Shredded Potato Cakes; rainy day cleaning

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

Shredded Potato Cakes


  • 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.

Print Recipe

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.

Circular logic.

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.

Last update on November 12, 2017

14 thoughts on “Shredded Potato Cakes; rainy day cleaning”

  1. One can never have too many shoes. I’ve seen some very lovely things on Ravelry made from reclaimed yarn – think of it as giving the sweater a second life. 🙂

  2. Why not find someone who knows what they are doing and get them to alter the alpaca sweater for YOU?
    yummy looking potatoes. you ever cook in a pressure cooker? The rage here lately is the Instant Pot Programmable pressure cooker. I admit I got one. so Far I have loved making yogurt in it. lol! The Pot roast was good, the red beans were good, the soft boiled eggs were perfect ( stove top is a pain and I hadn’t had a soft boiled egg in decades) The Cornish game hens were AWESOME! It’s a fun little tool that frees me up to do other things even if it doesn’t save time. It does save dishes and doesn’t make my kitchen hot. Still learning it’s functions but its fun.

    • I’ve decided to tackle it myself… why? why not. I do have a pressure cooker but rarely use it. Too much pressure! I like the slow cooker – dump in the food and forget it. The pressure cooker requires attention. But the Instant Pot…. Don’t tempt me. Okay, I’m tempted…. I could make yogurt!

      • love love love the yogurt I make in my Instant pot…I do what is called the cold start method so it is literally dump stir hit the yogurt button and walk away

  3. I have to go through my closet again hopefully between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I need to change the configuration of the hang/drawer/shelving system. Husband wasn’t thinking about closing the door when he installed the system and the hangars stick out into the doorway. *sigh* Anyway…I do the same thing you do with clothes. When I was working still, I also bought expensive clothing. I still have a beautiful navy blue silk suit that I may never wear again, but I just can’t let it go.

    Your potato recipe is very similar to my gran’s potato pancakes, but no mustard. Rather, she grated onion in them. I still love them.

    • After this last purge I’m down to 2 knit suits (skirt, sweater, cardigan jacket) which I keep because I think I MIGHT wear them, although I haven’t. All the ‘proper’ suits are gone. But it wasn’t easy. I’d keep the silk. Sometimes even handy husbands can forget the most obvious things lol

  4. J’adore shredded potato cakes! I can never decide if I like them better with a bit of plain yoghurt or with apple sauce or just plain. Nice dilemma to have, isn’t it?

    Why is it that we can’t give up our old friends? I have a pair of dress shoes (expensive) that have been in and out of style 3 times now. But they have such high heels that I can’t even think about putting them on, let alone walk even two steps in them. And yet, I cannot bring myself to give them away.

    I’ve also held onto some proper suits that will never ever fit me again (unless I become anorexic – which is highly unlikely). I MUST take a leaf out of your book. (Maybe tomorrow….)

    • I took to bags to the clothing depot – and could have taken more but I have to be patient with me. You might be able to wear the shoes to a fancy dinner where you don’t have to walk far, or go up steps,,, or stand. Yes, I have a pair of those as well lol

  5. Tried these and liked them a lot. And to my delight, since I don’t eat all that much any more, they’re also quite good reheated. Thanks, Kate!

    And I too have a secret stash of clothes and shoes I’ll probably never wear again and can’t bring myself to give up. 🙂

Comments are closed.

Share via
Copy link