Potato cakes with a surprise of avocado and Pepper jack cheese inside~ by Serena Ball, MS, RD
These are decidedly not your typical Irish potato cakes. But I’m (a very small) part Irish – and I couldn’t stop eating them. So there you go – an Irish potato cake mixed up with avocado and stuffed with a melty, Pepper Jack cheese kick…
Here’s what happened: I wanted to make potato cakes for dinner – but honestly, I didn’t feel like making much else but a salad – so to make the cakes a meal, I added protein-rich beans. But instead of totally winging it, I’m the type of cook who likes to start by consulting a few recipes that have been tested in a real test kitchen. So this recipe is sort-of a mash-up (literally!) of these two recipes from Cooking Light: Black-Eyed Patties with Garlic Pepper Salsa and Ecuadorean Potato & Cheese Patties.
Now as a struggling, still-learning (sigh!) food photographer, I also look at other food photography on sites like foodgawker and even CookingLight.com to get ideas on food styling. So I was comforted by the fact that the bean patties in the (professional!) photo from Cooking Light looked, well, just as boldly BROWN as mine! Well, maybe mine look a tiny bit more ‘kickin’ since I tried (hard!) to capture the melty Cabot Pepper Jack cheese stuffed inside.
Despite their BROWN appearance, my kids loved the surprise of cheese and avocado inside. They were a hit. I’m going to make them again for St. Patricks Day – maybe topped with even more GREEN avocado.
Please share any tips you’ve learned when photographing particularly unappetizing foods like brown bean burgers – or tips for feeding these sorts of BROWN foods to kids!