Friday, June 20, 2008

Potato Cakes

My family is from the south. I was born and reared in the south. My husband comes from a family of mid-west farmers - but not to fret, he came to the south as soon as he could get here. Many northerners often don't understand why so many folks love the south. I can tell them why - the food. Yep! It's as simple as that. Southern food is like nothing else on this earth. When one eats it, it's like eating bites of heaven. Just ask AB. The one thing he absolutely LOVES about coming home for a visit is the food. And he knows I'll cook from dawn to dusk to satisfy his cravings for southern cooking. Potato cakes are not only one of my family's all time favorite southern dishes, they are also very economical and easy to make. Here's the recipe: 3-4 c. cold left over mashed potatoes
1 c. kernel corn, frozen or cut from the cob
1 lg. green onion, diced
2 c. cheese, grated (any flavor)
1 c. all-purpose flour
salt & pepper to taste

Using your hands mix all ingredients well, like you would for hamburger patties.

Form handfuls of potato mixture into balls and shape into patties. Fry in butter, bacon grease, lard or olive oil until golden on one side, flip and continue cooking until other side is also golden. (For an authentic southern flavor, use bacon grease and fry in a cast iron skillet. Yes, cast iron does make a difference in the flavor).
Makes 8-10 potato cakes. Serve as a side dish or add a salad for a light meal. Variation: add 1 c. diced ham or 1/2 c. crumbled bacon.


  1. Oh these look yum! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I might make these to go with my Black bean crockpot meal tonight.


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