Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quinoa Patties

I really like quinoa, especially since it is a complete protein itself. But, I feel a lot of the recipes I try I am not a fan of, they end up too dry.
But this is one of the best quinoa dishes I have had. I also really like this one and this one.

We served these delicious patties with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onion, olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

Baked Quinoa Patties

From 101 Cookbooks

Makes about 12 patties

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature ( 5 oz dried, or a little less than 1 cup)
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/3 cup/ .5 oz /15 g finely chopped fresh chives ( or green onions)
1/3 cup /.5 oz /15 g finely chopped fresh dill ( I a couple teaspoons dried)
1 cup / 1.5 oz /45 g finely chopped kale
1 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon (toasted) cumin
1 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup / 3.5 oz /100 g whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
water or a bit of flour, if needed

1/3 cup / .5 oz / 15 g crumbled feta

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter

Preheat oven to 400F / 200C.

Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, dill, kale, onion, garlic, and cumin. Stir well.

Add the baking powder and bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture.

Gently stir in the feta.

At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into twelve 1-inch / 2.5cm thick patties. I err on the very moist side because it makes for a not-overly-dry patty, but you can add more bread crumbs, a bit at a time, to firm up the mixture, if need be. Conversely, a bit more beaten egg or water can be used to moisten the mixture. If you're still having trouble getting the mixture to hold - mix in flour, a couple tablespoons at a time.

Oil a baking sheet, and arrange the patties with a bit of space between each. Bake for ~20 minutes, or until the bottoms are brown. Flip and bake for another 5 minutes.

Enjoy hot, or allow to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.

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