Sweet Potato and Kale Croquettes

Sweet Potato and Kale Croquettes recipe by Annabel Karmel


Sweet Potato and Kale Croquettes

Most babies are open to trying new foods. However, it can be tricky getting them to enjoy eating leafy green vegetables, so that’s why I’ve created these super-tasty veggie sweet potato and kale croquettes. Kale is such a bona fide superfood that it would be hard to find a reason to keep it off your child’s menu.

Flex it… If you don’t have kale, you can use other nutritious greens such as cabbage or Swiss chard. Replace the mushrooms with red pepper for added beta-carotene.

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2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 small onion, chopped
100g mushrooms, chopped
1 medium carrot, grated
20g kale, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
150g baking potato, pricked
150g sweet potato, pricked
50g fresh breadcrumbs or wheat- or gluten-free breadcrumbs
30g Cheddar cheese or dairy-free alternative, grated
Plain flour or gluten-free flour, to coat


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion, mushrooms, carrot, kale, and garlic, and fry for 5 minutes over a medium heat. Leave to cool.
  2. Cook the potatoes in a microwave for 10 minutes until soft. Leave to cool, then scoop out the potato flesh into a bowl.
  3. Add the cooked vegetables, breadcrumbs, and cheese and mix together until blended. Shape into 14 small croquettes and roll in the flour.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Fry the croquettes for 3–4 minutes, until golden on all sides and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool before serving.
  5. When needed, thaw overnight in the fridge or leave out for a few hours at room temperature. Reheat in an oven preheated to 180ºC (fan 160ºC), gas 4 for 10–12 minutes.

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