven Roasted New Potatoes

closeup of golden brown skin-on halved potatoes in a white ceramic dish
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A beautifully simple dish of potatoes, butter, salt, and rosemary. Reader M. Stoffel recommends heating the pan in the oven while prepping the potatoes, then dumping the potatoes into the hot pan. "It makes them crisp all over and prevents sticking," she says.

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Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes with sour cream and chives
Potato Latkes I | Photo by Montana. Montana

Now here's a classic. Try them the traditional way, with applesauce or sour cream and chopped green onions. Get your potato-shredding arm warmed up. Or cheat a little, and use frozen pre-grated potatoes.

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Ham and Hash Brown Quiche

Ham and Hash Brown Quiche
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My husband isn't a big fan of quiche," says Victoria. "But you replace the crust with hash browns, and suddenly he's all over it...go figure!" We totally understand the love for this explosion of hearty, cheesy flavor. Assorted vegetables and crisp pieces of ham are baked into this hash brown-crusted masterpiece.

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