Oat-crusted potato cakes with bacon

This is an ideal dish for using up any leftover mashed potato


Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1kg/21⁄4lb floury potatoes, such as King Edward, diced
  • 50g/2oz wholemeal flour
  • 75g/3oz porridge oats
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Rapeseed oil for shallow frying
  • 8 rashers smoked back bacon


Cook the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water for 10-15 minutes, until tender. Drain, return to the pan and mash, then allow to cool slightly.

Stir in the flour and 50g/2oz of the oats. Season well then shape the mixture into 8 round potato cakes. Coat in the remaining 25g/1oz oats. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the potato cakes, 4 at a time, and fry for 2 minutes on each side.

Meanwhile, grill the rashers of bacon. Arrange the potato cakes on 4 warm plates, top with the rashers of bacon and serve straight away, with roasted vine-ripened tomatoes, if liked.

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