No Mess Potato Pancakes

No Mess Potato Pancakes at The Happy Housewife

Potato pancakes were on our dinner menu last week, but they could also be served as a hot breakfast. This is a great leftover makeover and helps use up all the little amounts of food you have in your kitchen.

No Mess Potato Pancakes


  • Leftover mashed potatoes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 cup “just add water” pancake mix
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • Oil (for frying)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. A potato masher works well for this job.
  2. While mixing, heat a frying pan on the stove top with a small amount of oil or butter. If you have a cast iron skillet use it, it is awesome for frying food.
  3. Here is where the no mess comes in, the next step should be shape into patties and put in hot pan, but this is so messy! I was washing my hands after each batch. So I tried a mini ice cream scoop. It worked perfectly.
  4. Scoop up the mix.
  5. Drop into hot pan.
  6. Then take the spatula and flatten the potato ball. This is a little tricky, try quick taps so it doesn’t stick to the pancake.
  7. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  8. Serve as a side with dinner or with syrup for a hot breakfast.


  1. That’s pretty brilliant using mashed potatoes. We make latkes (the yiddish word), but we use hash brown style shredded potatoes. They’re a mess for sure. I will for sure be trying this version next time. Thanks for the idea!

  2. This sure does bring back memories. My mom used to make these (the shredded potato version) now and then, usually served with a fried egg on top and horseradish sauce. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

  3. Yum! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. This brings back great memories for me! My mom and great-grandmother used to make these. The house smelled so good! Thanks for sharing your recipe for them!

  5. What a good idea to use mashed potatoes. Like everyone else, I am used to the shredded potato type. These would be really good.

  6. Very clever. I have never had these before. Thanks.

  7. My kids love potato cakes- have never added pancake mix- will have to try that! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I’ve heard of these but have never had them. After seeing yours though, I am intrigued! They look good!

  9. I remember my Mom making Potato Pancakes growing up (she always added a lot of cheese!) and we would actually eat then for lunch with salads and veggies. Great post!

  10. OOOOOhhh, I have leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge from dinner! 😀 YUM!

  11. These look fantastic, so glad I found your site!

  12. I make these but I mix in the shredded hashbrown-type potatoes and some diced white onion with a sprinkling of parsley as well. It is SO wonderful. Serve with bacon and applesauce. Nothing better!

  13. Johanna says:

    We had something very similar to this growing up. It is one of my favorite treats, so I always try to make extra mashed potatoes for it. I eat mine it with ketchup.

  14. I love potato pancakes. I’ve never had it with pancake mix either. They’re also great with chopped green onion cooked in them and a little ranch dressing on them; almost like a fried baked potato!

  15. My Mom used to make these, they was so good. Yum!

  16. I make these with diced onions, a small amount of chopped banana pepper (if I have it), add an egg, some flour and some cornmeal, salt, pepper and a little bit of garlic powder. Everyone loves them:)

  17. I always seem to make too much. I think I will try this!

  18. As I was reading my facebook feeds this morning, I saw this and had to try it, especially since I had saved mashed potatoes from a previous supper. My hubby and kids loved them with ketchup and syrup (not at the same time, mind you). I think they have voted the syrup is the best with them. I like them both. It’s amazing that adding ketchup makes it taste like a hashbrown and if you add syrup it tastes similar to french toast. Thanks for posting it!

  19. My mom used to serve them with apple sauce as a side every time we had ham for dinner. She used leftover mashed, too. yum

  20. I use the ice cream scoop for muffins, pancakes, and waffles. I have two sizes. It sure helps to keep things a little cleaner.

  21. I spray a spatula with pam before mashing down the potatoes, this way it doesn’t stick when you mash them down.


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