• Makes 12
  • 30 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 10 Ingredients

These ham and cheese potato cakes are so tasty and a great way to use left over mashed potato – or a great excuse to make extra!

Ingredients (makes 12 Cakes)

  • 2 Cups Cold Mashed Potato
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour (or more as needed)
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp Chives, Chopped
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 Cup Ham, diced
  • 1/2 Shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • Pinch Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


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


Optional: Sprinkle with extra cheese and chives before serving.

  • Ohh sounds delicious, I always make too much mash, this is a perfect idea to not waste left over food. Thankyou


  • What an awesome way to use up left over mashed potato


  • Clever. I love this recipe as something new and different but with simple ingredients.


  • These ham and cheese potato cakes would be a big hit in our household. I always have leftover mashed potato. Must give this recipe ago next time.


  • These look mega delicious and very tasty too.


  • Ooo these sound delicious


  • Great idea to use leftovers potatos. Thank you for sharing


  • Why does everything need to have pork products… :(


  • What a great easy recipe. Thanks :)


  • Oh my gosh, I’ve got all of these ingredients in the fridge so will be making these over the weekend.
    Sounds so yummy – thank you for sharing!


  • A delicious meal l would love to eat!


  • My kids love these! Perfect for that left over mash too.


  • These look so good! a way to make mash potato even better, never thought i’d see the day


  • This would be a great recipe to use up
    Left over Xmas ham and mashed potatoes. Any easy go to snack or even breakfast for Boxing Day. Yum


  • Mum used to make thesefor us as kids, totally forgot about them


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