Trinxat (Cabbage and Potato cake – a winter dish from the Cerdanya

Trinxat, in Catalan, means chopped or shredded and was traditionally eaten in the mountains in winter to keep the cold out. A economical and tasty dish.

  • Savoy or green cabbage
  • 10 thick slices of salt pork or bacon, diced
  • 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

Boil the cabbage and potato until well done and very tender. Mash both ingredients together with a potato masher. Season to taste with salt, and set aside. In a frying pan, lightly brown salt pork or bacon on both sides, drain on kitchen roll and set aside. Fry garlic, in olive oil until soft, 2-3 minutes; then add oil and garlic to cabbage mixture, mixing until thoroughly combined, but still a bit chunky; Stir in the bacon or salt pork Drop the mixture into hot oil by large spoonfuls, pat into smooth patties with a spatula and fry until browned on both sides, or mound onto a serving platter without frying and garnish with any left over bacon.

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