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Nov 8, 2020

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

Thanksgiving leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing pancakes - little pan-fried cakes of mashed potatoes infused with your favorite stuffing.

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

 I love making Thanksgiving dinner for my family. First, it's just us, our kids, and my grandkids, so the audience is always accepting, and my single oven can handle the meal.

Second, one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving food is what I get to do with the leftovers. Of course I sent care packages home with my kids, but we still had the turkey carcass, some turkey for sandwiches, mashed potatoesstuffinggravy, and cranberry sauce.

Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

 This recipe has been inspired by the book Mark Bittman's Kitchen Matrix: More than 700 Simple Recipes and Techniques to Mix and Match for Endless Possibilities. Over 700 recipes in 300 pages.

The inspiration this week is the chapter, Thanksgiving Leftovers +20 Ways.

Sections in the chapter include recipes for leftover Turkey (soup, salad, sandwiches, and tortillas), Stuffing (eggs, cakes, sausage, stuffed peppers, and bread pudding), Mashed potatoes (pierogi, fritters, gratin, pie, and croquettes), and Cranberry Sauce (parfaits, sandwiches, cocktails, breads, and chicken).

To honor this chapter of the book, I decided to make these potato and stuffing cakes, kind of a hybrid of his potato fritters and stuffing cakes. They were so good.

You can make these in advance and reheat them in a dry skillet. Kind of like leftover leftovers!

Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes with scallions #leftovers #mashed potatoes #stuffing #thanksgiving #potatoecakes

 P.S. I did make the cranberry sauce negroni too. It was delicious. Just combine 1 part cranberry sauce, 1 part gin, 1 part Campari, and 1 part red vermouth. Shake, strain, and enjoy.

cranberry negroni

This week, the From our Dinner Table Group is posting recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers. I originally posted this recipe in November, 2018 and updated it with a spiffed up printable recipe card. 

Be sure to check out everyone else's recipes!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Reinvented

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Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes

Thanksgiving Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Stuffing Pancakes
Yield: 4 servings
Author: Karen Kerr
Thanksgiving leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing pancakes - little pan-fried cakes of mashed potatoes infused with your favorite stuffing.


  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 2 eggs, divided, and whisked
  • 1 cup flour, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • (Optional) leftover gravy, heated through, sour cream, and/or scallions


  1. Place the mashed potatoes in one small bowl, and the stuffing in another small bowl.
  2. Add one whisked egg to each bowl and mix
  3. Add 1/2 cup flour to each bowl and mix
  4. Gently mix the ingredients of each bowl in a larger bowl. The goal is to swirl the ingredients together.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the butter.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, add mounds of the blended ingredients to the skillet and pat the mounds down to 1/2 inch thick patties with an oiled spatula. Fry the cakes until browned on both sides and heated through.
  7. Serve, topped with gravy, sour cream, and/or scallions.



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  1. I always make potato cakes to go along with Kielbasa and Eggs after Thanksgiving but have never added stuffing to them. YUM.....and I am definitely making this cocktail!!

  2. Yum! That Negroni is definitely on my list, too! Cheers.

  3. I use left over stuffing to make croutons that I use in a creamy turkey soup.

    I mix together very similar ingredients as yours, not quite as much flour though. Then I roll the mixture into small balls about the size of large cherries. I put them on a parchment lined sheet and bake them until a nice golden brown and until they are a bit crispy on the outside.

    Then I make a creamy turkey soup with left over turkey and use these stuffing balls as croutons...quite tasty.

  4. That book sounds amazing - I love leftover inspirations! It's so fun to reimagine dishes into something new. That drink is absolutely gorgeous and these little pancakes sounds delicious! What a fun way to combine leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing!

    1. Thanks Rebekah! I loved both the pancakes and the cocktail.


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