Leftover ham and potato cakes

    30 min

    These ham and potato cakes with spring onion and Dijon mustard are made with panko breadcrumbs to give a better crunch. A delicious way to use up leftover Christmas ham and mashed potatoes.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 140g finely chopped cooked ham
    • 300g cold mashed potatoes
    • 3 spring onions, finely chopped
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 150g panko breadcrumbs, divided
    • 120ml vegetable oil for frying, or as needed

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Mix ham, mashed potatoes, spring onions, egg, Dijon mustard, dill, salt, black pepper and 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. If mixture is too moist to hold together, mix in an additional one or two tablespoons panko breadcrumbs.
    2. Place remaining panko breadcrumbs into a shallow bowl.
    3. Scoop about 80g of the mixture and form into a ball; slightly flatten into a flat round cake or shape into a croquette. Press both sides of into the panko breadcrumbs; tap off any loose crumbs. Repeat with remaining mixture.
    4. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat until very hot; pan-fry 2 or 3 potato cakes or croquettes at a time in the hot oil until golden brown on each side, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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    I actually ran the ham and the green onions together through my food processor to get the fine consistancy that I was looking for. I actually fried these in my cast iron skillet in a mixture of EVOO and butter. I did not try these myself but my husband and kids thought they were MONEY. NO leftovers. I think these would be excellent for breakfast as a substitute for hashbrowns with a side of sunny side up eggs and bacon. This recipe is SUCH a keeper--thumbs up from my family.  -  08 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    oh my goodness, avon! these are DELICIOUS! i made them tonite for a snack. we didn't really have dinner. i had to stop myself after the fourth one, cuz someone else may want some! LOL. i had two cups of mashed taters, so i used them up. i did however forget to add the dill. i have no explanation, so i look at it this way...another layer of flavour to look forward to the next time. there will absolutely be a next time. oh, i opted not to fry and baked them at 375 deg for 45 min. turning them halfway. nice and crisp on the outside. YUM! thanks for sharing with us Avon okay....update. i was very fortunate to have one leftover. i had it for breakfast the next morning with a fried over easy egg draped over top. it was amazing. you have no idea. you must try this!!!!!  -  07 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought these were 'good' but not 5 star. I think I would have liked them better if they had more ham, less potatoes, but I would make them again as a side dish for breakfast with eggs and toast. I had a problem with mine breaking in the frying pan when I turned them. Maybe another egg would help?  -  19 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)