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These ham mashed potato cakes are the most amazing way to use leftover mashed potatoes. They are incredibly cheesy and make for a delicious snack or appetizer!

Ham mashed potato cakes on a plate with sauce on the side.

Who has ever had a too much leftover mashed potato problem? Always, always, always! No matter how well we plan things here at the My Food Story kitchen, we always have extra mashed potato during the holidays.

And we always find an interesting way to use it though because we can never give away mashed potatoes. These ham mashed potato cakes are in my opinion, the best way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and we’ve been doing this for years!

We usually do a bit of ham on the side and I always just chop it all up and add it to the mix. But you know a lot of other things will work really well too – like chopped chicken or even turkey. Just make sure to cut it into really tiny pieces – almost like a chunky mince.

Stretchy cheesy shot of ham mashed potato cakes to show texture

Since we like a little heat and garlic in everything, I added one jalapeno and some minced garlic to the mix. The rest is just flour, egg, looooots of cheese and breadcrumbs for coating. You can make these ahead and refrigerate for up to a day and then all you need to do is shallow fry them in hot oil.

If you have kids, they will absolutely love these cheesy ham mashed potato cakes, though in my experience NOBODY can resist these or stop at one. So make sure you make extras!

Stretchy cheesy shot of ham mashed potato cakes to show texture

These are best made with mashed potatoes which are not super creamy or have too much butter in them. If thats the kind of mashed potatoes you have on hand, increase the amount of flour to make sure the patties hold their shape. And I absolutely do not recommend making these with instant mashed potatoes – never works.

If you are looking for a great mashed potato recipe my Instant Mashed Potatoes are incredible and they work perfectly well with this recipe!

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Ham Mashed Potato Cakes

5 from 1 vote
By: Richa Gupta
These ham mashed potato cakes are the most amazing way to use leftover mashed potatoes. They are incredibly cheesy and make for a delicious snack or appetizer!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 18 cakes


  • 4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 Jalapeno deseeded and chopped finely
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely minced
  • 4 slices of Ham finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain Bread Crumbs for coating
  • 4-6 tablespoons Oil for shallow frying
  • Sour Cream or Mayonnaise for serving


  • In a large bowl, mix together mashed potatoes, mozzarella, egg, flour, jalapeno, garlic and ham till combined. The mixture should be thick and should hold its shape. If its too loose, add a tablespoon of a flour at a time (this will depend on the consistency of your mashed potatoes)
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the mixture and form it into patties which are about 1/3 inches in thickness. Coat each cake evenly in a thin coating of breadcrumbs and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the patties in a single layer on each side for 3-4 minutes till golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve hot with sour cream or mayonnaise.


Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 191mgPotassium: 183mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 106IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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About Richa Gupta

I’m Richa, the cook, writer and photographer behind this little blog. I’ve grown up in the kitchen along side my mum and grandmothers and conversations in my family are always about the next meal. I’ve picked up their love for food along the way, and with this blog, I share my food story with you.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are divine! I should have added a tad more flower to hold better but they are still tasty! Just would like to know what/how to use this recipe in an air fryer t cut down on oil splatter (ouch!)!

  2. this is a southern staple from my childhood in Tennessee we use day or two days old mashed potatoes but we only add maybe greenonion the simpler the better . we only eat these next day at breakfast.