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Baked Quinoa Patties!

October 26, 2012

Hey CSA’ers! So it’s been a while since we have posted on here, but the fall weather brings on the culinary urge and we figured it time to share some recipes. This
recipe for baked quinoa patties comes from Heidi over at 101 cookbooks, and will sure keep you nice and full and these ever cooling evenings.

I sometimes add more egg from my share to keep the quinoa sticking together right, and I always mix up the filling. For fall I cooked pieces of squash with goat cheese, caramelized onions that got added to the quinoa. I normally serve it with a regular green salad.

 

   PHOTO BY ROSE E MARTIN (borrowed from fig and fauna)

Baked Quinoa Patties

HS: I baked these, but you can pan-fry them in a skillet** if you like – it’s a bit quicker, but requires more of your attention. I’ve included those instructions at the bottom of the recipe.

2 1/2 cups / 12 oz /340 g cooked quinoa, at room temperature*
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/3 cup/ .5 oz /15 g finely chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup /.5 oz /15 g finely chopped fresh dill
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.

Makes about a dozen patties.
*To cook quinoa: Combine 2 cups/ 12 oz/340 g of well-rinsed uncooked quinoa with 3 cups / 700 ml water and 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, decrease the heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues.

**Alternately, you can cook the patties in a skillet. Here’s how – Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add 6 patties, if they’ll fit with some room between each, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are deeply browned. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes and continue to cook until the patties are browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties. Alternatively, the quinoa mixture keeps nicely in the refrigerator for a few days; you can cook patties to order, if you prefer.

Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 25 min
The original recipe can be found here

YUM

Happy Fall Y’all!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2012 10:53 am

    Lovely photo!

  2. October 26, 2012 11:44 am

    wow, looks yummy! i love quinoa! going to have quinoa salad for lunch as a matter of fact. 😉

  3. October 26, 2012 11:53 am

    Those look like they’d be lovely as a snack or as a delicious side with other things for breakfast!

  4. October 27, 2012 12:12 am

    Those look great. I’d like to try them and bet they freeze well also.

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