Saturday, June 7, 2014

Potato & Broccoli Medallions {IKEA Copy-Cat Recipe}

My life. Me: head of table, nose in laptop, editing photos, trying to think up a witty discussion topic to base this blog post around, pouring glass of wine to induce wittiness. Boys: sitting at the same table, making Lochness monsters with play dough, being rough little hellion boys, playing together in the way boys do. Husband: making a party pizza for dinner, planning our next camping trip, molding more monsters for the boy's collection, concerned about how much play dough is ending up on the Persian rug that he perilously retrieved from Qom. And days go by like this. In the slowest, but yet quickest fashion that occasionally breaks my heart to pieces.  

Have you ever had the Ikea version of what I'm trying to recreate here? The Swedish name is: Grönsakskaka. They are bomb. And, unfortunately, the version I whipped up is not nearly as decadent. Way too healthy. The Ikea ones are buttery, creamy, seemingly really bad for you. My version has alotta broccoli. Not bad for you. 

But Ikea is 60 long miles away from me. So I needed to find a version that could satisfy my cravings. Where do you turn when you want to copy cat something? The inter-webs! And cue defeat. The inter-webs are seriously lacking when it comes to Ikea medallion copy cat recipes. So here is my little of this, little of that attempt. My first attempt at recreating the crave-worthy Grönsakskaka had no exciting blog posts to support my mission, just a phone call to my sister-in-law who gave me the ol' thumbs up when I casually (in my head) called her to frantically (in reality) ask her what she thought about my recipe idea. There are a couple forums whining about how there are no good posts or recipes on it, and many people want to recreate this recipe, but there is no really great posts. Let me say, for the record, this will not be the greatest blog post on Grönsakskaka I have a feeling I may be editing this recipe. 
I think next time I will use uncooked potatoes in the mixture and bake them in the medallions raw for a possibly crispier end result, because these had a kinda mashed potato texture. If you need to get rid of leftover mashed poatoes, this would be an EXCELLENT way to do so. 

Ikea's website says that the original has leeks. Wish I had leeks. Then these woulda been so much more yummy. 
The cutest egg ever.
So, here are your easy peesy steps to greatness - right to left. Mash the steamed potato, dice the steamed broccoli, crack an egg, chop some green onions, shred some cheese. 
Stir it all together and you're about 25 minutes away from eating medallions.

Bake for 20-25 minutes and serve with some mayo that has been seasoned with chipotle chili powder. 

Printable Recipe Here

Potato & Broccoli Medallions {Ikea Copy-Cat Recipe}

4 large russet potatoes
1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
2 tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 1/2 cups Swiss cheese, grated
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Peel and chop the potatoes into 1/2" chunks, drop into a medium-sized saucepan that has a tight fitting lid and has been filled with cold water. Set over medium-high heat, covered, bring up to a boil and simmer for 10-12 minutes, until fork tender. Remove potatoes from boiling water to a large mixing bowl to cool slightly.

Rinse out the potato pot, fill with cold water and broccoli florets. Cover and bring up to a boil, remove from heat and steam until fork tender, about 3-4 minutes. Drain broccoli and move to a cutting board, dice finely when cool enough to handle.

Meanwhile, pour the cream over the potatoes, season with salt and pepper. Coarsely mash the poateos with a potato masher. Stir in the broccoli, cheese, green onion, and egg. 

Place a 3" diameter biscuit cutter on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Scoop a heaping tablespoon into the cutter and gently flatten with a spoon. Remove the cutter and continue with the mixture, until it is all gone.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom. Let cool slightly and serve. Excellent served with mayo seasoned with a bit of chipotle chili powder.


  1. Oh my goodness. I might eat that whole tray - love these little bite-size medallions (even if they are healthier) :D

  2. You can eat the whole tray when it's potatoes and broccoli. Guilt free eating, girl!

  3. Your's is the best recipe I have read on line. I am also a cook and after having the IKEA medallions for the first time yesterday, sat there trying to decipher the texture, ingredients and approach in making them at home. You nailed it! Thank you!

    1. Ah, thank you!! I would like to try my hand at 'um again with leeks and more cream next time!! But, seriously - aren't those little medallions seriously SO yummy?!!? I wished mine were a titch creamier. Can you EVER have enough cream?

  4. I will try these. Have been trying to find a recipe after getting the Ikea ones. We have leeks here. But we don't have chickens that lay such pretty blue eggs. Thanks for the great recipe and blog!

  5. Hello im from singapore and those medallions are always the first to disapear. I also want to try this lovely recipe. Considering maybe to dice the potatoes and fry it in butter? Cos the medallions i ate are not mashed but diced and slightly crunchy. Also, when its done from the oven, try to pan fry or deep fry on high heat for a crispier finish (remember not to overbake it if u wana do this mehod)

  6. Pan frying the potatoes is a FANTASTIC idea! You could add leeks to get them all soft and caramelized, too, because the IKEA recipe lists leeks, but I didn't know when to add them. OOOO. I think may have a new cooking task soon to update this post!

  7. thanks for the recipe- I made these tonight and used potatoes that I had baked a few days ago. I peeled and shredded them before adding them to the mixture. this worked really well. just thought I would share.

  8. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Glad you liked them! What an EXCELLENT way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!

  9. I have also been thinking of how to make them!
    I was thinking that I needed to use freeze dried
    potatoes but haven't tried it yet...I found
    them for sale again at our IKEA store!

  10. Are we able to add milk in place of the cream? As I do not know which type of cream we are supposed to use

  11. The cream would be called heavy whipping cream in the states, or double cream if you're in Europe.

  12. I made up my own similar recipe because I too love the Ikea vegetable medallions. They do actually and finally sell them in the food section at the stores now. However, when I made mine, instead of cooking potatoes, I used shredded hash browns. They came out just right.

  13. Thank you so much! Had them for the first time yesterday. I'm close enough to the IKEA here, but want to vary the recipe for even more veggies. I'm thinking to add cauliflower too. I really appreciate your healthier version. After I ate 4 of IKEA's frozen kind, I read the panel and I'd had more calories and fat than I'm allowed all day! LOL But they are delish. Thanks again.

  14. I like it very much! Thank You for this recept! from Russia with love ;)

  15. This is my second time to make this awesome broccoli medallion. But this time I didn't cook my potatoes. I cut it in 1/2 cm cube size then mixed it with the rest of the ingredients and added 1/4 cup flour. I placed it in a prepared cup cake pan. Once it was baked, it came out like the IKEA broccoli medallion.

  16. Made these today for company and they were a big hit. Thanks for the low fat treat.

  17. Just put a muffin tin in the oven, only got 8 out of the batch because I was waiting the mixture out of the bowl! I use ghee (clarified butter), a smallish head broccoli and cauliflower, minced leek, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 1/4 cup light cream and only one diced parboiled Yukon gold potato. Heat the tin to melt the butter, brush all around, add leek, roast a few minutes, then press in the rough vegetable mash...bake about 20 minutes. These were a big hit, can't think of a better way to get kids to eat their vegetables.

  18. Just ate last week and I'm addicted, that's why I'm here! Just like everyone else !! But yes, something so good couldn't be that healthy; ikea is just around the corner for us, but I prefer trying a healthier version!! Thank you x


I'd love to hear all about your kitchen adventures! Xo, Becki