Ham and Potato Cakes Recipe

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Nutrition per portion

Calories 277 kCal 14%
Fat 11g 16%
  -  Saturates 2.5g 13%


  • 550g (1lb 4oz) DesirĂ©e potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 300g (10oz) cooked smoked or unsmoked ham, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 1tsp English mustard powder
  • 2tbsp curly parsley, finely chopped
  • a little flour, for dusting
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • salad and mayonnaise, to serve


  • Steam the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes until tender, cover with a clean tea towel to remove any excess moisture, then mash. Place in a bowl and add the ham, egg, spring onions, mustard powder and parsley. Season and mix well. Divide the mix into 8 equal portions and shape into small cakes. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight if possible.

  • Dust the cakes lightly with flour, tapping off any excess. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and when hot, carefully add the cakes. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until crisp and golden brown. To serve, drain on kitchen paper and serve with the salad and mayonnaise on the side.

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Top Tip

Wash the peeled potatoes in cold running water to remove as much starch as possible. This will result in a dry, fluffy mash that will crisp beautifully when fried. For extra flavour, add 1tbsp each of wholegrain mustard, chopped shallots, cornichons, capers and parsley

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