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Crispy Potato Cakes with Bacon and Cheddar

The other day I got the idea in my head to make a batch of potato gnocchi. From what I have read, the secret to the lightest, fluffiest gnocchi, is to dry the potato as much as possible and to use very little flour, just enough to bind the whole thing together. So that's what I did. I mashed the potato with an egg, salt, pepper, and a bit of nutmeg, and then added a bit of flour. The dough was still very soft, so I added a little more flour to it. The dough was still pretty soft at this point, but I was afraid of making heavy, little dough balls, so I just went on to the next phase; rolling, cutting and then rolling over the back of a fork to put little grooves in each piece. I tossed the whole batch in to a large pot of boiling water and let them cook for 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile,  I started working on the other components of the dish. I grated cheese, I cooked up some bacon, I started making a roux. I had big plans for these babies. OK, time to drain the gnocchi. After the steam cleared, I looked into the sink and ......... I was looking at a colander filled with mashed potatoes! FAIL!

What am I going to do with this mess? HHMMM.... I had mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and I had even toasted some panko crumbs in the bacon fat. So, I ended up making Crispy Potato Cakes with Bacon and Cheddar, and you know what? They were amazing! This ended up being the yummiest mistake I ever made.


Crispy Potato Cakes with Bacon and Cheddar

 hot mashed potatoes
grated sharp cheddar
cooked and crumbled bacon
panko bread crumbs, some toasted  in the bacon fat and some left plain for breading
grated raw onion
one egg, beaten
salt and pepper to taste
canola oil and butter for frying

Mix together potatoes, cheese, bacon, toasted panko, grated onion and an egg. Season with salt and pepper. Fill a plate with plain panko. Form the potato mixture into patties. Press in panko, coating both sides. Chill in fridge for at least 3-4 hours. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add canola oil and a pat of butter. Pan fry patties until golden brown on both sides.

Tags: Leftovers, Potatoes, Bacon, Cheese, Side

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