Irish potato cakes

Irish potato cakes

Among other things, on St. Patrick’s day, Irish people celebrate the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Let’s introduce a simple Irish dish today to honor them. These potato cakes  makes a delicious and simple starter or light lunch especially because of the added salmon in it.You need to use really dry potatoes for this, so, if you’re not using leftovers, be sure to let your spuds cool and lose as much moisture as possible before starting the recipe.


  • 80 g plain flour , plus extra for dusting
  • 250 g leftover boiled, steamed or baked potatoes
  • 1 large free-range egg yolk
  • ½ a bunch of wild garlic or chives
  • 7cm piece of fresh horseradish or 2 teaspoons from a jar
  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 1 lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • olive oil
  • 240 g smoked salmon, from sustainable sources
  • 1 handful of watercress



Liberally dust a clean work surface with flour. Mash the leftover potatoes or push through a sieve, then season with sea salt and black pepper.

Beat the egg yolk and chop the wild garlic or chives, then add to the potatoes with the flour. Mix well.

Lightly knead, then place the soft dough on the floured surface and roll out to about ½cm thick.

Divide the dough into 4 and shape into rounds.

Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until needed.

Meanwhile, finely grate the horseradish (if using) and combine with the crème fraîche. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, pepper and a dash of extra virgin olive oil.

Preheat a flat griddle or non-stick frying pan until very hot, then cook the potato cakes in a little olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until golden, crisp and hot all the way through.

Serve with slices of smoked salmon and picked watercress leaves dressed with a squeeze of lemon, extra virgin olive oil and some salt and pepper.

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