Tortas de Papa/Potato Cakes

The liturgical season of Lent has been my favorite since I entered the Church years ago.  I imagine it has something to do with the beauty of the intense time of penitential practice that had been missing from my spiritual life for so long.  One challenge that I encountered in the beginning was how to feed my family meatless meals since I was inexperienced in this area.  Fortunately, I have a devout Catholic mother-in-law who is also an amazing cook!  She passed this recipe onto me and I now enjoy making these for my husband and children during Lent.


2-3 large russet potatoes, shredded (you can use your cheese grater to do this)
2 cups shredded cheese(s) of your favorite variety
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs (separate the whites from the yolks)
¼ cup olive oil

1) In a large mixing bowl, combine the shredded potatoes, cheeses, egg yolks, flour, salt and pepper.
2) In a chilled mixing bowl beat egg whites on high until stiff white peaks form.
3) Fold the beaten egg whites into the potato mixture.
4) Heat oil in a frying pan on medium.
5) Form small patties of the potato mixture with your hands and fry them in the pan until brown.


Monica Martinez

Monica is a married mother of 6 in Florida who is an enthusiastic convert to the Catholic Church and a lay member of the Home of the Mother. For many years she was a teacher and counselor in the public school system but now she labors with love in her home teaching and counseling the hearts of her own children.

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