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Cheddar & Chives Potato Bread

cheddar chive potato breadWe loooooooooove this potato bread recipe and I am on a mission to test out some different variations. My first attempt at making these sweet little gems was back in October and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them. I actually sat down and made a list of all the different ingredients I could mix with these. Some of them stay true to old Irish traditions while others might be a little more modern. Either way, I have a feeling they will be yummy. I have a feeling I’ll be whipping up more of these come March.

cooking cheddar chive potato breadI keep telling myself in March I am going to do a 30-day cooking challenge. One Irish recipe every day for the month of March. I’m still trying to figure out how exactly I am going to pull it off because I can’t make boiled dinner , potato or soda bread every week! On the other hand, that is part of the challenge. So, we shall see. I think it will be fun and I’ll get to learn more about my heritage.

Now, let us get going on these cakes here in front of us. For some reason I call them cakes here at home. Just don’t want to confuse you with potato cakes that are like pancakes. Bread is what the recipe calls them so we’ll still with that. I’ll try not to slip and call them cakes 😉

We love them so much I have to not only double the batch, but make two batches and cook them at the same time!

two racks of potato cheddar breadThese are so warm and wonderful, it’s hard to eat just one. But, they are starchy, carby, thanks to all those wonderful potatoes so it’s easy to get full quick. I like making extras because they are nice to warm up for breakfast the next morning.

Cheddar & Chives Potato Bread

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.75 from 4 votes
Course Bread
Cuisine Irish


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 4 tbsp bacon fat
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup colby-jack shredded
  • 2-3 green onions/chives slices


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together.
  • Add the potatoes and mix ingredients.
  • Melt the bacon fat and pour in.
  • Knead lightly.
  • Add a little flour to your countertop so the dough doesn’t stick.
  • Place dough on counter.
  • Add the cheddar cheese. By this time the bacon fat has cooled so your cheese is less likely to melt.
  • Knead your dough again.
  • Divide dough into balls shape into patties.
  • Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place patties on baking sheet.
  • Use your knife to make the traditional criss-cross shape on the top. The Irish did this to bless their bread. It is also completely optional.
  • Sprinkle colby-jack and green onions/chives on top of each potato bread.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.



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    1. I love my potatoes! I just wish I could eat more of them.
      I’m obsessed with the movie ‘Julie and Julia.’ I have been wanting to do a cooking challenge for a long time. I had an Irish website but I just couldn’t keep up with it. I ended up closing it down. I was going to do a recipe-day-type thing back then when I had no idea who Julie was. I just think it would be a lot of fun. A challenge, but still a lot of fun.

  1. 5 stars
    I have never heard of potato bread before. I must be living under a rock….it sounds like something I would like, though.

  2. These look and sound really good. I have not heard of potato bread until now I will have to try this recipe out.

  3. 5 stars
    That looks amazing. While I want to make this immediately, I’m going to hold out until it’s the dead of winter. THEN I’m gonna fire up some hot, toasty deliciousness.

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