Irish Potato Cakes

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
20 min

Level:
Easy

Directions

Combine 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, a heaping 1/3 cup flour, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 tablespoon chopped mixed herbs in a bowl; knead until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 balls on a floured surface and flatten each into a 3-inch patty. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add the patties and cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side, adding more butter to the pan as needed. Season with salt.

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    I WOULD ADD BISQUICK AND FRESH CHIVES,1 EGG, LITTLE WATER AND FRY IN BACON GREASE. FANTASTIC. TEXTURE MUST BE NOT ROCK FIRM.
    First time making it. Was fairly good. I added caramelized onions into mine.Which I thought was an amazing addition. Did have kind of a flour taste to it though.
    I make mine similar to these but add an egg and onion granules. My mashed potatoes are quite thick in general so I think the person who had problems with the thickness of the potatoes must make theirs more like a gruel, like you see on Food Network TV sometimes. I don't knead mine or roll pat them down; the pancake mixture isn't dry enough after I add the egg, so I put them into the pan with the spoon. They come out more rustic, but still yummy.
    I hate to add flour to potato cakes because of the uncooked flour taste. I add an egg to get that crispy brown crust. Kneading? Are you kidding me? Spoon the batter onto a hot skillet.
    I have been making left over mashed potatoes cakes for years and also had them as a child. This seems to over complicate a simple dish. Just make mashed potatoes to your liking, chill the leftovers. Then make the cakes, roll in flour or panko and fry in a small amount of peanut oil about 4 min. A side until golden. Sometimes I mix in a small can of salmon.
    We were not impressed with the results. It was tricky and messy to make and came out a little bit bland. Next time, I'll go heavier on the herbs and my husband suggested that if served with a gravy he may enjoy it better. Probably will stick with mashed potatoes from now on though.
    This was a huge disappointment for us. I used italian seasoning in place of the mixed herbs but just sprinkled it on. The potatoes tasted great that way so thanks for that tip. However when adding flour the texture of the potatoes had no change at all, still just mashed potatoes. So I tried adding more but it was never enough. We ended up spooning it into the pan like you do pancakes. They took forever to brown even after turning up the heat. Then once done we could only stomach 1 or 2 before they were in the trash. The potatoes were the perfect consistancy to make patties BEFORE we added the milk and flour so maybe just skip those steps or make the patties first then dip in flour to help brown in the butter. We used LOTS of butter too, without the butter they wouldnt brown so we had to put butter in with each batch and then when turning over. Never again!
    have been making for years! Add alittle onion powder & parm. cheese. Great W/eggs (ie:homefries
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