I am a mother-fucking goddamn genius. After ‘potato cakes’ being on the shopping list for two weeks and being ignored for two weeks and upon me enquiring why my potato cakes had not been forthcoming told ‘I don’t know where they are in Tesco. We have potatoes – make some’ decided that, okay, yes I will indeed make my own potato cakes. They weren’t as good as the ones in Tesco – Tesco ones are dense and you can hold them in your hand, like crumpets (or probably like any other potato cake but my experience of potato cakes begins and ends with the Tesco ones) and the ones I made were like fried mashed potato, probably because they were, um, fried mashed potato.
Still, as you can imagine, fried mashed potato is fab but I didn’t fancy fried mashed potato for lunch today and so my thoughts turned to my airfryer (the Optimum HealthyFry) and I thought hell yeah, airfried mashed potato would most definitely be A Good Thing. Then I decided the Good Thing would be An Even Better Thing if I coated it in panko breadcrumbs and not just because most things are better coated in panko breadcrumbs and, guess what? It was the best thing ever. It was soft, buttery and gooey on the inside and beautifully crisp on the outside. I am a mother-fucking goddamn genius indeed.
I added onion to my mashed potato but the variations are endless – you could add cheese, mushrooms (fry them first), chillies or whatever you fancy.
- 500g potatoes, cut into chunks
- 50g dairy-free spread
- 50g plain flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 shallots or 1/2 an onion, chopped
- salt and pepper
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Boil the potatoes until they’re done (about 15-20 minutes), drain and put back in the pan
- Melt the butter in a pan, then add to the potatoes and mash until smooth, then stir in the onions
- Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mashed potato, mix in thoroughly and season with salt and pepper
- Stir the mixture until it forms a kind of dough and comes away from the sides of the pan
- Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces and form into patties
- Coat in the panko breadcrumbs
- Airfry at 200C for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy