Bacon and Potato Cakes

Bacon and Potato Cakes

Bacon and Potato Cakes


Total Time: approx. 1 hr 30 mins     Prep Time: Approx 1 hr       Cooking Time: approx. 30 mins    Serves 4  



Chopping board

Sharp chopping knife

Wooden spoon

Large frying pan

Large mixing bowl

Pan with lid to boil potatoes

Masher for potatoes

Large baking tray

Large plate

Wide spatula or fish slice to lift out of pan




Bacon, spring onion and mashed potato cakes

600g floury potatoes, peeled, cut into pieces

6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, roughly chopped

40g butter or olive oil

4 spring onions, finely chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1-2 tbsp plain flour, for dusting

2 tbsp olive oil




  • Bacon and mashed potato cakes: place the potatoes into a pan of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender


  • Heat a frying pan until hot, add the chopped bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bacon is golden-brown and crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper


  • Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Place the pan over the heat for a few seconds to drive off any excess moisture. Mash the potatoes in a bowl and add the butter or olive oil


  • Beat the potato mixture with a wooden spoon until well combined, then add the spring onions and cooked, chopped bacon and mix until well combined. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Using your hands, form the mashed potato mixture into four equal-sized patties, then set aside to cool. When completely cool, place the patties into the fridge for 30-45 minutes to chill and set


  • Potato cakes: when the potato cakes have chilled and set, remove them from the fridge and dredge in the flour


  • Heat a frying pan until hot, add the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil, and add the cakes, two at a time. Cook on both sides, turning carefully, for 3-4 minutes, until golden-brown on both sides and heated through. Keep warm


  • To serve, place a potato cake in the centre of each plate. You can add extra fried strips of bacon or fried mushrooms or tomatoes onto each potato cake if you like, or grate on some cheese and pop them under the grill for a few minutes. Season to taste.


Yum – what a great way to start the day – or even for lunch or a snack – a mouthful of savoury flavour!