Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato and Spinach Patties

There was a spinach sale earlier that day.

Let me begin with a disclaimer: we think about food a lot in our family. It’s something we enjoy, and something we experiment with. So, it came as no surprise when, later that day, my husband came home from a run and said, “While I was running I just thought of spinach patties!” Hmm, spinach and what, became the question. Well, sweet potatoes are a staple at our home, so it had to be done.

We had the most beautiful, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes at hand, and an army to feed.

Raw ingredients for spinach patties
Veg + fresh herbs =  a formidable combination ♥

What you’ll need:

  • 2 – 3 orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, steamed
  • 1 bunch of spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fine black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 cups chana flour (chickpea flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • oil, for frying

What you’ll do:

  1. Peel and grate the sweet potatoes. Putting it through a food processor with the grating attachment fixed, is the quickest and easiest way. Place them in a colander over a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, to steam lightly.
  2. Prepare flax eggs by combining 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with about 5 tablespoons water. Stir to combine. You’ll notice that it turns to a paste. Set aside.
  3. While the potatoes are steaming, remove the spinach leaves from its stalks, and chop finely. Chop herbs.
  4. Remove sweet potatoes from colander and place in a large bowl. Add spinach, herbs, spice, salt and garlic.
  5. Add dry ingredients, flax eggs, and water.
  6. Mix all ingredients together until it binds. Protip: because the spinach is raw, and it being a rough leaf, you may want to use your hand to aid the process 😉
  7. Heat a non-stick pan on a fairly high temperature and add a few tablespoons of oil of choice. We used Rice Bran oil and found it to be light and subtle in flavour. Using a table or dessert spoon, scoop the mixture into the pan, frying 3-4 patties at a time. Flip after a minute or two, remove when done.
OurCraves_Initial frying
The initial fry: a peek into the raw patty’s consistency

Makes 40 palm-sized patties. Now I know that that’s a large number, but of all cooking practices, frying things is my least favourite, so when I do, I fulfill my quota for a while, haha. These keep well and were combined with salsa and carmelised onions on brown rolls for yummy burgers that night… and the next day! 🙂

OurCraves_Patties Final
Sweet potato and Spinach Patties: Stack ’em. Bun ’em. Snack ’em. Your choice!


0 Replies to “Orange-fleshed Sweet Potato and Spinach Patties”

  1. They look really good

    1. Thanks so much, Izzie! Let us know if you make them 🙂
      Just took a peek at your site, it’s so lovely. ♥

      1. Thank you, it’s a work in progress of course 🙂

  2. This looks so so good!! Great recipe.

    1. Thank you, Angie! Hope you’ll try it, sometime 😉

    1. Thanks so much, Maisie! Hope you’re having a great day ?

  3. [ Smiles ] I wouldn’t mind eating this vegan recipe!

    1. Thanks Renard! Definitely give vegan food a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised ?

      1. [ Smiles ] Hey, I am a vegan; therefore I eat vegan food on a daily basis.

        And, you are welcome!

  4. Wholly delicious looking. I want to make these right NOW!!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! ? I hope you do ??

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