Main Dishes Recipes — By Ben on 02 August 2008
Bean and potato cakes – A story

Today I want to tell you the story of how these potato cakes came to be. A bunch of potatoes made it to my kitchen from the store in a bag like this:

Then a handful of them were chosen to become dinner. First they were boiled until tender.

When they were soft and cooked they were peeled:

Then they were mashed with 2 cups of cooked pinto beans:

They were joined in their quest by 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 TBSP chopped parsley, 2 eggs, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp paprika and salt and pepper to taste. They were then mixed very well together:

The mix was put on greased baking sheets in the form of little cakes, or cookies if you will, and baked at 375ºF for 15 minutes:

After 15 minutes they were flipped over:

And baked for another 15 minutes:

And served with carrot rice and a sexy apple and cucumber salad:

Who would’ve thought potatoes had such interesting lives. They made a very frugal dinner (and kinda vegetarian, too). The cost of it all? About US $11.00 for a dinner for 4. Don’t forget to check Frugal Fridays every week for more stories like this.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(25) Readers Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure potatoes have butts.

  2. LOL! Funny post.

    Great recipe! I like that you cook it in the oven instead of on the stove. I’m definitely going to try this recipe.

  3. Potatoes have eyes so certainly they have butts too! Such a funny post and a tasty recipe I’ll have to give a try. Looks much easier than shredding potatoes for pancakes.

  4. Great post Ben. Sounds like a good recipe for frugal fridays too. And by the way, you’re an excellent story teller.

  5. Mmmmm potato butts. That is one good story. I swear imagine getting kids to read books like this… you have a million dollar idea. Cooking AND childhood reading… genius dude.

    Great potatoes… I especially like the pinto beans, because yup you got it… Protein :)

  6. I will never look at a potato the same way again. I will be checking if they do have butts! But these ones look so — trés chic! And I mean REALLY!

  7. Genius Ben. Write a cookbook for children. The recipe sounds great. BTW I had some naked potatoes today (lol)

  8. this sound and look great ben!! i’m gonna make these,they’re alot different than most potato cake recipes ive seen.

  9. A savoury addict like me would die for these! My kind of cakes, love them :D I think the potato – bean combo worked really well thanks to the similar texture when mashed. Now, do beans have butts? :))

  10. That recipe has definite personality. And it looks tasty too. :-)

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