Friday, June 3, 2011

Quinoa Patties

When Jesse found this recipe in my newest cookbook, I was not overly optimistic about these little guys, I have to admit. Sure, I love quinoa, and anything in patty form is inherently adorable. But the idea of simple grain patties just seemed kind of dry and flavorless - like one of those veggie burgers from a box. Not bad tasting, but not really good, either.

Well, I was very, very pleasantly surprised. So much so that I sighed audibly with the first bite, and even our highly carnivorous toddler devoured a whole patty without hesitation. These are delicious - they're moist and flavorful and equally good warm or cold. Heidi suggests serving them with a smear of avocado or a tahini dipping sauce. We decided on a simple yogurt sauce, with cream cheese, fresh chives, garlic and lemon juice. It was a good decision.

Quinoa Patties
Adapted from Super Natural Everyday, by Heidi Swanson
Makes about a dozen

 3 cups cooked quinoa
4 large beaten eggs
pinch sea salt
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1 onion, minced (make sure to mince it finely)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh grated is key here)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup breadcrumbs, unseasoned
1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix everything together except the olive oil (using your hands works well here).
Let them sit a little while so the breadcrumbs can absorb the moisture - they should not be crumbly. If they are, mix in a little water.

Form into 12 balls, and flatten. 
Cook in olive oil until browned, then flip and repeat.


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