Potato Cake

When given the opportunity, people would tend to prefer different kinds of food to try every now and then. Although there are a multitude of food options around us every day, sometimes they feel limited and boring and that would lead us to trying out something new in our own kitchens. Aside from trying to cook up something different, it is also better if we could do so while using ingredients that aren’t too complex to prepare.

A Potato Cake may be the solution when you are craving for something else to eat. The term “Potato Cake” varies depending on your location. In the United States, Potato Cakes often refer to a patty of hashed potatoes, something that is very similar to hash brown. It is very practical to get since it is available pre-made and frozen in supermarkets. Down in the southern U.S., Potato Cakes refer to Potato Pancakes. On the other hand, the term “Potato Pancakes” in the United Kingdom refers to a cake which is typically eaten raw – basically something that is far from a hash brown.

Deep fried Potato Cakes in Australia are usually sold in fish and chip shops and takeaway food shops and stalls. Potato cakes in New South Wales are referred to as Potato Scallops. However, across the Southern states of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, the term “potato cakes” is used. In Western Australia and in Queensland, they are referred to as Potato Scallop and Potato Fritter, respectively.

Here is a Potato Cake recipe to help you make your own.

Ingredients needed:

  • Cooled and mashed potatoes
  • Roughly half of a very large onion (grated)
  • Cheese (grated)
  • One egg (lightly beaten)
  • Salt and pepper added to own taste
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • Butter for frying

Steps:

  1. Remove all your jewelry and thoroughly wash your hands. Hygiene comes first.
  2. Mash the cooled potatoes, preferably with a fork, until no more large bits of potatoes are left.
  3. Grate the onion into fine pieces. Wash the grater and grate the cheese next.
  4. Add the grated onion and cheese to the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle your desired amount of salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour the beaten egg into the mix to bind the whole mixture together. Mix well.
  6. Wash your hands thoroughly and don’t dry them completely so that the dough won’t stick to your hands. After this, scoop a small amount of the dough into your hand then form it into a ball shape and flatten. Dust it with a bit of plain flour and place on a plate.
  7. Repeat step 6 until you use up all of the dough that you prepared.
  8. Melt some butter in your frying pan and gently place the potato cakes into the pan. Fry it until it is golden brown. Turn it over to cook the other side.
  9. Serve and enjoy.