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Pork, Potato and Apple Cakes

Preparation time : 35 minutes,
Cooking time : 25-30 minutes,
Calories per serving: 340

ingredients

serves 4
8 oz (225 g) minced raw pork
1 lb (450 g) potatoes
4 oz (115 g) cooking apple
2 oz (50 g) onion
1 tablespoon fresh sage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 dessert apples
8 sage leaves for garnish

method

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into even-sized pieces. Steam or cook in boiling salted water for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain thoroughly and mash well. Add the minced pork.

2. Finely chop or grate the cooking apple and onion and add to the potato. Chop the sage, add to the mixture and season generously. Work the mixture together until evenly combined. With lightly floured hands, shape the mixture into 8 cakes.

3. Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan on a medium heat, and cook the cakes for 12 - 15 minutes, turning
them occasionally until golden-brown on both sides.

4. To check that the mixture is cooked, insert a skewer into the centre of one cake and leave it there for 10 seconds.

5. Draw the skewer out and touch it. If it feels hot then the mixture is cooked.

6. While the cakes are cooking, core and cut the dessert apples into quarters. Fry the apple and sage leaves in a small amount of hot oil until the apples are cooked through and the sage leaves are crisp. Serve the cakes with an apple quarter and a sage leaf on top of each one.

What did you think?

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Pork, Potatoe and Apple Cakes
posted by Laurel Montaine @ 02:46PM, 8/07/09
There are soooo many recipes that I can't do, along with this one, that calls for 1 lb of potatoes, and no one tells you how many potatoes that is! Who has a scale at home like in the grocery store, to weight your potatoes!
Answer to Laurel Montaine re: measuring 1 lb. of potatoes
posted by A. Santelia @ 03:44PM, 8/22/09
When at the grocery store, purchase a 5 lb or 3 lb bag of potatoes. Then, open the bag and take out a few potatoes and place these potatoes in the handy plastic bags at the produce section of your store. Place this plastic bag in the store scale and then you will have your lb. of potatoes. Tie this bag & place this weighed bag back into the 5 lb bag. That is what I do.
Pork, Potato and Apple Cakes
posted by Linda Patten @ 06:15PM, 10/29/09
I tried this recipe last night and it was delicious!. I had to improvise a little because I didn't have the sage readily available so I added some parsley and some Italian seasonings. It was quick and easy to make. I would make the suggestion to add one egg to the mixture to help hold them together as they fell apart in the frying pan. ( not all of them did, but they were all delicate to handle ) Answer to Laurel: 3 or 4 medium-sized potatoes are a pound. I highly recommend this recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Don't have scale
posted by sarah @ 10:18PM, 6/03/10
I agree with the first writer. If you don't have a kitchen scale, how can you measure the potatoes, the onion, or the apples, for that matter. it would be alot more useful to have american measurements. The pancakes totally fell apart in the pan. They were like dry mashed potatoes by the end.
Its easy
posted by jac @ 04:18AM, 6/09/10
How many people who cook dont have kitchen scales ? anyway its common sense surely you can feel what is roughly a pound.
My Suggestions
posted by Cari Goode @ 08:14PM, 9/13/10
I used 3 medium potatoes, 1 lb. ground pork, 1 baking apple and 2-3 Tbsp. onion. I also added 2 eggs to help it stick together. I found that making smaller patties and cooking in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat worked perfectly. Allow to brown real nice before gently turning, and do not turn more than necessary. Everyone loved it, even the kids!
You can't Estimate a Pound of Potatoes?
posted by Fed up Dad @ 02:23PM, 10/09/10
If you don't have enough common sense to estimate a pound of potatoes, I would highly recommend you stay the heck out of the kitchen. You might consider going back to grade school and PAY ATTENTION this time!!

Sheesh!! What's America coming too?
Better luck on the pancakes next time...I guess
posted by Jana @ 07:13PM, 3/28/11
Smells great, but quit with the pancakes after 3 fell apart. threw it all in a baking dish and am making a loaf. we'll see how it comes out.
I never measure, 3 potatoes seemed like enough, 1 apple and half of an onion. A scale would just take up space.

Wish I had read the reviews before starting...I would have added the egg.
Would not stay together at all
posted by Kalen @ 03:21PM, 5/06/11
I have kitchen scales. Don't know why that's such a big deal. American measurements might be handy for Americans, but (believe it or not!) not everyone is American.

Tasted good, but I could not get it to stick together no matter how many eggs I added. Ended up scraping the rest into a pie plate and baking it. That didn't stick together either, but at least it was a convenient way to cook it.
Horrible
posted by hal @ 04:42PM, 6/07/11
Made this a little while ago, would not stay together, smelled horrible and tasted worse. whoever came up with this atrocity....just stay away from this garbage!
A little tricky but delicious
posted by Linda Lisa @ 09:10PM, 8/15/12
My husband served these for supper. He used crabapples instead of dessert apples and simmered them in amantillado sherry and olive oil and substituted marjoram, thyme and ? for the sage. He had a bit of trouble with them falling apart(I think the egg will help with that.) but they were delicious!
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