These little patties are great for adding a little interest to mealtimes, and children love to pick them up. They are great on their own or alongside some of Fiona and Ellie’s other Early Meals such as Pork with Prunes or Chicken, Sweet Potato and Carrot. If you make extra, freeze once pan-fried and then reheat from frozen in the oven as needed, ensuring they are cooked through.

Makes 10 patties
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

  • 300g floury potatoes such as Maris Pipers, peeled and chopped
  • 140g parsnip, peeled and chopped
  • 60g frozen peas (petits pois are best)
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  1. Put the potato and parsnip in a saucepan, cover with water and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the potato feels soft.
  2. 3 minutes before the potato and parsnip are cooked, place the peas in a steamer above the pan and put a lid on top.
  3. Drain the potato and parsnip, and mash with a potato masher to a smooth consistency. Stir in the cooked peas.
  4. Allow the mash to cool a little so you can handle the mixture. With damp hands, so the mixture will not stick to you, form patties by rolling little balls and then pressing down slightly to make a disc shape.
  5. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan over a high heat, and drizzle in a little olive oil. Fry the patties for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. You may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your frying pan.

If not allergic add a little cooked flaked fish such as cod or salmon into the mixture just before forming the patties, to make a fishcake.

The Allergy-Free Baby & Toddler Cookbook: 100 delicious recipes free from dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, gluten, sesame and shellfish by Fiona Heggie and Ellie Lux.
Follow this link to buy it.

**Always check the ingredients of any food you’re cooking with to make sure it doesn’t contain something you or your child should avoid.

More Recipes

  • Italian White Bean Soup with Rosemary

    Jen often has this soup for lunch on a Saturday. It’s quick and nutritious and sets the family up for an afternoon of fun! It’s also really adaptable – so if there are a few vegetables in the bottom of the fridge that need eating up, add those too.

  • Stephanie’s pasta with sausage sauce

    This recipe from Sarah’s mother has become a favourite in The Allergy Team’s households! 


    This is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for those days when you are not sure what to make but know you need to have something on the table quickly!

  • Chocolate-coated strawberries

    To our mind, nothing beats a handmade gift and these are perfect for little hands (with some help) to make as a Valentine’s Day treat or, frankly, any day of the year.

  • Sesame free hummus

    It’s easy to leave sesame (in the form of tahini) out of hummus and still have a really delicious, easy dip. This is one of our favourites!

  • Baked jacket potatoes

    Not so much of a recipe as a reminder not to forget about the humble British spud when you are planning what to feed your family. Potatoes are so versatile, packed with vitamin C and fibre and relatively inexpensive. They’re a great alternative to gluten-free pasta and rice.

Join our mailing list

Join our mailing list

Subscribe To Our Newsletter to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

Age of person with allergies

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

Once you’ve signed up you’ll receive a welcome email from us. If it doesn’t appear in your inbox then please check all your email folders including “spam”.

GDPR and Privacy Policy

Allergies interested in (tick as many as apply)


You have Successfully Subscribed!