Carolina Fish Cakes

3 cups water
2 potatoes, peeled
1/3 cup minced onion
1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons butter
3 1/2 cups cooked cod, boned and flaked
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Reserve 1 cup mashed potatoes; discard remainder.

In a large saucepan, saute onion, green and red bell pepper and celery in butter over medium high heat until tender. Turn heat to low and fold in flaked fish. Slowly mix in flour, cheese, Old Bay seasoning, dry mustard, salt, pepper, mashed potatoes and milk. Mix gently but thoroughly. Remove pan from heat.

With floured hands shape batter into cakes 1/2 inch by 3 inches. Coat with breadcrumbs.

If you are baking the fish cakes bake them for 10 minutes, flip the cakes and bake another 15 minutes until golden brown.

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