Loaded Potato Pancakes


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The name says it all – Loaded Potato Pancakes have all the classic fixins’ of bacon, cheese, butter, and scallions (or chives) folded right inside.  Topped with a dollop of sour cream, they’re easy and fun – a tasty twist on a classic.

These loaded potato pancakes are good.  Really good.

But first, a word on Bangkok.  I never know how much of this news filters through around the world, but Bangkok has been in quite a strange state lately.  Without going into the details, we’re now in day 12 of anti-government protests that have blocked traffic at seven big intersections in the center of the city and have disrupted all sorts of other activities around town.  The protests have been peaceful, and I pray that they stay that way.

Bangkok Protests Jan 2014

Thanks to public transportation, it’s been mostly business as usual for me and all is well (unless you count this whole 24 weeks pregnant and living within audible distance of one late-night protest site thing…but that’s what we get for living downtown).

Bangkok Protests Jan 2014

Now about the pancakes…

potatoes with cheese, bacon and scallions

Potato pancakes are a Frank favorite.  And his mom makes the best, super crispy, soft on the inside version after most holidays that neither Frank or I can ever accurately recreate ourselves.  So rather than trying to recreate with the perfection of the original, I tried a new take that was inspired by the now out-of-print Paradise Cafe Cookbook (with recipes from the now-closed Paradise Cafe in Lawrence, Kansas).  It’s worth noting that the cookbook was also the original source for this little blog’s most popular recipe of 2013 – Light and Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes.

Baked potatoes were one of the only food I wanted in the first weeks of my pregnancy, and, after a long break, I was so happy to be mashing some up for this recipe.

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Loaded Potato Pancakes

The name says it all - these pancakes have all the classic fixins' of bacon, cheese, butter, and scallions (or chives) folded right inside.  Topped with a dollop of sour cream, they're easy and fun - a tasty twist on a classic.
Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Large Skillet


For the Pancakes:

  • 2 lbs Russet Potatoes, boiled until very soft
  • 2 Tbsp Salted Butter, softened
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/4 cup Scallions / Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 strips Cooked Crispy Bacon, roughly chopped
  • 3 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 2-3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

For Topping:

  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions
  • Bacon


  • Mash the potatoes (skin on or off - your choice) with the butter, salt and pepper. Allow to cool before adding other ingredients. When cool, stir in egg yolk, green onions, bacon, and cheese. The mixture can be refrigerated for up to 3 days at this point.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil and heat until shimmering. Using about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture for each pancake, shape into a patty and fry, turning once until golden brown on both sides. (Note: if the pancakes won't stay together while cooking, stir all purpose flour into the mixture 2 teaspoons at a time until it becomes firm.)
  • Serve immediately with sour cream, green onions, and bacon.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00
Keyword: family friendly, leftover mashed potatoes, potatoes
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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. I love potato pancakes! But haven’t made any, weirdly. Thanks for the recipe. I’m now following your blog too 🙂

  2. These are my favorite, seriously. We used to visit a breakfast place when I was a kid and I would always order potato pancakes. I love that you used massed and not grated potatoes!!!

  3. Oh potatoes … I love them. My husband loves potato pancakes too – but I actually don’t think I’ve ever made them! Stay safe over there!

  4. Yum Jess these look wonderful!
    I was totally the same. I can’t tell you how much potato I ate in the first trimester. I would say close to my weight!

  5. This looks so good! I’ll bet an over easy egg laying on top with the yolk broke oozing all over would be heavenly. Sounds like breakfast to me. Thanks!

  6. Jess, this is brilliant to load the pancakes–love this idea! They look fantastic. Praying all stays safe in Bangkok!

    1. You always have such amazing, unique cookbook finds, Brenda! You inspire me to seek out more unusual cookbooks – sometimes you discover such amazing things in them.

  7. Thank you, Jessie, for the nice recipe. I hope things stay peaceful there. Be careful and observant. Have Happy Weekend.