Recipe | Fadge

I have of late developed a real dislike of over-catering. There are those who take great pride in cooking twice as much as they need, as if it suggests some inherent generosity of spirit, an abundance of love and a desire to please. Well maybe, but it’s incredibly wasteful. We throw an appalling amount of food away in this country, and considering the soaring cost of the stuff, we should be being extremely careful about cooking that which we don’t need to eat.

That said, as and when it does happen (and it happens regularly enough, despite my strong feelings), I do enjoy leftovers. Mashed potato is arguably the King of such fridge-lurkers. Leftover roasties are an abomination, as are chips, while leftover baked spuds are good only for mash. Mash is boss, right?

There was much tittering the day Darina Allen told us about fadge, or potato bread, the carby part of a traditional Ulster fry, but you’ll be familiar enough with it, in that it’s not a million miles away from bubble and squeak, and is a distant, understated cousin of the more flamboyant fish cake. Ultimately it’s zjuzjed (or zhooshed, as I believe it is ‘supposed’ to be written) up mashed potato.

Take the cold, leftover mash and whip through it a few of tablespoons of plain flour, some grainy mustard, and chopped spring onion. If you want to hoy anything else in there then by all means do. Parmesan cheese, chopped chillies, breast milk, it’s all good. Tip the mix onto a lightly floured surface and press flat, before cutting into wedges. Melt a little butter in a frying pan and lightly fry the wedges of fadge until golden on both sides. Serve with sausages, and a smug sense of satisfaction that you have, for once, used up some leftovers.


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19 responses to “Recipe | Fadge

  1. minnie

    I used my recent leftover mashed potato to make courgette fritters – added egg to bind plus spring onions, cheddar cheese and grated courgette. So simple and delicious!

  2. Nice but I’m afraid I have to disagree re cold roasties! I love em. With hot gravy. Heaven!

  3. Whoa – cold roasties are awesome all smashed up in a bubble & squeak. You need the crispy edged roasted potatoes for decent texture!

  4. Your recipe sounds fab to me. I was interested to see the word ‘fadge’. When I was a kid, one of the first things I ever made from a recipe book was milk fadge. I remember it being more of a bread than a potato cakey thing. The recipe is in Bero Home Recipes, a little promotional home baking book from the 50’s- 60’s that came with Bero flour (whatever happened to that brand?). I just happen to have a copy right here, right now.
    Anyways, I was quite disappointed, as I for my spur of the moment baking binge I’d wanted to make fudge. It shows how early on it was in my baking life, as any numpty would have been able to see from the ingredients list how it would turn out. Looking forward to making your version.

  5. Beautifully written.

  6. I always cook more than the required amount, hoping that I’d have leftovers. But that very rarely happen because my friends are monsters.
    The fadge sounds delish.

  7. Ravinder Bhogal

    I want to have a pillow of fadge in my bed please.

  8. I just love the name fadge! The fact these look good too is an added bonus. I now want to have leftovers so I can make them!

  9. Love the look of your ‘fadge’. Not so impressed with your choice of peanut butter, though 😉

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