These Air Fryer Potato Cakes could not be easier to make. They are perfect for holiday leftovers and kids love them. There are also a bunch of easy ways to customize these fun favorites!
Ways to Customize Air Fryer Potato Cakes
The base recipe for these air fryer potato cakes is included in the recipe, but don’t let that limit you! There are may great swaps and additions you can utilize to make these potato cakes into your new favorite side dish:
Mashed Potatoes: You can use whatever type of leftover mashed potatoes you have available or prefer. You will want to make sure they are chilled whatever type you use, but any leftover potatoes would be great. That may include instant mashed potatoes, homemade mashed potatoes, semi-chunky mashed potatoes.
Cheese: I made the basic recipe with shredded sharp cheddar as that is my favorite for these potato cakes; however mozzarella, colby, pepper jack, swiss or bleu cheese would all be great alternatives.
Add-Ins: You can really add whatever you would like here you will just want to ensure that the pieces are small so your air fryer potato cakes don’t fall apart. Things like finely chopped broccoli, peppers, shallots, ham or bacon would all be great additions to these potato cakes.
How to Make Air Fryer Potato Cakes:
Begin by making sure your mashed potatoes are chilled. These cakes will not hold together with warm mashed potatoes.
Next stir through the cheese and gently scoop. Form into patties using your hands. Line the basket of an air fryer with air fryer parchment paper (this is the perforated kind that will allow your potato cakes to cook and not scorch in the air fryer).
Air Fry for 8 minutes on the first side. Allow to cook for a few minutes to make the air fryer potatoes cakes able to be flipped, flip, and repeat on the opposite side, spraying both sides lightly with olive oil spray until lightly golden on both sides.
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