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Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes aka potato pancakes or potato latkes, are loaded mashed potato cakes with crispy bacon, green onion and cheddar cheese are the bomb.

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes

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Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes

Whether you have a regular Air Fryer, Ninja Foodi or the CrispLid, the Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes will come out tasting amazing.

Loaded with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and green onion, this is the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes.

My mom always made the best polish potato pancakes. However, it is nearly impossible to replicate them because there was no recipe. A handful of flour, a pinch of salt, 2 medium white potatoes.

My hands are twice the size of hers and let’s just say I gave up trying to make her potato pancakes.

And while these have a different texture to them than hers did, these air fryer potato latkes are as close to tasting like hers as I’m going to get.

Plus, these loaded mashed potato cakes are so much less fattening as they aren’t fried in a ton of crisco. 😉

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Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes Ingredients

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Green onion, diced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Eggs, beaten
  • Flour
  • Panko crumbs
  • Sour Cream (optional)
  • Jelly (optional as this is what I put I on mine!)
  • For exact amounts, please see recipe card below.


Fry the bacon until crispy and drain on a paper towel until cool. 

Crumble into small bits. 

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Place the bacon bits into a large bowl.

Add your mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and green onions.

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Stir to combine 

air fryer smashed potatoes

Line a baking pan with parchment paper. 

Place all of the mashed mixture on the baking pan.

Spread the mashed potato mixture evenly across the pan. 

potato cakes made with instant potatoes

Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Use a circle cookie cutter and cut out circles of the mashed potato mixture. 

potato cakes cooked in air fryer

Set to the side.

Continue until you have all of the circles cut out.

Prepare your dredging station. 

Flour in one bowl, beaten eggs in the second bowl, and the panko crumbs in a third bowl. 

Dip your potato cake into the flour, then eggs and finally the panko crumbs. 

potato cake dredging station

Place the potato cake in your Air Fryer,

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Make sure to ONLY do one layer of the potato cakes in the Air Fryer. 

Set the temp to 370 for 6-8 minutes. 

For best results, serve immediately, while hot and crispy.

frozen potato cakes in air fryer

Enjoy!

air fryer potato pancakes
Yield: 12

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes

air fryer potato pancakes

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Cakes aka potato pancakes or potato latkes, are loaded mashed potato cakes with crispy bacon, green onion and cheddar cheese are the bomb.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6-8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup green onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 cups panko crumbs
  • Jelly (optional as this is what I put I on mine!)

Instructions

  1. Fry the bacon until crispy and drain on a paper towel until cool. 
  2. Crumble into small bits. 
  3. Place the bacon bits into a large bowl.
  4. Add your mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and green onions.
  5. Stir to combine Line a baking pan with parchment paper. 
  6. Place all of the mashed mixture on the baking pan.
  7. Spread the mashed potato mixture evenly across the pan. 
  8. Place it in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  9. Use a circle cookie cutter and cut out circles of the mashed potato mixture. Set to the side.
  10. Continue until you have all of the circles cut out.
  11. Prepare your dredging station. Flour in one bowl, beaten eggs in the second bowl, and the panko crumbs in a third bowl. 
  12. Dip your potato cake into the flour, then eggs and finally the Panko crumbs. 
  13. Place the potato cake in your Air Fryer.
  14. Make sure to ONLY do one layer of the potato cakes in the Air Fryer. 
  15. Set the temp to 370 for 6-8 minutes. 
  16. For best results, serve immediately, while hot and crispy.
  17. Serve with sour cream or jelly. (optional)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 645mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g

Nutrition may vary depending on the products used.

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