October 2, 2011

Recipe of the week: Potatoe bacon & spinach cakes

My veggie loves can do it without the bacon 
So what happens when you're supposed to make stuffed potatoes but overcook the potatoes? In other words, I cooked them for too long and they became so soft that my attempt to cut the "O" out of  them failed miserably. My reaction to that: "Uhhh nevermind all that I'll just make mashed potatoes with butter and milk" (YAWN). But you know me and my weirdly never-ending creativity: I decided to add some spinach, onions and bacon to it + more ingredients, make mini patties and fry em!  Turned out great! Crispy and crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, tasty and a perfect complement to my bbq pork chops.

YOU WILL NEED (For approximately 4 people)

-4 large potatoes (Yukon works well)
-1 pack of
frozen spinach 
-One large onion, chopped into mini mini pieces
-4 slices of bacon, chopped into mini pieces
-1 egg, lightly beaten
-1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
-2 tablespoons of butter
-1 garlic clove chopped
-Spices: Chopped parsley, salt, pepper, 


-Put the potatoes in a bowl, fill the bowl with water and boil in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes. Or if you have a lot of time on your hands and wanna be old school, you can boil them on the stove, do your thing!
-While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a large pan. When it starts to brown add the onions, spinach and garlic and cook on high for about 5 minutes. If the spinach was frozen, lower the heat, cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
-Remove the potatoes from the water, put them in a large bowl and MASH EM!!! I have a masher, but if you don't, you can use a fork. 
-Reserve about 3 tablespoons of bread crumbs in a small plate for later.
-Add the bacon-onion-garlic-spinach mixture, the butter, spices, egg and bread crumbs. Mix well! 

-Time to get your hands dirty!!! With your hands, form patties that are approximatively the size of a medium sized hamburger, 1/2 inch thick. 
-Heat 3 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan (between medium and maximum)
-Cover each side of the patties with bread crumbs and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, until lightly browned.

Great Friday night meal! 
Serve alone, with curry mayo (3 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp curry powder) or with the meat of your choice! So good! Can be great for lunch, too, especially with a salad!

By the way, I've been a lil' obsessed with spinach lately....I don't know why, even made spinach-garlic pizzas on naan breads the other day...and had spinach in my eggs for breakfast yesterday. Mmmm....spinach! :D

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