Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes Recipe

I’ve been on a bit of a potato hype recently, thanks to the gigantic bag of potatoes I bought. Craving the classic cheese and onion flavour combination without the high-fat content, I decided to create feta and red onion-flavoured potato cakes. This recipe yields 4 potato cakes or roughly 2 servings. Crafted from a blend of mashed potatoes, feta cheese, thyme, and red onion, these savoury patties boast a hearty texture and a golden-brown exterior achieved after baking for 45 minutes. The combination of creamy potatoes, tangy feta, and aromatic thyme provides a rich and flavourful taste. Originating from a fusion of culinary traditions, these potato cakes are a delightful addition to any meal, offering a satisfying and comforting experience with every bite P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on socials so that you never miss any of my healthy recipes for weight loss.

Why are cheese and onion potato cakes healthy?

This potato cake recipe stands out as a healthy option for several reasons. Firstly, it incorporates nutrient-dense ingredients, such as potatoes rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, promoting digestive health and providing sustained energy. The inclusion of feta cheese adds a source of protein and calcium, essential for muscle development and bone health. Red onion contributes antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, while thyme not only enhances the flavor but also offers potential health benefits. Baking the potato cakes instead of frying helps minimize added fats, making this recipe a lighter alternative. Furthermore, the option to customize with variations, like incorporating additional vegetables, allows for an extra nutritional boost. With a balance of wholesome ingredients and mindful cooking techniques, these potato cakes offer a tasty and health-conscious choice for those seeking a satisfying yet nourishing dish.

Do you have a diet restriction?

This recipe is great if you have a restrictive diet such as:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Step 1: Prepare potato cake ingredients

To start with, if you don’t already have cooled boiled potatoes to hand then peel and boil 200g worth of potato until soft. Let the potato cool completely, this is a really important step as steamy potatoes can almost double the cooking time.

While your potatoes are cooling, take a moment to prepare the flavourful mix. In a bowl, mash up 100g of feta cheese until it reaches a creamy consistency. Feel free to experiment with different cheeses like goats cheese or ricotta. Next, finely chop half a red onion and add it to the cheese along with 1 teaspoon of dried thyme. These aromatic additions will enhance the overall taste.

Once the potatoes are cooled, add them to the bowl. Using a fork, mash everything together until the ingredients are well combined. This step ensures a perfect blend of creamy potatoes, tangy feta, and the aromatic notes of thyme and red onion.

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Step 3: Bake the cheese and onion potato cakes

Once your ingredients form a sticky, mashed-up consistency, shape them into four balls or lumps and transfer to a lined baking tray. Flatten with a spoon or your hands, tidying edges to avoid burnt bits. Bake for 45 minutes, turning halfway. Using cooled potatoes minimizes moisture, ensuring a reasonable cooking time. Flip when the top is firm and crispy, and continue baking until the potato cakes can be easily picked up.

For serving, pair these delightful potato cakes with a fresh salad or a medley of colourful veggies. Consider adding a dollop of Greek yogurt or a drizzle of tzatziki for a cool contrast. Alternatively, serve alongside grilled chicken or fish for a wholesome and satisfying meal.


1. Cheesy Twist:

Experiment with different cheeses for unique flavors. Try substituting feta with goat cheese, cheddar, or Parmesan.

2. Herb Infusion:

Elevate the herbal notes by adding fresh herbs like chopped parsley, chives, or dill to the potato mixture.

3. Veggie Boost:

Incorporate grated vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, or spinach to enhance nutritional content and add a burst of color.

4. Spice It Up:

Add a pinch of your favorite spices like paprika, garlic powder, or cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

5. Sweet Potato Swap:

For a twist, substitute regular potatoes with sweet potatoes for a subtly sweet flavor profile.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Q: Can I prepare the mixture in advance?

A: Absolutely! You can prepare the potato mixture in advance and refrigerate it. When ready to bake, simply shape the potato cakes and follow the remaining steps.

Q: Can I freeze the potato cakes?

A: Yes, these potato cakes freeze well. After baking, let them cool completely, then freeze individually. To reheat, place them in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Q: What’s the best way to store leftovers?

A: Store any leftover potato cakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be reheated in the oven for a few minutes or enjoyed cold.

Q: Can I pan-fry instead of baking?

A: Absolutely! Pan-frying is an excellent alternative. Heat some oil (if not oil free) in a skillet and cook the potato cakes until golden brown on each side.

Q: Are these potato cakes suitable for a gluten-free diet?

A: Yes, the recipe is gluten-free. Ensure that any additional ingredients or seasonings you choose also align with a gluten-free diet.

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Cheese and Onion Potato Cake Recipe

I’ve been on a bit of a potato hype recently thanks to the gigantic bag of potatoes I bought. I was really fancying that cheese and onion flavour combination but without the high fat content so I came up with feta and red onion flavoured potato cakes. This recipe makes 4 potato cakes or roughly 2 servings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 120 kcal


  • 200 g potato
  • 100 g feta
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 tsp thyme


  • Peel and boil potato
  • Whilst boiled potato is cooling, mash feta and thyme into a bowl
  • Finely chop red onion and add it to your bowl
  • Add cooled potato and mash with a fork until the mixture sticks together.
  • Form into 4 patties and bake for 45-60 minutes turning half way or when top of patties feels firm.

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