Bacon Potato Pancake with Toasted Corn Salsa

Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack

At a Glance

  • Potato Type: Yellow
  • Prep Method: Pan Fried
  • Cuisine: Latin / Hispanic
  • Yield: 12
  • Prep Time:
  • Ready Time:
  • Cook Time:

Recipe By:

This recipe, courtesy of Simply Gourmet, was part of the Amazing Appetizers Culinary Challenge at Eat, Write, Retreat.


  • 1 ½ pounds yellow potatoes, diced, peeling optional
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or white rice flour for gluten free)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • Avocado Cream–recipe below
  • Grilled Corn Salsa–recipe below


In a large pot, add diced potatoes and fill with water until just above potatoes. Bring to a boil. When potatoes are done (they can be split with a fork) DRAIN the water.  Let the potatoes dry out in the pot for a minute or two.

Fry up your bacon and cut into small pieces. Save the grease and use this for frying up the potato pancakes.  (I always keep my bacon grease; I do have extra if I need more while frying up the pancakes.)

In a medium bowl, combine the bacon, green onion, cheese, egg, flour, salt, and pepper.

Using a potato ricer, rice the potatoes into the bowl with the other ingredients.  Stir to combine. The consistency will be very thick. Use an ice cream scoop to portion the pancakes, then shape them into 2-inch disks.

Using bacon grease in a pan, fry the potato pancakes until they are golden brown.  Remove them to a wire rack over paper towels.

Top with avocado cream and grilled corn salsa.

Avocado Cream (Makes 2 cups)

  • 2 ripe avocados 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream ½ teaspoon salt to
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Combine avocado, sour cream, lime juice, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder into a small bowl. Mash with fork, and then whip until smooth with a wire whisk. If you have one, you can use a food processor.


Toasted Corn Salsa

  • 1(14.5) can yellow corn, drained well (you can also substitute fresh grilled corn)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons small-dice orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup small-dice red onion
  • 1 teaspoon light olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Heat a cast-iron pan until very hot. Add the corn and toast on all sides, stirring frequently so it does not burn. Remove once it has a nice brown color. In a medium bowl, add corn and the remaining ingredients. Serve hot or cold.

Calories: 209 Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 30mg Sodium: 511mg Vitamin C: 38% Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 3g Protein: 6g Potassium: 648mg

Review This Recipe

Review this Recipe

  • Please enter a whole number from 1 to 5
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.