Blarney Cakes (An Irish Family Recipe For Breakfast Sausage/Potato Cakes)

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"This is a recipe found in 1 of my Grandparentsdotcom newsletters & the only thing sweet about them is their taste. Lynn C. of Brighton, Tenn was credited & is a freq contributor at the site. “My great-grandmother brought this recipe over from Ireland,” said Lynn. “She called them breakfast cakes, but we like our name better!” Consisting mostly of grd sausage & grated potato, the patties are a bit like potato pancakes. BUT these are lighter & more strongly-flavored w/a variety of herbs & spices. For extra fun, Lynn suggests serving them topped w/maple syrup. Enjoy!"

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (130.1 g)
  • Calories 252
  • Total Fat - 16.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5 g
  • Cholesterol - 53.3 mg
  • Sodium - 52.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.6 g
  • Sugars - 1.1 g
  • Protein - 15.7 g
  • Calcium - 24.7 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Grate potatoes directly onto a lint-free clean kitchen towel & add salt. Allow to rest for 2-3 min. Then over a sink or lrg bowl, close & twist the towel tightly. This should drain the liquid from the potatoes (If you don't have a lint-free towel, sprinkle potatoes w/1 tsp salt, place in a fine-mesh sieve, weigh down & drain for 30 min over a bowl).

Step 2

Place all ingredients (except olive oil) in a food-processor. Pulse to grind into a sausage mixture. If you don't have a food-processor, finely chop the onion & parsley. Then mix in everything else w/your hands (A blender or immersion blender might work for this too).

Step 3

Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over med-heat. When the oil is hot, form mixture into patties 3-in wide & 1/2-in thick. Set into skillet & cook 6-7 min on each side. They should be golden brown in color when finished. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Serve warm w/maple syrup as desired.

Tips & Variations

  • Food-processor
  • If no food-processor, a blender or immersion blender may work.


dienia b

This is so good ,i just used mashed potatoes and sausage its amazing mr picky loved it miss you twissis

review by:
(15 Mar 2020)


Very nice breakfast item! I followed the recipe except that I wanted to use some Jimmy Dean bulk sausage that I had on hand which I'm glad I did, because I believe that it added extra goodness. I used a food processer as directed but I think that next time I will do it my chopping everything and mixing by hand (also another option which is suggested). The flavors blend really nicely and we enjoyed it tonight for our breakfast for dinner theme. Thank you Twissis for sharing. Made it for FYC.

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(30 Sep 2017)