Potato cake

Potato cake copy 2

The coming of Fall and the ensuing cold weather does not thrill me to bits, if it was not for the veggies that one gets to indulge in, like potatoes or pumpkins.

This potato cake is simple to make, just a casserole of sliced taters with grated cheese and a sprinkle of zaatar; the golden-brown crumb coating is from kaak, a dry biscuit sold here in every neighborhood bakery or market; when ground up it gives a rougher texture than plain bread, which makes it perfect to coat anything. I used some akkawi cheese to layer in-between, a white cheese similar to a mozzarella; prior to purchasing it, I had to ask what type it was (Tcheque?) and if it would melt or not. Everything that performs well gets the label ” first door”, otherwise, you threw your money out the window. 

line foil with breadcrumbs

cut potatoes in even slices

line potato slices on top of the breadcrumbs

potatoes golden baked

INGREDIENTS: 8 servings

  • 2 lbs potatoes, half-boiled or cooked
  • 1 lb melting cheese
  • 2 cups of kaak crumbs (or other crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup butter 
  • 1/4 cup zaatar (optional)

Line the greased pan with kaak; line with sliced potatoes then cheese; sprinkle with zaatar or nutmeg or paprika; bake in a preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes. Flip over onto a serving platter; serve warm or hot.

NOTE: Kaak are sold in different shapes and sizes at all Middle Eastern stores.

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  1. Posted October 10, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    Love potatoes as comfort food, and this looks fantastic, so simple too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted October 10, 2013 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    Wow, that is an original recipe. This potato cake is mouthwatering.



  3. Rosanne
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Looks delicious. Are the potatoes pre-boiled?

  4. Posted October 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    You turned the potato into a work of art.

  5. Joumana
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    @Rosanne: Yes, they are partially boiled.

  6. Posted October 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Je l’ai vu sur ton Facebook … Je viens ici piquer la recette ! J’adore !

  7. Radka
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Czech akkawi was for me the biggest surprise in Lebanon – we don’t have anything like that in the Czech Republic (as far as I know). They put it on saaj in Bourj Hammoud and I loved it!

  8. Posted October 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    This is genius. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it….YUM!

  9. Posted October 15, 2013 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    How pretty! Reminds me of the Italian gattò (as in gateau) di patate, although the Italian version uses mashed potatoes and ham.

  10. Posted October 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Excellent web site. Plenty of helpful info here. I am sending it to a
    few friends ans also sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thank you for your sweat!

  11. Posted October 22, 2013 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Looks perfect for my weekend potluck!

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