Do you know, I very nearly called this post Potato Cakes (I Just Don’t Know Know) but had I typed that out, the song Baby Cakes would enter my head. Should this happen, the only reasonable course of action would have been to step outside, nip into our garden shed, tip the lawn mower on its side, douse myself in the petrol that runs out and set myself on fire because I ABSOLUTELY HATE THAT SONG. I hate it! Not just in a ho-ho-how-silly way like most people hated on that Crazy Frog song but in a ‘whoops, there goes the skin on my back, cascading over my skull as I cringe in on myself like an alarmed tortoise’ fashion.
You know what’s the real icing on this particular shitcake though?
The stupid head-bobbing action of the frosted-tipped Matalan-shirted, pouting primadonna on the right, pursing his lips throughout the whole thing. You’ve got no idea what black, boiling rage he stirs up inside me. Everyone has their Moriarty – I didn’t expect mine to be dressed like an fired ice-cream salesman.
Anyway, that’s all entirely by the by – I have every intention of this post being a quick recipe post, so let’s get straight to it. I happened across this recipe in a book by Antonio Carluccio – naturally his recipe calls for all sorts of butters and cheese so we’ve had to dial it back, but this is still a bloody taster dinner or, even better, leftovers-the-next-day meal. It sounds interesting, but honestly, make it and you’ll never look back. I do like Antonio Carluccio and it’s-sad-that-he’s-died-isn’t-it-mate – I love men with those big bushy eyebrows. I feel he’s what I’ll eventually end up looking like, although my eyebrows are already doing that awful thing where a couple of hairs on each side branch out looking for independence from the rest, pointing straight out in front of me just enough to get in my field of vision. Bastards.
The cheesy potato cake then. This is a load of carbs and cheese, but listen, that’s OK sometimes. Sometimes you need something heavy to sit on your stomach, and I’m not always available. This serves six very generously, so don’t balk at the amount of cheese. Trust me: I shagged a doctor once.
to make a cheesy potato cake, you’re going to need:
- about 900g of potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed – or use leftover mash
- 200g of mozzarella – we actually used a smoked mozzarella from Tesco called Scamorza, which was tasty, but any will do (4 x HEA)
- 80g of extra mature lighter cheese (2 x HEA)
- I used about 250g of chopped wafer ham, but you could use bacon, boiled ham, chicken, anything you want
- three eggs
- a good pinch of salt and pepper
- a bag of rocket, chopped nice and fine – use spinach if you want
- one whole leek
top tips for a perfect cheesy potato cake
- this is a good recipe if you’re making the creamy green veg medley that I posted yesterday – any leftover leek, chuck it in here
- this recipe isn’t an exact science by any stretch – you can add anything you like into this – think of it as a ‘leftovers’ cake
- get a potato ricer, for the love of God – mashing potatoes is a ballache and you invariably end up with lumpy mash – not with a ricer. Pop the cooked potato in, push it through and you’ll have perfect creamy mash (oh, and if you want to be super fancy, throw in an egg when you beat the mash together – lovely)! You can pick up a ricer from Amazon for just over a tenner and it really will change your life
- we topped our cake with 25g of panko (dried breadcrumbs) (4.5 syns) for a bit of crunch – I’m trying to re-use ingredients in our recipes so you’re not left with any waste! You could just blitz a breadbun but honestly, worth getting some panko – most major supermarkets stock it
- if you’re not planning on getting intercourse for a week, you could roast a whole garlic bulb and mash that in with the potato – oh I say!
- the cheese is the thing that’ll make this dish – go for strong, bold flavours – trust me
to make a cheesy potato cake, you should:
- if you haven’t already, peel, boil and mash your potatoes (preferably using a ricer, but I won’t shit the bed if you want to do it by hand)
- heat the oven up to 185 degrees and get a cake tin out of the cupboard, lamenting that you’re not making something with butter, flour and sugar – I know babes, fkn snakes the lot of them
- chopped up your cheese into little tiny cubes, chop up the ham into rags, chop up the rocket, thinly slice that leek – throw all of this into the pan with the mash, add the three eggs, a really good pinch of salt and pepper and stir
- stir it like buggery! Stir it with all your might!
- slop it into the cake tin with all the style and grace you’d ordinarily reserve for a crap behind your car door by the side of the road
- smooth out the top, coat with breadcrumbs if you want, add more grated cheese if you dare
- cook for a good forty minutes – though watch the top doesn’t burn
- once it’s solid (it’ll not be rock solid when it’s hot mind, so use your common sense) take out of the oven and allow to cool
- once cool, slice and serve – and this is lovely the next day
We just served ours with a simple green salad and Dynorod on standby to handle the inevitable carb-drop.
Want more lunch ideas? Goodness me, you’re keen, but here we go:
- cheese and onion pasties (syn-free)
- creamy cool cucumber (syn free)
- creamy garlic mushroom pasta (syn free)
- proper carbonara (syn free)
- flicked bean chilli (syn free)