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!


  • I’m pretty sure potatoes have butts.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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!

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

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

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

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

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