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45 mins

Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking
Makes 8 potato cakes

prepare ahead
can be made up to 2 days ahead and
reheated in a hot oven to serve. if cooking
for a large number of people, fry in the
morning, arrange on a baking sheet and
reheat in a hot oven when needed.

the potato cakes freeze well uncooked
– layer between greaseproof paper and
wrap well.

Posted by Ebury Publishing Published See Ebury Publishing's 80 projects » © 2023 Mary Berry / Ebury Press · Reproduced with permission. · Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking by Mary Berry, with photography by Georgia Glynn Smith (BBC Books, £25)
  • Step 1

    Place the potatoes in a saucepan of salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well (see tip), then add the butter, season with salt and pepper and mash together.

  • Step 2

    Cook the cabbage in boiling salted water for 5–6 minutes or until tender. Drain and refresh in cold water. Drain again and use your hands to squeeze out any excess water. Add the cooked cabbage and mashed potato to a large bowl.

  • Step 3

    Add the cheese and mustard to the bowl and mix well. Shape, using your hands, into eight even-sized cakes. Tip the flour on to a plate and dip each potato cake into the flour to coat both sides, tapping off any excess.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the potato cakes over a high heat for 2–3 minutes on each side, until golden and piping hot. Serve each one topped with a fried egg, if you like, for a light supper.

    Mary’s foolproof tip
    Make sure the potatoes and cabbage are really well drained of excess water, as wet potato cakes will cause lots of spitting in the hot frying pan.

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