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Beat the January Blues

January is a great way to start afresh. Bottom the freezer and use up all the odds and ends. Here is a quick and easy recipe that makes a really tasty blue cheese potato cake – we use Roquefort for a luxury finish but any blue or hard cheese will still produce great results.  A  way to use up the left over roast vegetables and the mashed potatoes from Sunday lunch.

Roquefort, Root Vegetable & Potato Cakes

  • Preparation time:20 minutes + chilling
  • Cooking time:15 minutes
  • Total time:40 minutes + chilling

Makes: 8 cakes – 2 per person


200g Cooked Carrots                                                                                                                                       200g Cooked Parsnips
300g Mashed Potatoes
50g Kale, finely chopped & blanched                                                                                                   200g Stilton, crumbled
20g fresh finely chopped Parsley
50g seasoned flour
2 medium Free Range Eggs
100g fresh white breadcrumbs
3 Tablespoons light oil to fry the potato cakes


  1. Roughly mash/chop the carrots, parsnips, potatoes and Kale and mix together. Season with freshly ground black pepper before adding the crumbled Roquefort & Parsley, mix well to combine.
  2. Shape the mixture into 8 equal sized cakes. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes so they hold their shape. Dip each one into seasoned flour, the beaten egg, then finally the breadcrumbs. Repeat with all the cakes and then refrigerate until needed.
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the Potato cakes on each side until golden and crisp. Serve hot with cold cuts, charcuterie, salad and pickles. A rich creamy Roquefort cream sauce is delicious with this dish.
  • Heat 200ml double cream in a pan until bubbling, reduce the cream down a little and add around 75g Roquefort (more or less depending on personal taste) to the hot cream, allow to melt and serve hot with the potato cakes