Potato Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Potato Pancakes for St. Patrick’s Day. My Irish grandmother would make these all time, these or potato scones and we loved them. I have not had these since she had made them so long ago. I miss my wonderful grandmother as she lived with us and was like a second mother to me. So many fond memories, one of them is of her making these Potato Pancakes. She never had a recipe and I asked her countless times and she said “oh it is just a pinch of this and a mouthful of that”. Never had anything written down it was all in the feel. I attempted these last St. Patrick’s Day and I failed miserably!! You have to have mashed potatoes that are cold and have sat over night being the key I believe.

I made these and Amber, our daughter, thought she died and gone to Irish heaven!! She was stunned that I had never made them for her before!! I had to cut her off at 5 pancakes or I would not have had one. She devoured them. Ken was very thrilled to have some when he came home too and we enjoyed them with a nice big salad. Another vegetarian meal here but these of course would make a great side for sausages or corned beef for your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Crack open a Guinness and your are celebrating the day. They are crispy good on the outside and creamy and soft on the inside. A perfect potato pancake and just like how I remembered them.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Enjoy!!

Potato Pancakes

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Potato Pancakes for St. Patrick's Day
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Irish
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Serves: 3
The perfect potato pancake
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup flour
  • Salt, pepper and powdered garlic to taste
  • Chives, optional
  • Canola oil for frying
  1. In a medium bowl mix together the mashed potatoes, egg, flour, salt, pepper, garlic and chives if using.
  2. Preheat a large skillet with 2-3 Tbsp. of canola or enough to give a even layer in the pan.
  3. Form the potato mixture into patties and fry them for a couple of minutes until they are golden brown. Turn over and fry them on the other side. Serve hot with a sprinkling of chives.

Recipe adapted from Food.com by Thomas Danier



  1. Charlie says


    I would like to ask if they are eggy tasting.

    When I make mine I leave out the egg, because I would rather taste the potato than the egg.

    I am willing though to try with the egg again, if you answer the question.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D

  2. Charlie says


    Thank you for answering so promptly!

    I will give these a try and let you know how I liked them.



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