The Food Corner


by Paul Cormier, Salamanders of Kemptville

In 2022, we provided you with a recipe for Irish Boxty to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Today’s recipe proves that the Irish are not the only folks who enjoy messing around with the auld spud. The following feels a bit Jewish and a bit Greek: Potato Cakes can act as a full lunch or accompany chicken, beef or lamb for dinner. Of course, it’s vegetarian, so it can appeal to a broad range of folks who love the taste of potatoes. This is another recipe that suits junior chefs…

Potato Cakes  


1 ½ cups of dry mashed potato mix (readily available locally)
1 egg
2 ounces of soft chèvre (that’s goat cheese, folks)
1 clove of garlic or 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 ½ cup of milk (and a bit)
2 tablespoons of butter (salted)
2 tablespoons of finely chopped green onions
Sour cream or Tzatziki (optional) 


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F
  2. Bring the milk and butter to a boil in a saucepan
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the potato mix till moistened
  4. Let stand for a half hour or until the milk is absorbed into the potato mix
  5. Stir in the egg, cheese, garlic and green onions
  6. Cover your mixture and refrigerate till firm 
  7. Flour your hands and make up 6 patties about an inch thick 
  8. Place the patties on a greased cookie sheet and pop in the oven
  9. Bake for 15 or 20 minutes or till the patties are browning 
  10. Remove from the oven and serve hot 

These are great as is, or with a dollop of sour cream or Tzatziki. Don’t get hung up on using a potato mix: it is actually pretty good for a recipe like today’s and speeds up your time from cooking to table. . 

Best (for an early spring) from


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