I’ve rarely met a potato dish I didn’t like. However, I was never very happy with homemade potato cakes. There’s a slight difference between potato patties, latkes, hashbrowns, and pancakes. I’ve tried making them all and never been very happy with any…until America’s Test Kitchen came to the rescue.
Their idea was to NOT use leftover mashed potatoes because the consistency will vary from batch to batch – ranging from dry to mushy. Rather, use a recipe specifically developed for patties. Another brilliant idea was to coat the cakes with panko, which gives them a nice crunch without all the oil.
MASHED POTATO CAKES – makes 8 patties
- 2½ lbs russet potatoes
- 1 T + 3/4 tsp salt, divided
- 1 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
- 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 whole egg
- about 2 cups panko crumbs
- about 6 T vegetable oil for frying
- optional: toppings such as sour cream, ketchup, aioli sauce
Peel potatoes and cut into 1/4″ slices. Put into pot and add enough water to cover potatoes with 1″ water. Add in the 1 T salt. Bring to boil and cook 10 minutes. Drain, then return potatoes to pot or large bowl. Mash potatoes until smooth and let cool about 10 minutes.
Add the Parmesan, egg yolk, chives, 3/4 tsp salt, and pepper to the pot and mash all together. Let cool 1 hour. Form 8 3″ patties – they’ll each need about 1/2 cup’s worth of potatoes. Make sure to press the patties together firmly so they don’t fall apart. Beat the whole egg with a fork and pour onto a plate. Pour the panko onto another plate. Dip each pattie on both sides into the egg, followed by the panko. Set all the patties aside for 5 minutes before frying.
Preheat oven to 200º Fahrenheit oven.
Heat 3 T oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet and place 4 of the patties. Fry until bottom is golden brown (about 3 minutes), then flip and fry until golden brown. Place on a cookie sheet and keep warm in the 200º F oven. Cook the remaining 4 patties in the same manner. Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven until ready to eat.