One of my favorite Peruvian dishes is called papa rellena (“stuffed potato” in Spanish). This dish is of Arab descent, and consists of mashed potato dough formed into the shape of a football, filled with minced meat, and pan-fried. I like it filled with soy meat, cheese, or vegetables, and always with rice on the side and salsa criolla on top (Peruvians serve absolutely everything with rice on the side and salsa criolla on top!)
The other day I had a bunch of kale in the fridge, and I started imagining all the dishes I could make with them. Papa rellena was one of the first ideas that came to mind, because a kale stir-fry would be a wonderful filling for this dish. This idea then deviated into a bite-size version that one could serve at a dinner party to feed some delicious, seasonal kale to their guests. This is how these patties were created. I hope you enjoy them!
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