Potato Cakes with Banana Filling

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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

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In Latin America, potato cakes are often served with fried bananas or plantains, and a very successful combination it is too. Here, the banana is used as a filling for the potato cake.


  • 2 lb (900 g) potatoes
  • 2 oz (50 g) butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced into inch-long pieces
  • Lemon juice
  • A little flour
  • Vegetable oil or butter for frying


Peel and boil the potatoes. Drain and dry them well and then put through a sieve. Add the butter and the seasoning and mix thoroughly.

Sprinkle the banana slices with lemon juice, and then slightly flatten each piece of banana so that you can cover with a coating of the potato mixture to make a thickish cake. Dust with the flour and fry in the butter/oil until brown on both sides.

On 28 November 1858 a notice appeared in the Missouri Democrat appealing to farmers who had not paid their subscriptions. They were advised that the publisher had to eat like everyone else and suggested that delinquents ‘who have cabbage, potatoes or anything of that kind can pay their indebtedness that way’.

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