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Waste Not...the Mashed Potatoes

Making potato patties from leftover mashed potatoes is no big secret. People have been doing it for years and with delicious results. But when you mix those mashed potatoes with just the right combination of wonderful ingredients and roll them in Panko bread crumbs, and THEN cook them in an air fryer....oh, stop the presses! It's a game changer, for sure! THIS "Waste not" recipe is definitely one to write home about!

The perfect amount of crunch on the outside - tender, flavorful potato goodness on the inside. Whether cooked in an air fryer, baked in the oven or fried on the stove, this is a yummy way to use those leftover mashed potatoes (Note: I only had 1 cup left over from dinner a couple nights ago, but you could certainly adjust this recipe according to the amount of potatoes you have available).

Air-Fried Potato Patties


1 c. Mashed potatoes (prepared)

1 Tbsp. Sour cream

1 Green onion, diced small

2 Slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

1/3 c. Sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 Egg, beaten

2 ½ Tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 c. Panko bread crumbs

Salt & pepper, to taste


Preheat air fryer to 360⁰F for 5 minutes.

Combine first five ingredients plus salt and pepper in medium bowl. Stir well to combine making sure ingredients are evenly distributed.

Combine flour and baking powder in small bowl and stir well. Add to potato mixture.

Add beaten egg and mix everything together well.

Pour Panko into shallow bowl.

Use a large cookie dough scoop to portion mixture. Drop into Panko bread crumbs. Coat all sides and flatten slightly. (Mixture will be very loose, but don't worry. It will firm up after it's cooked).

Spray bottom and sides of air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Place potato patty in preheated air-fryer basket. Repeat with remaining mixture arranging in single layer in bottom of basket. (Keep mixture in refrigerator while cooking).

Secure basket in air-fryer and cook at 360⁰F for 5 minutes on one side. Turn each one carefully and cook for another 5 minutes on the other side. Carefully remove from air-fryer basket and let cool slightly. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan, if desired and serve hot.

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