To make potatoe cakes you use left-over mashed potatoes.
If you make the origional mashed potatoes rich, smooth and creamy, the cakes will not hold their shape as well.
I have best results mashing with a fork or potatoe masher and adding a small amount of milk and butter.
Just form the cold mashed potatoes into cakes and fry in butter or olive oil
When crisp, turn and add cheese if desired
Try adding onions, minced garlic, chives, or grated cheese to the cakes before frying.
Serve with a spoon of sour cream on top.
An egg and flour can also be added.
IRISH POTATOE CAKES
3 lbs. boiled and cooled potatoes
grate or mash pototoes
3/4c. flour (more if needed to form a stiff dough)
1 tsp. baking powder
dash of salt
mix with your hands
roll out dough 1/2"- 3/4" thick with a rolling pin and cut into circles
Fry on a hot griddle.
Serve with a fancy cream cheese topped with smoked salmon
or sliced tomatoe