Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 2 cakes)

Try not to mash the potatoes when mixing. Chunkier potatoes add delightful texture.

How to Make It

Step 1

Place potato in a medium saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above potato; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Combine potato, cheeses, salt, and black pepper in a medium bowl, and toss to combine (do not mash).

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add kale, onions, and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until kale is tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with red pepper and paprika. Add kale mixture to potato mixture, stirring to combine. Wipe pan clean with paper towels.

Step 3

Divide potato mixture into 8 equal portions; gently shape each portion into a 1-inch-thick patty. Return nonstick skillet to medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 4 patties to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Remove from pan, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and remaining 4 patties.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


May 17, 2016
This recipe is great. You just have to be careful that as they brown in the pan that you scrape it from sticking, otherwise they will fall apart. Mine stayed together pretty well. They were so tasty.

Excellent, delicious and easy.

April 26, 2016
I love finding tasty, easy vegetarian recipes--and this one is great. The patties are delicate, but mine held together--I made sure they were definitely browned before flipping them in my very nonstick pan. Both my 9 year old son and husband liked them a lot too.

Going to try these tonight

April 15, 2016
These look great.  I might put them under the grill rather than pan fry them.  they might hold together better


April 05, 2016
Flavor wise, was wonderful! But as the other users stated, it DID fall apart very easily. The first round of 4 patties I made I had to rearrange back into a patty on the spatula before I flipped it. They held together well enough once the second side was cooked. The SECOND round of patties held together much better, which to me, suggests that the patties should be left to sit for a bit before cooking.


February 22, 2016
Followed the directions precisely, but the patties fell apart in the pan. Turned into a mess.


January 07, 2016
Great taste! A few of the cakes fell apart slightly when I flipped them, but the taste was so good that I didn't mind the less-than-perfect presentation! 

Smokey potato cakes

November 05, 2015
The potato cakes were delicious. I added some panko crumbs for crunchiness. Make sure you use nonstick because they can stick to pan.