Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Now we all know I love a Sunday roast. I love them so much though that sometimes I go a bit overboard. Portion control is defiantly an issue here. I hate wasting food so with my left overs from this weekend I made these delicious potato cakes and all I needed was a bit of flour, breadcrumbs and an egg and Ta-Dah! Leftovers were transformed before my very eyes. Jamie Oliver would be so proud.

 Now there are no quantities in this recipe. Simply use whatever leftovers you have to create as many cakes as possible. You do however need to have the same proportion of potato to veg so if your low on roasties just wack a few more into a pan of boiling water until mashable to bulk up your patties.

What is good too is that all your cakes flavor should come from the herbs and spices you used to roast everything initially so if you use one of my One Shot roasts you can create an array of different flavoured cakes. I would taste the cakes before you make them into the patties though and if you do feel they are a bit bland then feel free to bumf up the flavor with some fresh herbs and spices.

Don't worry if you have no breadcrumbs either. The cakes are still delicious without them but the crispiness of the crumbs after frying adds an extra texture which really makes them pop. If you can find them, use crumbs which have herbs already added (or you can add your own) and you'll have a further injection of flavor on your cakes. It just goes to show how simple it is to really pack flavor into something so simple without having to buy tonnes additional ingredients.

I would also suggest that if you have a few spare pennies that you invest in a burger press. We got ours for under £5 online and it was great for not only squeezing out the last of the excess moisture from the cakes but it really packs the leftovers into tight equal sized patties. This will really help ensure that they don't break apart when you start to fry them. It's happened to me in the past but this time they came out perfect thanks to my little friend. If you do roll the cakes by hand, pack them tight and make sure they are all roughly the same size so that they cook evenly.

Follow the guide below and you too can turn those leftovers into a scrummy dinner time treat!

Sunday Roast Potato Cakes

Your Leftover Potatoes And Vegetables
1 Tbsp Butter
Salt And Pepper To Season
1 Beaten Egg

  1. Take your potatoes and veg and remove any moisture in a colander or with kitchen roll then transfer to a large pan on a medium heat. Add in the butter and heat everything through until the butter has melted and been soaked up into the potatoes and any excess moisture has fully evaporated.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Mash everything together until all the potatoes are completely mashed. If possible try and keep some little chunks of the veg in the mix so that you get different burst of texture and flavor in the finished cakes.
  3. Taste! This is your time to add any more herbs or spices if you feel the cakes need it then allow the mix to cool until you can handle it with ease.
  4. Make a little dipping station for yourself by placing the egg, flour and breadcrumbs in three separate plates.
  5. Add the potato mix into your burger press, push down and squeeze out any final moisture and to create your patties.Transfer them onto a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  6. One at a time, carefully dip one side of the patties into the flour, then the egg and then the breadcrumbs and repeat with the second side. Place the patties back onto the baking tray.
  7. Cover with film and place in the fridge for around 30 minutes to allow the cakes to firm up.
  8. Just before you take the patties out the fridge, heat up a pan with around 5mm depth of oil to a medium/high heat andpreheat your oven to 200 degrees (180 fan).
  9. Once your pan is heated, add in a patty and fry for 2-3 minutes until the crumbs are golden brown. Carefully flip the patty and repeat on the opposite side. Once done, remove from the pan and place onto kitchen roll to degrease before placing back on the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining patties.
  10. Once all the patties have been fried, place them in the oven on the baking tray and bake for around 15 minutes until warm right through.
Serve with any left over meat you may have from your roast too and pour over some gravy and you have a fantastic dinner that uses up all your leftovers. Or cook up some fresh treats such as the spicy bites we served them with last night

Remember the mantra: Love Food : Hate Waste!

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