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Leftover Potato Cakes In Air Fryer

Have you ever found yourself with leftover mashed potatoes and wondered what to do with them? Look no further! These leftover potato cakes in the air fryer are not only delicious, but they also make use of just a few simple ingredients.

Rediscovering Leftovers

Imagine this scenario: you’ve just had a filling roast dinner and stored the leftovers in the fridge for later. While everyone devours the meat, gravy, and cheese sauce, there’s always a surplus of mashed potatoes. But fear not! Chef Dom has a solution. He turns those leftovers into delectable air fryer potato cakes, and let me tell you, there’s always a friendly argument over who gets the last one.

Originally shared in 2018, this leftover potato cake recipe has been updated with new photos and improved tips and tricks for creating the ultimate air fryer potato cakes.

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes
A mouth-watering plate of Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes.

Introducing Potato Cakes

Potato cakes, also known as air fryer potato patties, potato pancakes, or potato fritters, are a delightful and creative way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. They provide a scrumptious alternative to air fryer gnocchi.

Picture this: you’ve just had a lavish roast dinner, and the refrigerator holds the remnants of your meal. Everyone has helped themselves, and the meat, gravy, and cheese sauce have disappeared. But what about those extra roast potatoes? Nobody can resist roasties. While the gravy may be long gone, the mashed potatoes can be transformed into something extraordinary. Enter mashed potato cakes, which pair perfectly with a generous helping of cheese.

These mashed potato cakes can be cooked over foil, allowing you to effortlessly lift them out of the air fryer basket, leaving no mess behind.

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Air Fryer Magic: Transforming Mashed Potatoes

Yes, you can indeed air fry mashed potatoes. Simply cook a batch of potatoes in the air fryer, then mash them as you normally would. However, I prefer to utilize leftover mashed potatoes for this recipe.

The Wonders of Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Leftover mashed potatoes can be elegantly reheated in the air fryer. If you’re interested, check out our leftover mashed potatoes recipe for a quick and delicious method of utilizing any leftovers you have.

However, if you truly want to elevate your leftover mash, I highly recommend making mashed potato cakes.

Unveiling Mashed Potato Cakes

Mashed potato cakes are just what they sound like—potato cakes made from mashed potatoes. It’s a simple process: combine cold leftover mashed potatoes, cheese, flour, and other desired leftovers in a bowl. Use flour, breadcrumbs, or oats to bind the mixture together, then shape them into patties resembling mashed potatoes.

Potato Cakes Without Flour

When making potato cakes, it’s important to find a binding agent that prevents them from turning into mush when air fried. While flour is the easiest option, you can also use gluten-free oat flour or a similar alternative if you prefer to avoid flour altogether. Personally, I recommend this flourless swap.

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Ingredients for Mashed Potato Cakes in the Air Fryer

Mashed Potato Cakes Air Fryer Ingredients

  • Mash: Plenty of leftover mashed potatoes. The more leftovers you have, the more delicious mashed potato cakes you can make.
  • Cheese: Don’t hold back—add plenty of cheese to your mashed potato mixture. Cheddar, Red Leicester, or even double Gloucester are excellent choices.
  • Breadcrumbs: Instead of using flour, I recommend using breadcrumbs in your leftover mashed potato cakes. They provide a better texture and help achieve that desirable crispiness.
  • Seasonings: For the perfect balance, I prefer to keep it simple with salt, pepper, and dried chives. However, feel free to add extra seasonings if you desire a different flavor.

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Let’s Get Cooking: How to Make Potato Cakes

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes Step-by-Step

To create your potato cakes in the air fryer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Bowl: Start by grabbing a large bowl to mix all your ingredients for the potato cakes.
  2. Mix: Thoroughly combine the ingredients until everything is well coated, and the cheese and breadcrumbs have blended nicely.
  3. Patties: Shape your air fryer potato cakes into patties, similar in size to our air fryer frozen fishcakes.
  4. Foil: Line the air fryer basket with foil, arrange the patties, ensuring they are evenly spaced, and air fry for 10 minutes on foil at 180°C/360°F.

As you can see, making air fryer mashed potato cakes from leftovers is a breeze. Follow these steps, and you’ll have piping hot cakes with a crispy outer layer and a fluffy interior.

Cooking Time: How Long to Cook Potato Cakes in the Air Fryer?

The cook time for air fryer potato cakes is a mere 10 minutes when cooked on foil. After this short time, they will be piping hot, crispy on the outside, and irresistibly fluffy on the inside. Be sure to check out our podcast episode on using foil in the air fryer for additional tips and tricks.

More Delicious Leftover Ideas for Your Air Fryer

  • Air Fryer Leftover Turkey Pie
  • Air Fryer Leftover Turkey Calzone
  • Air Fryer Leftover Turkey Burgers
  • Air Fryer Leftover Stuffing Muffins
  • Air Fryer Prime Rib Hash

Mashed Potato Cakes in Air Fryer
A delightful plate of mashed potato cakes made in the air fryer.

Recipe for Mashed Potato Cakes

Your mashed potato cakes recipe is provided below. You have the option to print it out with or without photos, adjust the number of servings, or switch between metric and imperial measurements depending on your location.

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