I’ve made versions of these ‘cakes’ or ‘patties’ with both summer and winter squash, carrots, beets and just about anything else I could shred but for some reason I never used the most logical choice: potatoes.
I have now corrected that error.
In the interest of full disclosure (one has to be so careful these days….) I have made Mashed Potato Cakes and Potato Feta Cakes and other variations often but I have always cooked and mashed the potatoes first.
This is easier and can be done on a whim.
As always, chez nous: we think easy is best.
Shredded Potato Cakes
Total time: 35 minutes
- 2 medium potatoes, shredded on the smaller holes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
- 4 tbs Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tbs olive oil
- In medium bowl lightly beat egg, add mustard, Parmesan, paprika and mix well.
- Add potatoes and mix well.
- Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat with 1 tbs oil.
- Divide mixture into 4ths and spoon each 4th into pan, shaping into patty and patting down lightly.
- Sauté 10 – 12 minutes, or until lightly browned. Turn and fry other side the same.
- When brown, remove and serve. A little freshly ground pepper and sea salt on top is a nice touch.
I am not a hoarder…. but I do have great difficulty in getting rid of some things.
Specifically, I have a very hard time getting rid of clothes – and shoes.
Part of it is that if one waits long enough styles come around again. I have a pair of strappy, wedge sandals that have been in and out of style 3 times in the 25 years that I’ve owned them.
Now they’re ‘vintage’.
The other part is that I used to buy expensive clothes. I worked, I could afford it and it was expected that I be well-dressed. (I mean Neiman Marcus expensive, not Chanel expensive.)
None of that is true anymore. One does not wear a suit and heels to hoe.
Here is the conundrum: I don’t wear it and I don’t need it but if I ever did want it I wouldn’t spend the money to replace it so why not just keep it.
Did I mention I’m spending this cold, rainy weekend cleaning closets?
An example: I have this gorgeous baby alpaca sweater.
I haven’t worn it in years. It has shoulder pads (Yes, I’ve had it that long….) that make me look like a line-backer and without the pads the shoulders are at my elbow….
But it was expensive and I really loved it once upon a time. Every year I take it out, look at it, then put it back..
There are more examples but you get the idea.
I go through this every year and, after agonizing over every item, I end up making a deal with myself (I’m good at compromising with me.)
I put everything I should get rid of in a pile. I can keep half of it if I get rid of half.
Every year the pile is smaller….
Tomorrow the half goes in a bag to the charity shop.
As to that gorgeous but seriously out-of-style baby alpaca sweater? I’m told that it will be taken apart by people who know what they’re doing and the yarn re-used. Basically, anything I donate that is not wanted as is will be taken apart, cut down, re-used, etc.
I try not to think about that….
I’m keeping the shoes.