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. The potatoes were watching you with their eyes while you were reinventing them into these delish cakes. I love all potatoes:D

  2. Oooh, I like the sound of this very much. What do you think about using sweet potatoes? Would they hold up well enough? I’m forever obsessed with sweet potatoes…

  3. And would these work as a sort of veggie burger perhaps? Or are they too much on the crispy side, like a potato pancake?

  4. You’re hysterical Ben – but (no pun intended) we have to talk about the author of this story’s butt fixation :)

  5. Ha ha, you’re so funny! I wish my potatoes would talk to me.

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