Savory Garlicky Mashed Potato Cake


Transform your mashed potatoes into something extraordinary with our Savory Garlicky Mashed Potato Cake. This dish takes the comforting goodness of mashed potatoes, infuses them with aromatic garlic, and presents them in a crispy, golden cake form. It's a perfect side dish or appetizer that's sure to impress with its delightful flavor and texture contrast.

Savory Garlicky Mashed Potato Cake

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus time to prepare mashed potatoes)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Size

  • Servings: Serves 4-6 people
  • Serving Size: 1 slice


  • Leftover mashed potatoes (about 4 cups or 600g)
  • Garlic cloves, minced (3-4 cloves or 9-12g)
  • Large eggs, beaten (2)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup or 55g)
  • Salt (1/2 teaspoon or 2.5g)
  • Black pepper (1/4 teaspoon or 0.5g)
  • Olive oil (for frying)
  • Optional: Chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or chives) for garnish

Detailed Method of Preparation

  • Mix Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, minced garlic, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Shape the Cake:
    • Form the mixture into a large, thick patty. If it's too sticky, you can add a bit more Parmesan cheese or some breadcrumbs to help bind it.
  • Cook the Cake:
    • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
    • Carefully place the potato cake in the skillet and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes per side.
  • Serve:
    • Transfer to a cutting board and slice into wedges.
    • Garnish with chopped herbs if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Non-Stick Pan: Use a good non-stick pan to prevent sticking and ensure even browning.
  • Consistent Thickness: Make sure the cake is evenly thick for uniform cooking.
  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with adding different herbs or cheeses for new flavor profiles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I make this with fresh mashed potatoes? Absolutely, just ensure they are cooled before mixing.
  • How to store leftovers? Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
  • Can I bake this instead of frying? Yes, bake in a preheated 400°F (200°C) oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden.