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If you found yourself with lots of Thanksgiving leftover mashed potatoes like me, here’s an easy way to turn them into a filling lunch or dinner. These panko crusted mashed potato patties with pancetta and cheddar make a quick and filling lunch for kids and are super easy to pack too.

Panko Crusted Mashed Potato Pancetta and Cheddar Patties – Ingredients:

– 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

– 2 eggs

– 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs + 2 cups for coating

– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

– 1/3 cup chopped pancetta

– 1 tablespoon olive oil

– salt and pepper to taste


Step 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2. Combine the mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup panko, eggs, cheddar cheese, and pancetta in a bowl. Mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3. In a separate shallow container, add 2 cups of panko with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well. Form about a 1/2 cup patty with your hands and roll in the panko crumbs.

Step 4. Place each pattie on a greased wire rack on top of a foil lined baking pan and bake for about 20-22 minutes. Place your oven on broil and broil the tops until crispy brown for just a couple of minutes.

The recipe makes 7 medium-sized patties about 3 inches wide, but you can always make them smaller and bake for less time.

These patties are super easy to make and are a delicious use of leftover mashed potatoes. They’re easy to eat and although baked, have a crispy top from the last minute broiling.

What are your favorite leftover uses for mashed potatoes? Take a look here for more kid-friendly eats and recipes.

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.