In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. (Mixture should be fluffy, but not too sticky.)
Shape potato mixture into twelve 4-inch patties (about 1/4 inch thick).
Grease and preheat a griddle.** Cook patties over medium-low heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until patties are brown and warm on top. Turn and cook the patties for 4 to 5 minutes more or until brown. Keep warm in a 300 degree F oven while cooking remaining potato patties.
Serve warm. Makes 12 patties (6 servings).
For crispier potato patties, fry them in a skillet in more shortening or cooking oil.
For mashed potatoes, peel and cut up 2 to 2-1/2 pounds potatoes. Cook in boiling, lightly salted water until tender. Drain and mash. Measure 4 cups and cool before mixing and shaping.