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Mini potato cakes with smoked fish & avocado
Mini potato cakes with smoked fish & avocado


  • 1kg Desiree potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated vintage cheddar cheese
  • 2 large (size 7) free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Butter, for frying
  • 1 perfectly ripe avocado
  • 2 limes
  • 1 cup flaked smoked fish (I used gemfish)
  • 1-2 Tbsp chopped coriander (optional)
  • Makes about 30

Mini potato cakes with smoked fish & avocado

Julie Biuso
  • Cooking time: More than 1 hour

Peel potatoes and cut into pieces a bit bigger than a large egg. Soak in cold water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch. Steam (or gently boil) until three-quarters cooked. Dry off on paper towels. Grate coarsely and transfer to a large bowl.

Peel onion, grate coarsely and add to potato. Mix in flour, baking powder, celery salt, salt, pepper, cheese, egg and milk.

Heat a frying pan over medium heat, add 2-3 Tbsp butter and cook spoonfuls of the mixture in the sizzling butter until golden on both sides.

Meanwhile, halve avocado, remove stone and skin. Cut into small dice and toss gently with 1 Tbsp lime juice. Cut the other lime into slim wedges.

Top potato cakes with flakes of smoked fish and a little chopped avocado. Garnish with wedges of lime and grind over black pepper to taste. Scatter with coriander, if using.

Cook's tip

- New Zealand has great avocados and freshly smoked fish is easy to find – combine them on crispy potato cakes for a winner to serve with drinks.

Article from the June, 2012 issue of Taste magazine.

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