Sunday Dinner Leftover Cakes (makes 8)

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 5 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

March 28, 2012

Sunday Dinner Cakes

Ever wanted some inspiration as to what to do with all those Sunday dinner leftovers? Well think no longer. Throw all your leftovers together, form into little patties, coat with breadcrumbs and shallow fry. Then serve with any leftover gravy or sauce. De. Lish. I would love to take the credit for these tasty cakes of loveliness but I can’t, they were thought up by the ingenious husband of a friend of mine. You know who you are and I thank you! We’ve made them on many a Monday or Tuesday, and I’d go as far to say my kids actually prefer them to their Sunday dinners. Great to make with kid too!

This recipe uses leftovers from a roast pork Sunday lunch and combines diced roast pork (obviously!), apple sauce, mashed potatoes and lots of veggie leftovers (I used carrots, peas and courgettes). They’re equally, if not more delish made with leftover roast beef and a desertspoon of creamed horseradish, or lamb and a little mint sauce…. just throw in whatever you have leftovers off…they’ll undoubtedly be good!.

For the coating I used Panko for the first ever time. They’re Japanese breadcrumbs that are particularly light and crispy and make for a wonderfully crunchy coating, available at most Asian stores and bigger supermarkets. If you can’t source use ordinary breadcrumbs (either packet or homemade) or polenta or a 50/50 mixture of the two.


The Good Stuff:

Potatoes, Veggies

Great For:

Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Family Dinners, Using up Leftovers, Quick Mid-Week Suppers, Hiding Veggies, Making with Kids


Use whatever meat, fish of veggies you have leftovers of. Virtually anything works! Serve with any leftover gravy, extra veggies, salad or baked beans.

Special Equipment:

A frying pan

Sunday Dinner Leftover Cakes (makes 8)

Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 5 mins, Total Time: 10 mins

4 heaped tablespoons Panko, breadcrumbs or polenta (or a combination of any of these)

140g cold roast pork, finely diced

120g cold leftover veggies, finely diced

320g cold leftover mashed potato

1 tablespoon apple purée or sauce

black pepper

sunflower oil for frying

leftover gravy and apple sauce to serve

1) Place the Panko, breadcrumbs or polenta in a flat bottomed bowl.

2) Place the diced pork, veggies, mashed potato, apple purée and a grinding of black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Combine thoroughly with a spoon. Divide into 8 equal pieces and shape each into a flattened round patty.

3) Now cover each patty first with the panko, polenta or breadcrumbs ensuring that they’re evenly coated. This is quite a delicate operation so be gentle or they’ll easily fall apart.

4) Place in the fridge until you’re ready to use, ideally for at least 30 minutes to give them a chance to firm up a little more.

5) When you’re ready to cook them pour a very fine layer of sunflower oil into a large frying pan to cover it’s base and heat for a few minutes on a medium heat. Carefully place the patties in the pan and fry until golden brown. Turn over and fry the other sides until golden too. This should only take about 5 minutes in total. You may need to do a couple of batches.

Serve immediately with re-heated leftover gravy and some more apple sauce/puree. The wee ones like theirs with baked beans, peas or sweetcorn. Grown ups with a salad.

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3 thoughts on “Sunday Dinner Leftover Cakes (makes 8)

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    Dianna Glantz – Okay .this was AMAZING!! I love chicken parm but I rlealy don’t like a lot of fried food in my and my family’s diet so we don’t have it very often. I tried this recipe and we will be having this much more. I did not miss it being fried at all. It was amazing just as shown. The panko crumbs give it the perfect amount of crispness. Love this! My husband raved about it and went back for more until there was none left. Thanks for sharing!April 6, 2011 12:33 am[]



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