mashed potato spinach patties

Today’s recipe is an idea inspired by my mom.  We were talking about what to make this week, and she suggested potato pancakes [aka latkes] in the spirit of Passover.  The last time I pulled out my grater to make latkes, I distinctly remember my arm feeling like it was going to fall off and nearly shaving off half my hand.

Soon after, I realized I have a grater attachment for my food processor.  Fail.

But in case you don’t have a food processor or a grater, I created this easy mashed potato patty recipe.  No flour, eggs, flax, or any other binding ingredient is needed.  The starches from the potato are enough to hold everything together.

As we made these, completely guessing on amounts of ingredients, I didn’t feel too optimistic.  I thought they were going to end up a bland + boring.

But that was not the case at all!

These 5 ingredient patties [okay, 7 if you include salt + pepper] are gluten free, Passover, and vegan friendly! 






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Mashed Potato Spinach Patties

vegan, gluten-free // yields 10 medium patties

  • 4 cups red potatoes, cubed ~1” [skins on]
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach, finely chopped [measured after chopping]
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1.5 Tablespoons ghee [butter, earth balance, or oil]
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • oil for the pan ~1 Tablespoon
  1. Wash and cube the potatoes, then steam in a covered pot until tender.  Test with a fork.  ~12-18min
  2. Add the ghee [or the substitute of your choice] and finely mash with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Mix in the spinach, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Form into tightly packed patties between both hands and flatten between your palms.
  5. Preheat a large sauté pan with 1/2-1 Tablespoon of oil over medium heat.
  6. Gently place the patties in the pan and lightly flatten with a flat spatula.  Be careful not to press too hard and avoid overcrowding the pan for easier flipping.
  7. Cook for about 5min per side, or until golden brown.
  8. Top and serve to your liking.

notes:  By using Earth Balance or a tasteless oil this recipe can be made vegan.  It’s important to finely chop the spinach and onion or they will have a hard time holding in the patties.  Let fully cool before refrigerating.  You can also tightly wrap the cooled patties and store in a sealed container and freeze.  Let thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven at 350* until hot.

Toppings are definitely not necessary but they are delicious.  Here are a few ideas:

  • avocado or guacamole
  • ketchup
  • sunny side up or poached eggs
  • parmesan/cheddar cheese
  • goat cheese
  • marinara sauce

Tomorrow, my mom and I are heading out to Vail, Colorado for a fun overnight trip.  She’s in need of a little rest + relaxation, and we found an amazing deal on a 4 star hotel through Hotwire.  We just spent the past hour figuring out where we’re going to eat!  The weather has been unusually warm lately and is even in the 60’s in Vail right now.  I’m off to pack a few things and snack on Wednesday’s blog recipe which involves a heck of a lot of coconut.  Stay tuned!

Ashley [and mom!]