Sunday Brunch: Potato Cakes

Sunday Brunch

How to make the best meal of the week even better.

Sunday Brunch: Potato Cakes
  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time:20 minutes
  • Total time:20 minutes

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Editor's note: Each Saturday morning we bring you a Sunday Brunch recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

If you find yourself in the position of having too many leftover potatoes and not enough gravy, these simple cakes makes a quick crisp brunch. As they cook, the potatoes and cheese tend to get soft, so be gentle when flipping. A bloody mary and couple of potato cakes will surely take the edge off any sort of post-holiday drowsiness.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass. Find more information at (or read


  • 2 cups mashed potato
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • butter for frying
  • sour cream, to garnish
  • sliced scallion, to garnish


  1. 1.

    Mix together mashed potatoes, cheese and scallions until thoroughly combined. Form potato mixture into 8 evenly sized patties. In separate trays, place flour, eggs and breadcrumbs; coat each patty in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs.

  2. 2.

    Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a knob of butter. Working in batches, fry patties until golden brown. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream and more sliced scallions.

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