On a vegetarian diet or trying to be balanced with your meals? Then this recipe is for you. Soft, tender mash potato filling with herbs and spices and a crispy parmesan crust is the best patty you will have. You can’t say no to this one.

What is a parmesan potato cake?
These are cakes made from seasoned mash potatoes and crust with shredded parmesan cheese. The filling usually has several herbs and spices for added flavor. They consist of eggs and flour to hold them in shape.

To bine the cakes together, bread crumb is sometimes used instead of all-purpose flour. This recipe is versatile, and other ingredients may be included, like other herbs and spices. These cakes can either be fried or baked depending on desired preferences.

Potatoes are native to European countries. Potatoes back in the 1800s were easy to store and didn’t spoil as fast at a fast rate. It was the cheapest staple available to include in many recipes like potato pancakes. Potato pancakes consisted of flour, eggs, oil, and potatoes. Today the name has changed to mash potato cakes, and the recipe improved with herbs and spices and even cheese for a better texture and taste.

When can these cakes be served?

They are best for lunch or as a side dish with meals. The same recipe can make smaller cakes and serve as appetizers with a sauce or dip.

What pairs well with these cakes?
These cakes pair well with tomato salsa or any other fruity salsa like mango or papaya. Add creme fraiche, sweet chili dip, or your favorite dipping sauce with them.

How do the main ingredients work?
Egg act as a binding agent for the ingredients.
Parmesan cheese adds extra flavor and crispiness to the crust of the cakes.
Chopped parsley and scallion add flavor to the potato filling.
All-purpose flour supports the mash body and gives the cake structure and body.

How is it done?
Wash and cook the Irish potatoes in a pot of boiling water for approximately 20 to 25 mins. After cooling, peel and mash in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped herbs, salt, grounded pepper, egg, flour, and shredded parmesan. Combine the ingredients and mix well. Set aside 1/2 cup of the shredded parmesan to roll the cakes in it. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the Potato mixture in 1 inch thick patties and roll them in the 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan. Preheat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat and fry the cakes for 4 to 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.

Why should you make these cakes?

These cakes are the perfect option for a vegetarian meal. Potatoes are versatile and go with just about anything. They have beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that improve blood sugar levels and digestive health.
Parmesan is also a good source of proteins and fats that benefits the body. It contains vitamins and minerals like calcium, copper, zinc, vitamin A, B6, and B12.
These are some of the great reasons why you should make these parmesan potato cakes.

Key term/word

Creme Fraiche is a dairy product similar to sour cream but has a higher fat content.
Staples are primary food items that we eat daily like rice, pasta, potatoes, etc.
Versatile means the ability to do many things. In this case, potatoes are versatile in that you can do many creative dishes with them.

Frequently asked questions
Question Can olive oil be substituted with vegetable oil?
Answer Yes if you not on a strict healthy diet.

Question Can the mixture be frozen?
Answer Yes, it can for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

So much flavor and texture in these small parmesan potato cakes that makes them hard to resist. Potatoes are a versatile staple that goes with any protein and vegetables. These cakes are perfect with sweet chili sauce and mango salsa. The parmesan offers this slightly salty taste, and pairing it with something sweet makes the flavors blend just right. Try it with any of the above pairings or your favorite dips and sauces, and comment your feedback.


Yield: 6 Servings

Parmesan Mash Potato Cakes

Parmesan Mash Potato Cakes

Soft Irish potato cakes with a crunchy parmesan cheese crust.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large Irish potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp grounded black pepper
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped scallion


  1. Cook the Irish potatoes in a pot of boiling water for about 25 minutes.
  2. Peel the potatoes and allow them to cool completely before adding other ingredients. Cool potatoes are better to work with.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mash the potatoes and add the egg, Parsley, salt, flour, 1 cup parmesan, grounded black pepper, and scallion.
  4. Combine all the ingredients.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of the parmesan on a flat plate and set aside.
  6. Form the potatoes into patties using about 1/2 cup of the mixture at a time. The patties should be about an inch thick.
  7. Roll the potato patties on the plate with the parmesan to coat them well. Add as much as possible as the parmesan will add an extra crispiness and flavor.
  8. In a non-stick pot, add the 3 tbsp of olive oil and preheat.
  9. Add the patties to the heated oil and fry 4 to 5 mins on each side until golden brown.


You may add more or less salt if needed. Be free with the herbs. Add different types if you desire like basil, oregano, cilantro, chives, etc.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235kcal


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