Irish Potato & Bacon Cakes

"Wonderful as a side dish or for breakfast/Brunch. It is quite high in fat especially if you use dripping to fry them."
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  • 4 slices bacon, chopped and crisp fried
  • 1 lb mashed potatoes, boiled & mashed
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt & pepper
  • butter or dripping (for frying, I use lite olive oil though not traditional)


  • Drain your bacon on paper towels.
  • Mix the bacon with the mashed potatoes, flour, salt& pepper.
  • Form into 4 patties.
  • Heat the dripping (butter) (or oil) in a skillet and over medium heat fry the cakes about 5 minutes on each side or until golden, Serve.

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  1. cynthia912
    This was good. I didn't follow messurements and kind of "winged" it. I had a friend who is allergic to wheat come, so I added corn mean instead of flour to make it the right consistancy. I added some green onion and chives too. Good. Will do again
  2. morgainegeiser
    These went well with our Irish breakfast. I will make them again, as they had a wonderful flavor and were easy to prepare. The next time I prepare them I will go for more dense mashed potatoes or add a little more flour, as they did fall apart when frying.
  3. cuisinebymae
    What a great way to use leftover potatoes! (I always seem to have some in the fridge. So easy! Tastes great!
  4. bullwinkle
    Very good. First time I have made potato cakes without eggs in the batter. I used leftover mashed potatoes from Fluffy's recipe #54385. They were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Thanks Bergy. bullwinkle.
  5. Derf2440
    What a great way to use the left over Irish mashed potatoes!! With the leek already in the mashed potatoes, the bacon just added a wonderfull rich taste and frying them in the butter made them a real treat!! Definately not diet stuff but OHHH sooo good!!


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