08. October 2015 · Comments Off on More food to go: potato cakes au velo · Categories: embrace the bike, Food

A number of readers were very interested in the baked rice balls I made the other day for my long bike ride from Skratch Labs’ Feed Zone Portables, and I promised to follow up with another recipe.

Last weekend was another big brick session with another mammoth bike ride: 50 min swim, 5 hour bike, 50 min run.  I was dealing with the usual Florida heat issues, but also a massively unpleasant headwind the whole second half of the ride.  I mean, a killer headwind that had me crawling. It was ugly.

In anticipation of yet another long day on the bike, I tried out another recipe from Feed Zone Portables. This time I made mashed potato cakes, and they were really very decent.

Mashed Potato Cakes

1 cup instant potato flakes (I’d never heard of these, but it’s just dehydrated potato and sold in supermarkets, who knew? very easy)

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

1/4 teaspoon tarragon

1 vegetable bouillon cube in 1 1/2 cups hot water

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped cooked bacon (I left this out)

Mix potato flakes, parmesan, and tarragon in a bowl.  Add the veg stock, then the eggs and stir quickly until all combined. Batter is somewhat thick and lumpy.

Spoon the batter onto a hot griddle to make small cakes.  Cook 5-6 minutes per side, until golden brown.


These cakes were a winner.  They had the consistency of pancakes on the outside, but when you bit into them, it was still just mashed potato, meaning they were nice and creamy and really easy to swallow while out on the bike, and washed down quickly with a gulp of water. They tasted good – just like a big dollop of mashed potato. They were easy to unwrap and cram into my mouth and they didn’t take up much space in my jersey.

Nutrition per serving

The above recipe says it makes 10-12 cakes, which calculates to 2-3 per serving.  My batch came to 10 cakes, so I went with 2 per serving.

Energy 125 cal  Fat  5g  Sodium 349mg  Carbs 13g  Fiber 1g  Protein 6g  Water  70%

These were a winner!

Tom did the same brick session on Monday. He had mostly conventional energy food on the bike – gels, chews, and bars – but said his stomach was a bit queasy when he finished the bike and was about to start his run. He couldn’t face another gel, but he saw these cakes sitting in the fridge and grabbed two. He stuffed them down before his run, said they tasted good and actually settled his stomach, and then had a great brick run.


A dorky photo at about 50 miles into the brick ride.

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