Potato, Sweetcorn & Onion Cakes

Jun 17, 2021 | 6 comments

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This post was first written in June 2013 and updated in June 2021.

Delicious little lunchtime patties, if you aren’t at home, they could be eaten cold in a lunch box, or use the same ingredients to make a soup and take to work in a flask.

How To Make Potato, Sweetcorn and Onion Cakes

Peel, chop and saute the onion. If you aren’t using leftover mashed potato, peel, boil and mash them now. Combine the vegetables in a bowl. Season and mix very well. Taking a sixth of the mixture, fashion into a patty with your hands.

Place on one side. They are quite fragile at this stage, so be gentle

potato cakes - uncooked

Heat a frying pan and put a little oil in. When the oil is hot, add the patties to the pan and fry gently until golden brown on one side, then carefully turn them over and do the other side.

Meanwhile, grill the bacon to how you like it.

Serve with ketchup on the side and the peanuts sprinkled over, if using

Variations

Hash

You could make a hash with this by coarsely grating the raw potato, leave the peel on if you like. Squeeze as much water as you can out of the potato by using a clean tea towel, pile in the potato and squeeze. Combine the vegetables in a bowl, season and mix very well. Heat a pan with some oil in it. Put all the mixture in and cook very slowly until a thick golden crust has formed.

Put a plate on top of the pan and using a tea-towel to protect your hands, flip the pan over so the hash is on the plate, crust side up. Slide back into the pan and continue cooking until the second side is done and the potato is soft and cooked.

Serve with the bacon and ketchup as before, or for either version you could add the bacon into the patties/hash  before cooking

Soup

If you need a packed lunch, or as a change, simply put the onion, potato, sweetcorn and bacon in a saucepan and simmer gently for 20 minutes to make a soup. Blitz or not, as you like. Season with salt and pepper and a little ketchup.

Jacket potato

Bake a jacket potato and use everything else to make a filling

Oven wedges

Or cut the potatoes into wedges, no need to peel, toss with a little oil and seasoning and bake for about 45 minutes until crispy and brown. Fry the onions. Serve the wedges with the onion, sweetcorn on the side and the cooked bacon, with ketchup.

Other variations

Got some other vegetables that need using?

Try a bit of

  • chopped cabbage
  • grated swede
  • grated parsnip
  • grated carrots
  • a handful of peas or mange tout
  • a handful of edemame beans
  • some frozen mixed veg
  • 2 tblsps tomato puree

 

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potato cakes, with bacon & ketchup

Potato, Sweetcorn and Onion Cakes

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Servings: 2
Cost per portion 47p
Calories: 664kcal
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Ingredients

  • 500 g onion chopped
  • 700 g potato cooked and mashed
  • 100 g sweetcorn
  • 20 g flour for coating
  • handful salted peanuts optional
  • oil for cooking
  • 150 g bacon
  • ketchup

Instructions

  • Combine the vegetables in a bowl. Season and mix very well. Taking a sixth of the mixture, fashion into a patty with your hands.
  • Put the flour on a plate and coat each patty in a little of the flour,
    on both sides. Place on one side. They are quite fragile at this stage,
    so be gentle
  • Heat a frying pan and put a little oil in. When the oil is hot, add the
    patties to the pan and fry gently until golden brown on one side, then
    carefully turn them over and do the other side.
  • Meanwhile, grill the bacon to how you like it.
  • Serve with ketchup on the side

Notes

Makes 2 portions

Variations

You could make a rosti with this by coarsely grating the raw potato, leave the peel on if you like. Squeeze as much water as you can out of the potato. Use a clean tea towel, pile in the potato and squeeze. Combine the vegetables in a bowl, season and mix very well. Heat a pan with some oil in it. Put all the mixture in and cook very slowly until a thick golden crust has formed.
Put a plate on top of the pan and using a tea-towel to protect your hands, flip the pan over so the rosti is on the plate, crust side up. Slide back into the pan and continue cooking until the second side is done and the potato is soft and cooked.
Serve with the bacon and ketchup as before, or for either version you could add the bacon into the patties/rosti  before cooking
or you could make a soup using the same ingredients
Per serving, without the peanuts
Calories  647, Protein  28, Fat 18, Carbohydrate  98
Cost       47p per serving
These are from Meal Plan 1, a complete 7 day plan for 2 adults. Contains 3 meals a day, plus snacks , all recipes and a shopping list
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Potato, Sweetcorn and Onion Cakes
Amount per Serving
Calories
664
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
31
g
48
%
Saturated Fat
 
10
g
63
%
Cholesterol
 
50
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
542
mg
24
%
Potassium
 
2068
mg
59
%
Carbohydrates
 
78
g
26
%
Fiber
 
14
g
58
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
23
g
46
%
Vitamin A
 
159
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
61
mg
74
%
Calcium
 
163
mg
16
%
Iron
 
12
mg
67
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Thrifty Lesley

    Goodness – I can’t remember what I originally intended, so I’ve updated the post to say sprinkle them over the top

  2. Paul

    You don’t say what to do with the peanuts?

  3. Lesley

    Thanks for letting me know. I’ll see if the guys who look after the site for me have any suggestions

  4. ig

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera.

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet
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    Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Thanks

  5. Lesley

    When I did these, I cooked them very gently and slowly, which allowed the onion to cook through. It is up to you really, if you would like to cook the onion off a bit first, that would work too

  6. Jilly

    I wonder, do you need to soften the onions first? I think the onions would be crunchy and too raw by just incorporating into the spud and frying?

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