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Rating: 3.97 stars
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3

A great use for leftover mashed potato. Great for dinner with a garden salad.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, eggs, parsley, cheese, salt and pepper, bacon bits and onion flakes. Form mixture into patties, and dredge patties in the bread crumbs.

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  • Pour oil 1/2 inch deep in a large, heavy skillet. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry patties, flipping to fry them on both sides, until they are golden brown. Serve hot.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

660 calories; protein 17.6g; carbohydrates 58.4g; fat 39.9g; cholesterol 110.9mg; sodium 1505.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (42)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I Loved this recipe... If you are making these and they fall apart in the pan you are using too much oil. Also when you make the mash potatoes do not add too much butter and milk. If the mashed potatoes are too soft they will fall apart and the most important is do not forget the eggs. I will continue to make these. They were very easy and my family loved them. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
I did not find this to be easy at all... the patties fell apart as soon as they were in the pan resulting in fried goo. Would not recommend. Read More
(15)
58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I Loved this recipe... If you are making these and they fall apart in the pan you are using too much oil. Also when you make the mash potatoes do not add too much butter and milk. If the mashed potatoes are too soft they will fall apart and the most important is do not forget the eggs. I will continue to make these. They were very easy and my family loved them. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
(93)
Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2007
Very good recipe although next time I will omit the salt as the cheese added a good amount (based on other reviews I used romano and cheddar). I also used minced fresh onion instead of dried and baked the croquettes at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes on each side. I sprayed them with a little olive oil before putting them in the oven and they turned out nice and crispy without all the extra grease. I will definitely make these again! Read More
(63)
Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2006
Added more cheese and some flour to the potatoes as some had suggested. Used Panko crumbs instead of regular so that they turned out nice and crispy on the outside. Will make again---will try with sharp cheddar next time. 4 cups of potatoes made too much for 4 servings--will cut in half next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
I served these as an appetizer. Everyone enjoyed them even my daughter who hates mashed potatoes came back for thirds on these! I used cold mashed potatoes (with garlic and ham pieces) and frozen Romano cheese. I rolled a ball the size of a heaping Tablespoon and squished it a little and deep fried in a deepfryer for 1 minute and served with ketchup. Next time I will freeze the patties before frying. Read More
(18)
Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2004
I did not find this to be easy at all... the patties fell apart as soon as they were in the pan resulting in fried goo. Would not recommend. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2004
Absolutely the best potato cakes I have ever made. My family loved them. I added fried bacon instead of bacon bits and mixed cheese. The bread crumbs made all the difference. I usually have issues with my potato cakes falling apart when I made them in the past. I also made about a 2" ball with the potatoes and rolled it in the bread crumbs and flattened them slightly. The size seemed to also make a difference. I added a bit of flour to the potatoes to make them stiffer and easier to work with. They were a huge hit with both ketchup and ranch dressing. Will make them everytime we have leftover mashed potatoes. Read More
(15)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/09/2009
Instant (chunky) mashed potatoes will work but I have to add a caveat...form them into balls and roll into bread crumbs. (will be messy) Place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and place them in the freezer for about 40 minutes. They will retain their shape during frying this way. Drain on brown paper and keep warm in the oven. (about 180 degrees)My dinner guests just raved about them! - I also used some fresh parmesan for the cheese-lesser amount- and omitted the bacon. Went well with the salmon. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2006
Great recipe! I used instant pototoes and they turned out fine. I made the potatoes a little thicker than normal. A few fell apart a little in the oil but not too bad. I also substituted finely shredded chedder for the romano in half and parmeson in the other. The ones with chedder went over the best. I will definetly make these again. Next time I will try using fresh potatoes instead of instant. Edit 1/1/6. I've made these many more times since posting this review. My family loves them. Whenever we make mashed potatoes we make extra so we will have extra for croquettes. Since the first time we have always used real mashed potatoes and they turn out much better. Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
02/28/2004
Word from the wise: do NOT make this dish with instant potatoes. You'll end up with a soggy mess. Read More
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