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Chayote-Potato Cakes

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Nutritional Information

6 Servings

Amount Per serving:

Calories 78
Protein 4g
Total fat 3g
Carbs 10g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 216mg
Fiber 2g
Sugars g

In this recipe, chayote, which tastes like a cross between cucumber and zucchini, is shredded with potatoes and blended into skillet vegetable cakes. These cakes make an easy dinner that looks impressive but doesn’t require much time. Once cooked, they should be eaten right away.


  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • Papaya-Avocado Salsa (recipe p40) or Mango Salsa (January '98, p41)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large chayote, shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large boiling potato, peeled and shredded (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small yellow onion, shredded
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric


  1. Place chayote, potato and onion in colander and squeeze out excess moisture. Transfer mixture to medium bowl and mix in eggs, cornmeal and seasonings.
  2. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook cakes in batches, scooping about 1/2 cup into skillet for each cake and pressing down to form 4- to 5-inch disk. Cook until both sides are lightly browned, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer finished cakes to a warm plate and cover. Repeat with remaining mixture, adding more oil to skillet if necessary.
  3. Serve right away with Mango Salsa or Papaya-Avocado Salsa.
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