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Parmesan Mashed Potato Cakes

TheseParmesan Mashed Potato Cakesare so addictive! A crunchy, cheesycrustis hiding the soft, velvety mashed potato filling. They make a perfect side dish or a filling vegetarian meal.
Prep Time15mins
Cook Time10mins
Cooking and Cooling Potatoes2hrs
Total Time2hrs25mins
Course: Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mashed Potato Cakes
Servings: 6cakes
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Tania Sheff


  • 2largepotatoesabout 1 lb.
  • 1egg
  • 1cupgrated Parmesan + extra 1/2 cup for dredging
  • 1/4cupchopped parsley
  • 1/4cupchopped chivesor scallion
  • 1/4cupall-purpose flour
  • 1/2tsp.saltor to taste
  • 1/2tsp.pepperor to taste
  • 3tbsp.olive oil for frying


  • Cook the potatoes in gently boiling water until tender, about 20-25 minutes, depending on the size. Let them cool down completely. Peel.
  • Place the potatoes in a medium mixing bowl and mash well using a potato masher.
  • To the same bowl, add the egg, Parmesan, parsley, chives, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix everything well.
  • Scoop up about a 1/2 cup of the potato mixture and form it into a patty.
  • Place about a 1/2 cup of Parmesan into a shallow dish. Roll the patties in the parmesan to coat.
  • Heat up some olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the potato patties, and fry for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until they turn golden brown.




Cool the potatoes.Make sure your potatoes have cooled down completely before adding the rest of the ingredients and making the patties. If you use hot potatoes, your potato cakes won?t hold their shape well.
Don?t make the patties too thin.Your cakes should be about 1 inch thick. This way, it?ll be easier to flip them and they won?t break apart.
Be generous with the Parmesan.When rolling the patties in the Parmesan mixture, press the cheese into the patties. This step adds extra flavor and extra crispiness to the potato cakes.
Add herbs to taste.Although I am using parsley and chives in this recipe, feel free to substitute the herbs to fit your tastes best. Dill, cilantro, scallions, and basil would make a great fit.
Don?t fiddle.Be patient and let the cakes fry for 3-4 minutes before flipping them. If you flip them too early, you can ruin the cake.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 557mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 5mg