Mountain Mama's Potato Pancakes Recipe -
Mountain Mama's Potato Pancakes Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Mountain Mama's Potato Pancakes

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"Using instant potato flakes and an instant pancake mix for my starter, I'm always ready for my B-and-B guests. Works great if you're cooking for 2 or 20. Great by themselves -- or top with bacon, poached egg, and cheese (we like applesauce on the side, also.) Great finger food, just fold it over a slice of cheese or bacon. "

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Original recipe makes 8 pancakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    25 mins


  1. Stir together the potato flakes, pancake mix, onion, Cheddar cheese, milk, egg, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Grease a griddle or large skillet, and place over medium heat. Drop pancakes, 1/4 cup at a time, onto the hot griddle, and cook until the edges look dry and 1 bubble appears in the center, about 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes, and cook until browned on the other side, about 3 more minutes.
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  • Cook's Note
  • I like to make a "starter mix." After buying the boxes of instant potatoes and complete pancake mix, why not use them all? I combine 2 cups potatoes and 1 cup pancake mix in a large bowl. Then I continue this ratio until all of the flakes are gone. Store this starter mix in an airtight container. Then just scoop out the amount needed.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 19, 2010

This was quick and easy, but more importantly it was really good. I used buckwheat pancake mix and 1 1/2 tsp of dried onions since that is what I had. I will definitely make these again. Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2010

I must have done wrong, because all they were but pancakes. The taste was good, though. Only, my kids said they resembled more mashed potatoes with cheese tossed about in a skillet than pancakes: and in fact I wonder how you coul wrap 'em around anything, seeing my result.

Feb 20, 2012

We LOVE these pancakes! There was definitely a learning curve to cooking them as the thick texture of the batter makes them cook faster on the outside than the inside. Really simple, delicious potato pancakes.

Jun 21, 2010

I love potato pancakes but don't always have time for the traditional recipe. This one is very easy and has a good taste. I minced rather than chop the onion. If you need a quick side dish I would recommend these. Try adding some fresh herbs. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 06, 2010

These were great! I added some celery salt & dillweed. We never manage to have leftover mashed potatoes & we don't care for instant, but these turned out great we will be making these often.

Feb 27, 2012

I made a few alterations. I don't like cheese and my husband doesn't like 1/4 dry pancake mix 3/4 instant potatoes 1 cup 2% milk 1 egg beaten 1/2 tsp. garlic salt 1/2 tsp. onion powder salt and pepper to taste I let it sit to long and it got thick so I just added a little more milk to make it the right texture. I added 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil to the pan. They were perfect!! Brought back memories of childhood. Thanks for the recipe!!!

Jan 23, 2012

This is a great potato pancake. I wanted it to be less pancake and more potato so I added more "flavor" with scallions instead of onions, more garlic salt & pepper.

Jun 04, 2011

Yum, these are delicious. Perfect with a green salad, a dollop of sour cream or baked beans.


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  • Calories
  • 131 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 7.3 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 180 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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