These are really very simple to make and just like salmon patties, everyone does it just a bit different to suit their own tastes and their families tastes. They are also called several different names by different folks....potato cakes, potato patties, potato pancakes...all the same thing.
This is the way my mother always made them and what we like. Her potato cakes are a little puffier and light than some and you will see why if you make them. Here is what you will need:
2 cups cold mashed potatoes
1/2 cup self rising flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbs. finely minced onion (optional, we don't use onion)
oil for frying
Mix the potatoes, egg, flour and baking powder. Add onion if using it. Heat about 2-3 Tbs. oil in a skillet until hot. Make sure your oil is not enough or the potato cake will just spread out and not stay together.
Scoop with an ice cream scoop and drop in the hot oil. Flatten slightly, but don't mash down too much. Cook until nice and brown on one side and then turn them over and cook until nice and brown on the other side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
Serve with a little sour cream and chives or green onion or just plain. These are good with any meat or with beans and cornbread!