Baked Collard Green Potato Cakes (Vegan)Posted: May 17, 2012 Filed under: Gluten Free, Sides, Vegan, Vegetarian, Veggies | Tags: baked potato cakes, collard green potato cakes, collard greens, easy, potato cakes, potatoes, side dish, vegan 3 Comments
I had a bad night last night. One dose of terribly sad news mixed with a dose of mean-spirited, unsolicited criticism from some jerk on Facebook left me living out the whole “We Cry” part of our blog title.
After a restless, tear-filled night, I decided to spend the day doing things that are joyful and comforting.
I swung Jackson on the swing at the park, tickling his chunky little thighs as he swung toward me and making swishing noises as he swung away. He smiled. I smiled. He giggled. I giggled.
Later, we left the hose in his water table running with total disregard for being “green” (sorry planet), creating a waterfall with the overflow. Jackson curiously poked his hand through the cascading water, then got down into a crouching position with his tush in the air and his face almost to the ground and watched the water come down, the droplets splashing against the concrete patio.
We snuggled and read silly books about farm animals. Snorting like a pig gets big laughs around here these days.
We shared a snack from last night’s southern comfort food leftovers, topping collard green potato cakes with a little bit of avocado and a dash of hot sauce (for me). Collard greens, potatoes, and hot sauce…now that’s southern comfort and southern delish!
Today was a much better day, a “We Laugh” kind of day.
Collard Green Potato Cakes
Makes 12 potato cakes
4 potatoes, diced into large chunks
1 T. vegan butter (i.e. Earth Balance)
1/4 white onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch of collard greens (or kale), chopped into small pieces
2 t. Vegan Wing Sauce* or Hot Sauce (vinegar would work too, if you don’t like spicy food)
Salt & Pepper
Heat oven to 400.
Put the chopped potatoes in a large sauce pan, cover with water, cover and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and return to the pan. Add vegan butter and mash the potatoes, leaving them just a little bit chunky.
Coat a large skillet with olive oil and heat to medium, add onions, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cook until onions are translucent. Add the collard greens. (You may have to add a little at a time. The greens will shrink in size after a few minutes, making room in the pan to add more.) Drizzle on the wing or hot sauce. Add a little more olive oil, salt & pepper. Cook until the greens are wilted. Pour onion and greens mixture into the potatoes and combine well.
Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Form potato cakes (about the size of a small burger) with your hands and place them on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with avocado if you’d like and a splash of hot sauce. Alternatively, you can pan fry them in a little bit of oil on medium heat. I tried it both ways and both were great, but baking is healthier and easier in my opinion.
*Frank’s Wing Sauce is vegan, despite the “natural butter flavoring” listed in the ingredients. If you are vegan, make sure to read the ingredients on wing sauce, some do contain dairy.
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Sounds like a great recipe. I am just now following this blog on the reccomendation from my cousin. I am trying to go vegetarian, but I am sitting at Fords drive in at Great Falls Mt. Eating a hamburger fries and malt. Does grass fed beef count as vegetarian?
Hi, Scott! You sound like my mom! 🙂 Actually, she is doing every other day vegetarian right now and really likes it. A burger one day, lots of veggies to clear the system the next. I found it easier for me to just give it all up at once. I don’t think there is a right way to do it. Mostly, I think you need to feel like you know why you want to be vegetarian and arm yourself with lots of research to keep you motivated. Again, there is no one right reason to go give up meat so what motivates me might not be what motivates you. Making veggies taste delicious will be what keeps you going though, so hopefully we can help you out in that department!
The protective Mother Lioness in me sure comes out when somebody attacks my daughter in any way, shape or form! “Just let me at ’em!!!” But I know there is nothing better than a pretty day, a darling baby, and a good southern home cookin’ to bring back the laughter. These look awesome! Love to you and hug my grandbaby!