Bacon Cheddar Potato Pancakes | Nik Snacks

Bacon and cheddar is a classic pairing but when you add them to potato pancakes, it becomes a trio worth making time for. Potato pancakes are usually served with sour cream or applesauce, but the Dijon mustard and pure maple syrup combo is my favorite part. 

The outsides of each pancake are crispy and buttery while the interiors are soft, fluffy and accented with bits of smoky, savory bacon and crisp onion. 

You're running late. You've got soccer-ballet-flute-choral practice and you don't have much time to put anything resembling dinner together. Well, I've got you covered with this easy, super simple meal idea. 

Use leftovers or create from scratch. Either way, this recipe is very easy to whip up as part of a weeknight supper or a weekend project with the kids. 

I originally created this recipe over six years ago. I looked at the previous photos and the simple recipe and decided it needed a refresh and revamp for 2021.

Bacon Cheddar Potato Pancakes with Dijon Maple Syrup

Bacon Cheddar Potato Pancakes with Dijon Maple Syrup

Yield: 20 4-inch pancakes
Author: Nikki Miller-Ka of Nik Snacks
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 HourInactive time: 5 MinTotal time: 1 H & 15 M
Use leftover potatoes or fresh to make these easy, tasty pancakes for breakfast or for dinner. The Dijon maple syrup gives you the best of both sweet and savory worlds.


Potato Pancakes
  • 4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup white onions, finely chopped8 strips of bacon, cut into lardons
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted1 bunch green onions, sliced (for garnish)
Dijon Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Pure maple syrup1/4 cup Dijon mustard


Potato Pancakes
  1. Mix the mashed potatoes, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, butter, egg and sharp cheddar cheese together in a large  bowl.
  2. Heat a large pan or skillet to medium-high heat and melt 2 Tablespoons of butter.Saute bacon and onions for 5-7 minutes until onions become translucent and bacon begins to crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool. Add to potato mixture 
  3. Use the remainder of the butter and bacon grease to cook the pancakes. Scoop 1/4 cup batter per pancake into the pan..
  4. Cook each pancake until you start to see edges browning on the sides. Flip each pancake over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side (or until the outside is golden brown). Repeat for each pancake until the batter is gone. Season with salt and garnish with green onions. Serve with Dijon Maple Syrup.
Dijon Maple Syrup
  1. Stir together mustard and syrup until well-combined.


NOTE: Use instant potatoes and pre-cooked bacon to make the pancakes come together faster. For additional flavor, cook your own bacon and then cook the pancakes in the bacon grease.



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Nikki Miller-Ka

Nikki Miller-Ka

Ms. Miller-Ka is a classically trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami.

Formerly, she’s worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger for various publications and outlets in the Southeast. She has also worked as a catering chef, a pastry chef, a butcher, a baker, and a biscuit-maker. Presently, she is a food editor, freelance food writer, and a tour guide for Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours.

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  1. Love this quick recipe for getting dinner on the table in a flash!!

  2. Dijon & maple are meant to be together! Yum! Love your quick breakfast for dinner recipe!

  3. I adore making patties with leftover mashed potatoes. The maple syrup and Dijon addition put these over the top!

  4. I've never made savory pancakes before, but these look amazing!

  5. Such a fun Weekday Supper! My girls (and hubby) would love this!

  6. There would be no complaints if I served this up for dinner! What a wonderful, quick meal!!!

  7. Oh my my my! That is one awesome supper!!

  8. I love having breakfast-y type foods for dinner! This looks fantastic!

  9. I *always* make extra mashed potatoes to make potato pancakes the next day. I'm intrigued by your dijon maple sauce. I'll definitely be trying that next time.

  10. This dish looks fantastic Nik! This is great for a busy weeknight dinner :)

  11. These little potato pancakes look lovely!

  12. Ohmygoodness, Nikki, just reading the name of this recipe made my mouth water! I just used up some leftover mashed potatoes -- shoot!


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