Potato pattice recipe

pattice“Britain battered by strong winds,” says the Guardian newspaper today as part of its “breaking” news. Groan!

Is it wrong to pray for more winds and rain at precisely 6pm this evening? Especially when your son has been looking forward to the cricket match he is playing at this time all week?

My mother, the son’s most vociferous supporter – “Great shot!”, “Brilliant ball”, “Great fielding”  and the opposition’s Number 1 sledger – “That boy is chucking the ball” “No stance!”- has been banned from spectating owing to the predicted gale force winds. Instead, I have asked her to stay at home and ensure that her legendary potato pattices are ready for consumption when we come home frozen to the bone.

This is how she makes them

Potato Pattice Recipe

Serves 15
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Potatoes potatoes potatoes - coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried.


  • 250g boiled potatoes (boil with a pinch of salt)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 sprig coriander (finely chopped)
  • 25g breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbs. sunflower oil (add more if necessary)
  • Salt to taste


When boiling potatoes make sure that they are very soft  so that they can be mashed easily.


Step 1
Peel the boiled potatoes and mash them with a fork.
Step 2
Mix with the onions, coriander, chilli powder and salt.
Step 3
Pat them into oval shapes.
Step 4
Roll them one at a time in the breadcrumbs until fully coated.
Step 5
Heat up the oil and when it is hot, shallow fry the pattice turning on the both sides until brown.