Tuesday, October 18, 2011

homemade quinoa cakes with recipe!

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last night taylor and i enjoyed a monday evening dinner
he grilled up some flat iron steak that he had been marinating since sunday
(oh my gosh the steak was incredible)
and i made some yummy quinoa cakes
adapted from joy the baker

these quinoa cakes are my newest obsession
we had them for dinner last night and for breakfast this morning 
and i'm not going to lie...
i'm kinda craving them for dinner again!
i basically used all the vegetables i had in the fridge from our sunday farmers market run
but feel free to add or omit any of the veggie ingredients.

ok, heres the recipe - its so simple! makes about a dozen cakes....

you will need:
1 cup raw quinoa
2 cups water 
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon lemon zest (and lemon juice from half a lemon)
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
4 padron peppers, finely chopped
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
olive oil 

Place dry quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Wash under cool water for a few mins (quinoa needs to be rinsed or it tastes dirty).  In a medium saucepan, place rinsed quinoa, water and a pinch of salt. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 min (or according to pkg directions). Remove quinoa from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl whisk, together eggs and set aside.

In a large bowl, toss together onion, cheese, parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, bread crumbs, garlic salt, pepper and cooled quinoa. Add beaten eggs and stir until all o the quinoa mixture is moistened.  Add a little water to thoroughly moisten the mixture (if necessary). Quinoa should be slightly wet so it doesn't dry out during cooking.

Scoop out mixture by the 2 tablespoonful. Use clean, moist fingers to form into a patty.

In a large skillet over med-low heat, heat olive oil. If your pan is large enough, add 4-6 patties to the hot pan. You'll need a bit of room to successfully flip them.

Cook on each side until browned, about 4-5 mins on each side. Low heat helps the quinoa cakes cook slowly. Brown on each side then remove to a paper towel lined plate. 

1 comment:

  1. Those look divine! Also that striped cutting board is gorgeous.