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Tastes of home part seven - Potato cakes

By March 17, 2016 , , ,

I always remember potato cakes growing up, it was something my mother made with whatever potatoes were leftover after Sunday lunch and made for an easy tea time snack. 
The recipe itself is very simple and a good way of using up leftover mash, boiled or roast potatoes that you may have. You can also add scallions or wild garlic to the recipe for that little bit extra. You can't get more traditional than potato cakes. Now you might be surprised to hear that I don't really cook that much with spuds these days, but on the occasions that I do, sometimes I will end up with leftovers, especially when it comes to mash.

500g potatoes boiled and put through a ricer or leftover mash
10g melted butter
100g plain flour and an additional 50g to flour the work surface for forming the cakes
1 egg beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil or butter for frying

Mix the potatoes, butter, flour and egg together till it forms a stiff mixture
Season with salt and pepper
The mixture might be quite sticky so I would advise flouring your hands and the surface when you come to form the cakes
You can form either rounds, squares or triangles, I would advise not making the cakes too thick
Place the cakes into the fridge for an hour or so to firm up before cooking
Cook on a pan on a high heat for 2-3 mins each side and until both sides are golden brown

I like to serve these with my home smoked salmon with some sour cream and dill

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  1. This is such a great recipe and would be perfect for our Inheritance Recipes link-up.