Mashed Potato Cakes with Onions and Kale!

Today I tried this recipe from It is a great, healthy, light recipe for dinner (but can also be used as an appetizer or for lunch!). I modified it slightly to make it even healthier, and my modified recipe is below (edits are in purple) You can find the original at this link. Hope you enjoy it! 


  • 12  cups  water (I only needed about 8 cups)
  • 1  bunch kale, trimmed (about 4 ounces) – I ended up using closer to 6 or 7 oz
  • 2 2/3  cups  (1-inch) cubed Yukon gold or red potato (about 1 pound) – I used 5 small red potatoes, and I left the skins on for extra fiber!
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt, divided
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  butter or stick margarine – I left out the butter – you don’t need it to saute the onions/sage and you still get great flavor from the olive oil while saving on fat/calories!
  • 3  cups  diced onion
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4  cup  sliced green onions
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Sage sprigs (optional)
  • Parmesean cheese (optional)
  • Ketchup (optional)


  1. Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven; add kale. Cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Remove kale with a slotted spoon, reserving cooking liquid. Chop kale and set aside.
  2. Add potato to reserved cooking liquid in pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain; partially mash potatoes. Stir in kale and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°.
  4. Heat oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, diced onion, and chopped sage. Cook 13 minutes or until browned. Combine potato mixture, onion mixture, green onions, and pepper in the pan. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Divide potato mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Place patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat broiler.
  6. Broil patties for 5 minutes or until browned. For 4 of the patties, I topped them with 1 Tbsp each of fresh, grated parmesean for some variety. Tasted great! Garnish with sage sprigs, and serve with ketchup if desired (it tasted super yummy with ketchup!)

Nutritional Information 

  • Serving size: 2 patties
  • Calories: 246 (for 2 patties)
  • Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fiber: 5g


Ready to eat!


Filed under Picky Cooks (Favorite Recipes)

2 responses to “Mashed Potato Cakes with Onions and Kale!

  1. Always looking for new ways to use kale! Will definitely try – love it with the potatoes.

  2. I really like kale and potatoes too — actually, sneaking kale into mashed potatoes is how I got my dad to try kale. Usually I’ll cook potatoes with kale, mash them up, and then blend in some garlic sauteed in olive oil. This looks similar, but with more seasonings. I bet the sage is good.

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