Friday, February 22, 2013

Quinoa Patties

One of the problems with being a mostly vegetarian, is that there are a lot of side dishes that I love eating that sometimes need a main dish to complete the meal.  No matter how many times I make twice-baked potatoes, my husband still insists they are not a complete meal on their own--even if I throw in some steamed corn or broccoli as sides to go with them.  It's frustrating.  But we're vegetarians (mostly), and I'm still not a TVP fan, so what's a girl to do?  Serve up a slab of tofu with her twice-baked potato?  I don't think so.

Enter quinoa patties.  These could definitely be a side dish, if you're so inclined, but put next to those other sides, they look downright hearty and, well, main dish-y.  At least, in the world I live in.  Plus, if you didn't already know, quinoa has complete protein in them!  Perfect!  These have great flavor, lend themselves to a variety of other dishes, and are so easily adaptable to whatever your tastes happen to be, that I know I'll be making them a lot in the future.

Quinoa Patties
(adapted from Mels Kitchen Cafe)
Printable Recipe
Makes about 6 patties

1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa (cook in broth for more flavor), room temperature
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder 

1 teaspoon dried parsley 
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 
1/2 cup bread crumbs, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1) Combine the quinoa, eggs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in the onion powder, dried parsley, garlic and cheese. Add the bread crumbs. Stir the mixture until combined. (If the mixture seems overly wet, add a tablespoon or two more of bread crumbs. If it seems too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water or broth, letting it stand for about five minutes so the liquid can be somewhat absorbed.)

2) Using a 1/4 measuring cup as a guide, form quinoa into little patties.
3) In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the tablespoon olive oil over medium heat until it is hot. Add a single layer of patties and cook until the bottoms are well-browned, about 5-7 minutes, lowering the heat as necessary to prevent burning or increasing heat if the patties are not browning well. Flip the patties and cook about 5 minutes more until the second side is golden brown. 
4) Remove from the skillet and repeat with the remaining patties, adding more olive oil to the pan, if needed. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

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