Fried Ham Cakes

    20 minutes

    Leftover ham at Easter or Christmas? This is a fantastic breakfast, rich and warm and great with black coffee.

    16 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 cups finely diced ham
    • 1 onion, finely diced
    • 300g frozen diced broccoli, thawed and drained
    • 3 eggs, beaten
    • 2 teaspoons aniseed
    • 2 teaspoons dried basil
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 3/4 cup polenta
    • 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a large bowl combine the ham, onion, broccoli and beaten eggs. Mix with hands for 1 full minute, or until eggs are evenly absorbed into meat.
    2. Sprinkle aniseed, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, polenta and cheese over meat mixture and mix again with hands for 1 full minute, until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
    3. Heat oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Form mix into 6 patties about 1 cm thick. Lay patties in frypan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes each side, or until browned. Drain on paper towels. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used, then serve hot.

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    This was excellent. It can be adapted to use other vegetables such as grated carrot or spinach. The cakes can be frozen and taken to work for a quick lunch, heating them up in a microwave.  -  16 Nov 2000  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I did not have many of the ingredients, but this got me going with the ham. While I loved the way mine turned out (5 stars), the kids did not. My version: Ham, fresh zuchini, fresh celery, a little swiss cut up and parmesan. I did not have onion or anise. But this seems to be a very versital recipe once you have the basics. So for me Great!  -  04 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wow, way too much anise seed! The flavor of anise overwhelmed everything else, which is unfortunate when these are supposed to be HAM cakes. On the plus side, they cook up nice and crispy, and are not difficult to make. I would suggest chopping the broccoli fairly fine so the cakes hold together better. The recipe has possibilities, but the anise seed has to be removed from front and center.  -  23 Apr 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)