Rowena G's Recipes

Portuguese cheese potato cakes

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40 minutes
Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 10 minutes | Servings: 3 or 4 persons

What’s not to like? Fried cheese, potato and leeks !!

Makes around 15 potato cakes

  • 1 Kg potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 50g Queijo de Isla cheese (or a strong cheddar) coarsely grated
  • 50g Parmesan cheese coarsely grated
  • 1 small skinny leek split longways down the middle and finely sliced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 30g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons or more of Corn oil, for frying



  1. Put the grated potatoes into a kitchen towel and, over the sink, squeeze as much liquid as you possibly can out of them.
  2. In a large bowl put the cheeses, leek, garlic powder, flour, salt, and pepper mix well, then add the squeezed potatoes, mix and finally add the beaten eggs. Stir well.
  3. In a large frying pan heat the oil over a medium high heat. Use a serving spoon to take equal amounts of potato mixture and add to the pan. Use the back of a spoon to flatten the cakes. Cook about 4 to 5 potato cakes at a time.
  4. Cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  5. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.
  6. Transfer the potato cakes to a plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil.
  7. Serve while still warm with dipping sauces, tomato, mayonnaise or whatever takes your fancy.


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