So if you haven’t figured it out by now, you will definitely see in the coming weeks that I’m only slightly obsessed with Heidi Swanson and her blog 101 Cookbooks. Also her cookbooks. Also her. Okay, maybe its not only slightly….
Her quinoa patties are something I’ve come back to again and again and again. I tell people to make them all the time. Not only does it give you an excuse to make too much quinoa but its also an easy snack, great side dish or even the main event – say on a sandwich or served straight. These can be fried or baked. I’ll describe the frying here but I’ll put the baking directions at the end.
Little Quinoa Patties
adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day
can be found here
2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa*
4 or 5 large beaten eggs (I always forget to beat the eggs)
1/2 t. salt (if you use pre-made breadcrumbs you can maybe skip this)
1 – 1 1/2 cup of some combination of chives, green onions, onions – finely chopped
1/3 cup cheese (goat, gruyere, whatever cheese you’re eating right now)
beet greens, coarsely chop
3+ cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3/4 cup bread crumbs
H2O if needed
EVOO or you choice of frying oil/fat/deliciousness
Note: the finer you chop everything the better it will stick together
1. Combine quinoa, eggs and salt. Add in onions/chives, cheese, beet greens, garlic and whatever else you want to put in.
2. Stir in breadcrumbs. Let sit for a little bit and see how its absorbing. Add more breadcrumbs to make it less wet or some H2O or more egg if its too dry. You should be able to make patties that stick together at this point – if you make the mixture too dry, your patties will be too dry; play around!
3. Heat oil in skillet. Throw in the patties – use a ice cream scooper or a 1/8 cup measuring cup or your hands. Heidi calls for 1-inch patties. Cook for 7-10ish minutes on one side – until deliciously brown. Be patient (this is more of a note to myself than to you – I always try and flip em before they are ready. Also I don’t let the oil heat up properly – don’t make my mistakes!) Flip patties and cook for another 7ish minutes until golden/brown.
4. Cool on wire rack while the other patties are cooking (this is also an appropriate time to start nibbling as if I needed to tell YOU that)
Alternatively – BAKE ‘EM! Preheat oven to 400F. Oil baking sheet, arrange patties. Bake for 20 minutes (or until golden brown) and then flip and bake for 5 minutes more. Cool on a rack.
We served these with those sweet potato patties I told you about a couple months ago and some roasted veggies.
Preheat oven to 350F
salt and pepper to taste
honey to taste
Put all that good stuff together and put it on a baking sheet and pop ‘em in the oven and cook em 3o minutes (?) or so or until they are delicious.
Put those roasted veggies on those quinoa patties, right next to those sweet potato patties and you have a delicious patty extravaganza!
* How to cook quinoa: either follow directions on the packaging or if you buy in bulk or don’t have a box or for whatever reason want to listen to me
- Measure and rinse quinoa – unrinsed quinoa can have a bitter or soapy taste sometimes. I never actually rinse mine but…
- Add quinoa and liquid to small saucepan (2:1 ratio) – can be cooked in water or stock. Also add some butter if you want! Also salt. Salt for everything! (I’ve also seen 2:3)
- Bring to boil, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until it’s not liquidy anymore.
- Fluff? Add more deliciousness like salt and pepper and more butter!