05 October 2014


It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club! The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers who secretly make one of someone else's dishes and post them all on the same day at the same time.  It's really fun, choosing a recipe to make, making the recipe, then reading about everyone else's recipes.  It's a great way to "meet" other bloggers and check out some great blogs that you never knew about before.  

This month I was assigned the blog My Hobbie Lobbie, written by Trisha.  Trisha is Indian, but living in Australia.  Cool!  I found so many yummy things on her blog.  I really wanted to make an Indian dish, so I was drawn to her Chole (garbanzo bean curry).  But I also love potatoes, so her Hasselback Potatoes definitely caught my eye.  I also thought her Beef Cutlets sounded delicious.  In the end, I decided to combine Indian cuisine, potatoes, and beef  and make her Potato Chops. The best of all three worlds!  Potato Chops are curried potatoes, wrapped around Indian-spiced beef, then breaded and pan-fried.  I knew my family would love this.  The beef filling she used for her potato chops was very similar to the Keema that I make regularly, so I just used a quarter batch of that for the beef part.  

Potato Chops

1 tsp canola oil
¼ large onion, diced
¼ lbs. lean ground beef
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
½ tbsp Garam Masala 
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt, to taste
½ cup frozen peas, thawed
4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
¼ tsp curry powder
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup seasoned dry breadcrumbs
2-3 tbsp canola oil

Heat the 1 tsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened and golden. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon until brown and cooked through. Drain off grease.  Add the garlic, ginger, Garam Masala, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Cook, stirring regularly, for 3-5 minutes until tomatoes are softened and flavors are combined. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and more Garam Masala if desired.  Add the peas and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until the peas are softened without being mushy.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Meanwhile, boil potatoes.  Drain and mash.  Stir in curry powder, cilantro, and salt to taste.  While potatoes are still warm, take about ⅓ cup, roll it into a ball, and flatten it to form a patty shape.  Make a well in the middle and place about 2 tbsp of the beef mixture there, gently folding up the sides of the potato patty to completely cover the beef and peas.  Handle the patties gently, as they are delicate and fall apart easily.  After making each patty, dip them in the beaten egg, then coat in the breadcrumbs.  

Heat 2-3 tbsp oil over medium heat in a large skillet.  Place patties in the skillet and cook until they are golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes.  Very carefully flip the patties and cook on the other side until browned.  Remove to a serving platter.  Serve warm.

Makes 6 patties.

I know that looks like a long list of ingredients, but these are really pretty simple to make.  You are simply browning ground beef, adding spices and peas, then wrapping mashed potatoes around it and pan-frying them.  Really not difficult at all.

The beef filling.  I left the tomatoes out of the recipe I usually use, worried that they might be too wet for this application.

One of the patties before breading and frying.  Isn't the color gorgeous?  And I love the flecks of green from the cilantro.

I served these patties over Indian-Spiced Spinach, a recipe from a fellow SRC member.  Hi Sara!  My husband and oldest daughter loved these patties and the spinach too.  My four-year-old didn't eat it, but she doesn't like potatoes and was being picky that day anyway.  This was actually my husband's birthday meal.  I had it on my meal plan the week before, but when he saw it posted on the fridge, he asked if I could make it on his birthday instead.  Unfortunately, the weather was beautiful and sunny the day I had planned to make it, but cloudy and super windy the day of his birthday, so my pics aren't great, but I was happy to oblige the birthday boy.

Thanks so much, Trisha, for an awesome Indian meal!


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  1. Those sound really interesting! I've never cooked with garam masala before, but I've heard that it's really flavorful!

  2. Couscous & ConsciousnessOctober 6, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Great choice. This just made me feel so nostalgic. This is a dish my grandmother, who grew up in India, used to often make for us when we were kids. It was our absolute favourite.

  3. This is one of my absolute favorites to make and features regularly at most of the gatherings / parties and they are pretty well received. I'm so glad you like them. :)

  4. What a fantastic choice!! Looks delicious, Lesa! :D (Kelly from Group A) :D

  5. This looks awesome! Such a tasty dish...love the flavors.

  6. Wow, I have found SO many recipes I want to make in this reveal. Those sound incredibly good. Something I will definitely have to try out on my husband; he loves curry.

  7. How interesting! I think they sound delicious, but I live with people like your 4 year old....

  8. this sounds delicious! i was guessing it was trisha's recipe as soon as i saw the photo since it looked indian to me :)