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Loaded Potato Cakes

These Loaded Potato Cakes are a kicked-up version of an old Southern favorite. They’re filled with cheddar cheese, smoky bacon and the perfect seasoning blend and coated in a surprise crunchy coating that takes them over-the-top.

Loaded Potato Cakes

Loaded Potato Cakes are a Spud Loving Side Dish Option

Being inherently frugal, I love being able to transform ingredients into something spectacular for another meal. While leftover potatoes are a rarity any amount of leftover potatoes can be transformed into something new. Potato cakes are always a delicious alternative and they never disappoint. This updated version is how I prepare potato cakes for my family, who never turn down the bacon and cheese combo. It’s a fantastic way to stretch leftovers, and create a completely different tasting dish, too.

Loaded Potato Cakes

Helpful Tips for Making Potato Cakes

  • The mashed potatoes you start with must be cold and not too thin.
  • I made these potato cakes using leftover Swiss Cheese Mashed Potatoes turning leftovers into a real supper-time treat.
  • They can be prepared with or without the bacon, cheddar and chives, if you prefer the old school version, but who would want to?
  • Feel free to sub out turkey bacon, light cheese and butter to lighten them up just a smidge.
  • I love them probably more than I should, in pretty much any form. So does my family.
  • Dishes like make ahead Baked Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes and cheesy Potato Puffs Recipe from Food Network, always satisfy.


Loaded Potato Cakes

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Loaded Potato Cakes

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaded-potato-cakes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 404kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 3 cup cold mashed potatoes
  • 1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup finely shredded colby-jack or cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chives finely chopped
  • 2 cup finely crushed plain or Ranch flavored potato chips [more if needed]
  • vegetable oil and butter for frying
  • sour cream


  • In a medium mixing bowl mix together the cold potatoes, cream cheese and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, seasonings and baking powder until fully combined then mix into the potatoes. Add the cheese, bacon and chives, reserving a small amount of each for garnishing. Mix well.
  • Use a 4 oz ice cream scoop to separate the potato mixture into cakes. Carefully roll in the crushed potato chips and shape. Place onto a parchment lined pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. [Tip: Cold potato cakes will better maintain their shape when frying.]
  • To prepare, heat a couple of drizzles of vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet with 1 Tbsp butter. When the butter has melted add the potato cakes.
  • Fry over medium-high in batches for 3-4 minutes per side, turning as needed until golden on both sides. Add additional oil and 1 Tbsp butter to the pan between batches.
  • Remove to a platter and keep warm while frying all of the potato cakes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of chives, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 703mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Fantastic recipes for this weekend! I’m cooking up a storm and need some ideas.. these are perfect..


  2. Wow, you really got me with this one Melissa. Potato cakes rolled in potato chips, This is a must make! Love your recipes, and you inspire me.

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