Cheesy Kale Hand Pies

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Hand pies are perfect when on the run, out on a picnic, or when off to a pot luck party. Plus, they make very little mess, so they’re an easy food for kids! Kale is an exceptionally healthy superfood, and when it is sautèed with garlic and anchovies, all three ingredients’ essential flavors shine. Choose any low-fat cheese that melts quickly, so that when you bite into these hand pies, the cheese oozes out. Delicious!

Cheesy Kale Hand Pies

Cheesy Kale Hand Pies

Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 1 pastry square | Calories: 208 | Total Fat: 12 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 60 mg | Sodium: 134 mg | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 0 g | Protein: 16 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 salted anchovy fillets, optional
  • 3 cups kale, chopped
  • Pepper
  • 1 store-bought rectangular puff pastry
  • Pepper
  • 4 slices of low-fat cheese
  • 1 egg


  1. Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the garlic and anchovies, if using. When the anchovies have melted (or if not using, immediately add the kale), cook the kale until the leaves are wilted, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with pepper. If it is becoming too dry, add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil. When cooked, set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 395 degrees F.
  3. Divide the puff pastry to 9 equal square pieces. Discard one because you will be needing 8 only.
  4. Place the spoonfuls of kale at the center of each of the 4 puff pastry squares. You will be using the other 4 as covers.
  5. Top with a slice of cheese each.
  6. Use the other 4 square puff pastries to cover the ones with the kale filling.
  7. Using the tines of the fork, press all the sides of the puff pastries to seal them. Prick the top parts too.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk the egg then brush it on top of the hand pies.
  9. Place the hand pies on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Serve warm while the cheese is melted.

Here are More Healthy Kale Recipes:

Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties

Orange Glazed Salmon With Wilted Kale

Kale Slaw with Toasted Walnuts

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Leek Gratin

Creamy Kale Potato Salad

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