Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Potato Cakes-Thinny style!

Thinny Potato-Cakes! I was in the mood for something crunchy on the outside and yummy in the middle! So I decided to make these...What I love about these cakes is that when it comes to the topping there is a lot of versatility, they taste great with so many flavors! I have been addicted to Tzatziki sauce ever since I was a kid after eating it in a greek diner. So I like to top mine with a dollop of that, (see recipe at bottom of page) if that's your thing.

Things you'll need
2 large peeled potatoes or 4 small cooked then mashed, I used my little food processor
1 onion diced
3 minced garlic cloves
1 package mushrooms (diced)
1/2 pepper diced
1 stalk celery diced
2 eggwhites
1 whole egg for coating, but you will probably have some left over. (I did)
Garlic powder
breadcrumbs for coating (italian style)
Fresh dill
Oil for sautéing the veggies.

Step 1
Get your mushrooms, celery stalk, onion and 1/2 a pepper-wash, and dice them all up. (set aside)

Step 2
Peel your potatoes and steam them, or boil, or even microwave them till soft-If you do microwave them, check on them so that they don't burn. Once they are done, either blend them in a food processor or a potato masher. (if using a food processor add a tiny bit of oil before processing.) After its mushed, put it in a bowl, let it cool off.
Mashed up potato and fresh dill
   Step 3
Get your pan, pour a shallow layer of oil and heat it; once hot, add all your diced veggies and cook till soft and translucent add a bit of salt, set aside and let it cool down, while that is cooling, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Once the mushroom mixture is cooled add it to the potatoes, along with 2 whisked egg whites, 3 minced garlic cloves, and the chopped fresh dill, salt, pepper and a little shake of garlic powder and Mush that all up well using nice clean hands.

Step 4
Take your breadcrumbs and shake some onto a plate, take 1 whole egg and crack and whisk it into a bowl.  Start forming patties one at a time, if you have a brush, use it to spread a little egg on each side of the cake, if you don't ..Do what I did, hold the patty in one hand and dip your fingers into the egg and brush it onto both sides of the patty (evenly), then coat with bread crumbs and place onto a baking sheet (after you have sprayed it with cooking spray) Do this until all cakes have been made -it should make 8
once they are all on the sheet, use the cooking spray and give it a good once over.
*Pop them in the oven!
Cook for 30 minutes, gently turn cakes over half way through cook time.

Topped with Romano cheese and Chives

Tzatziki and chives

Condiment ideas
little parmesan or romano cheese
Tzatziki sauce
Hot Sauce
Tartar sauce and lemon
Drizzle of Honey mustard, ranch, any lite dressing of your preference, I think it works best with something in the creamy family! 
Salsa, and/or guacomole,
Another yummy topping for this is my white sauce, (see creamy lasagna rollups for recipe).

Tzatziki Recipe
1 container of reduced fat sour cream, or greek yogurt, the sour cream has a slightly sweeter thicker flavor and consistency, the yogurt is thinner and more tangy, so this is your preference, I like both. You could even do half greek yogurt, half sour cream..this is one of those recipes that everyone has a certain version of how they like it. So taste as you go! :)

1 cucumber, peeled, then cut lengthwise, scooped and shredded,  whatever you can't shred, dice it up, using a cheesecloth or paper towels, drain as much water out of the cucumber as you can, once that's done, cut the shredded cucumber pieces, so they are not sooo long.
Add the cucs and the rest of the ingredients below to a bowl, combine well 
1 tbsp. olive oil
Juice of a half a lemon (or a little more, taste as you go)
3 regular sized minced garlic cloves,  or 4 small ones.
Salt  to taste
Fresh dill, about 1 tsp.(optional)
Fresh oregano (optional) 

Put in the fridge for at least one hour, and serve with whatever you like! 


  1. Wow, this looks too good for words! I still have never made a potato cake! That just seems wrong!
    Also, I love the condiment ideas, I probably would have just eaten them right out the baking sheet; great addition ;)

    1. Thanks Cathleen! :) -I don't mess around when it come to my condiments lol, Im a little obsessed with them, husband can't eat things plain, he loves it like that, I always need an extra kick!

  2. I prefer mine with tzatziki and chives! These look great (love the crispy exterior) and love the fact that they are so so healthy- baked/ not fried. Bookmarked it!

    1. Hey Easy- Another Tzatziki fan! ( I literally can eat it on just about everything), thanks for bookmarking, I'm a big fan of the 'Crunch' factor, really gives healthy food a flavor boost! :)

  3. AH! I've never had potato cakes before and I don't know why because these look right up my alley!! I really cannot wait to try these :)

    1. Hi Kaitlin! you can even make this with leftover mashed potatoes, you don't even need all the veggies, that saves on time, and they will still taste great! :)

  4. Hi Kathleen-I'm following you back, also left a reply for you on my blog. I'm truly happy you found my blog, and same goes for me. I DO love your blog and the delicious "thinny" recipes you have posted as these amazing potato cakes...I would even have been happy, just to do these lovely potatoes w/o the diced veggies, because they look so mouthwateringly yummy. What a special treat...Yumm!
    You have so meticulously covered everything step-by-step, and the suggestions for the condiments, not to mention the Tzatziki recipe which I love so much:DDD

    I have scrolled down more to see other amazing recipes, as well! I am putting your blog on my Blogroll list on the sidebar, so I can see your latest, and also would like for others to find your blog easier.
    Your kind words have meant so much to me!

  5. Hello Elisabeth, the cakes would taste great with out veggies and just leftover mashed potatoes! lol
    Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind words about my recipes, it means a lot to know people are reading and enjoying! and thank you for putting me on your blogroll!! That is very sweet of you to do~ I still have some updating on here to do, like make a blogroll and organize my recipes a bit better...i'm off to stop by your blog now! again thank you. Put a smile on my face =) Hugs right back at ya! and I'm glad to have been able to bring you some comfort.

  6. Looks fantastic, great treat for the kids with hidden veggies!

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  10. I keep left-over potatoes on hand just so we can have potato cakes at least once a week. The kids love them, and yours look all grown-up, thanks for sharing, look forward to trying.

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