How good do these look???
Mashed potato - check!
Bacon - check!
Cheese - check!
Crunchy bread crumbs - check!
Looks like four of my favourite foods combined into one mouthful - how about you? Thought so! And sooooo simple to whip up - all you are doing is making mashed potato, wrapping it in bacon, sprinkling the top & baking. Done.
Baked Mashed Potato Cakes with Bacon - part of my #pimpyourmash movement. (Well it's hardly a movement - it's just me, and it's probably been done before - but you get the idea)
As I have mentioned before, we eat a LOT of mashed potato in this house - so I am constantly looking for ways to pimp it to add a bit of variety. These little beauties are my latest variation.
Baked Mashed Potato Cakes with Bacon
- 650 g sebago potatoes (see notes) (cubed for making mash)
- ¼ teaspoon fine salt (to taste)
- 2 tablespoon salted butter (melted)
- 2 tablespoon sour cream (I use light)
- 4 shallots/scallions (finely sliced)
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 30 g / 1 oz grated fresh parmesan cheese, divided
- 4 rashers streaky bacon
- 1 ½ tablespoon panko bread crumbs
- 4 toothpicks
- Pre heat oven to 200 c fan forced / 390 f and line a baking tray/sheet with baking paper/parchment paper & set aside
- Boil/steam/microwave your potato in salted water until it is tender - I microwave mine in a large pyrex/glass bowl with the potato covered in water on high for about 25 mins (see notes regarding salt)
- Lay your bacon rashers out long ways, and trim the wider parts so you have a long piece of bacon roughly 3 cm or 1 ¼ " wide the whole length of the rasher (see notes)
- Once your potato is tender mash it well until you have no lumps then add melted butter, garlic powder, shallots/scallions, sour cream, 25 g parmesan cheese & milk mixing well to combine - don't over mix (see notes)
- Once combined, take about ⅔ cup of mashed potato mixture & form a rough ball. Place potato ball on to work surface and flatten just slightly with your fingers
- Take one rasher of bacon and wrap in loosely around the slightly flattened ball - then flatten the ball to fill out into the ring of bacon and secure the bacon with a toothpick & repeat until you have 4 cakes - try not to pack them down too much - the potato will sit roughly even with the top of the bacon
- Roughen the top of the cakes gently using a fork - this helps them crisp a little on top
- Place panko crumbs on a shallow plate, and sit the potato cakes one by one into the panko to lightly coat the bottom with crumbs, then place potato cakes onto prepared baking tray - there will be panko left over
- Mix the remaining panko crumbs with the remaining 5 g of grated parmesan cheese, and sprinkle this breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the potato cakes
- Bake for 20 mins or until lightly browned on top, then grill/broil for a further 3 mins for some extra crunch