Some fried mashed potatoes recipes include mashed potato cakes from the Food Network's show "Sara's Secrets," Fried Mashed Potato Balls from Taste of Home and Parmesan Mashed Potato Pancakes from Martha Stewart. These recipes are a great ways to use up leftover mashed potatoes, suggests the Food Network.
To make the Food Network's Mashed Potato Cakes, form thick patties with chilled mashed potatoes, then coat the patties in a mixture of flour, salt and black pepper before setting them in heated olive oil and butter. Fry the potato patties until one side is browned, and then flip the patties until the outside of each is crisp while the inside is soft.
To make the fried mashed potato balls, let the potatoes reach room temperature, then stir in cheese, onions, eggs and bacon bits, if desired. Shape the potatoes into balls and roll them in breadcrumbs before frying them. Once heated through, let the balls drain and cool slightly before serving.
To make Martha Stewart's Parmesan Mashed Potato Pancakes, heat vegetable oil in a pan and mix mashed potatoes with eggs, and Parmesan cheese. Add salt and black pepper to the mashed potatoes, then heat spoonfuls into crisp patties in the pan with olive oil. The patties should take about 3 minutes per side to become crisp.