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Three stacked up mini potato pancakes on a square plate.

Ham and Cheese Potato Cakes

My whole family loves mashed potato pancakes and this potato pancake recipe is packed with ham and cheese, making it a filling side dish or appetizer! 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword easy appetizer recipes, game day recipes, party recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 cakes
Calories 174kcal


  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups flour more as needed
  • 1 cup grated Grand Cru cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup ham diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, flour, cheese, and eggs.
  • If you're using leftover mashed potatoes that 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.
  • Once your dough is the right consistency, stir in the ham, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add just enough oil to lightly cover the bottom of the skillet.
  • When the oil is hot, take a golf ball sized ball of dough and press into a patty. Place in the skillet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, being sure not to crowd the pan.
  • Cook for 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  • Drain on a paper towel lined sheet.
  • Sprinkle with extra cheese and chives before serving.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 413mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.2mg