Quinoa patties

This recipe is not Brazilian at all; although I think quinoa is more well known there then it is here in the US, Brazil is not Peru and quinoa is not part of our culture.
I’m posting this recipe because this is my first original recipe. I created it all by myself and I was very pleased with the results, so I decided to share it. I think my classes are working and I understand food and cooking a lot better… It’s fun!

My quinoa patties are called patties and not cakes because I think is a lot more suitable. Since every time I hear the word cake I expect something sweet and baked, these are definitely patties, not cakes!

You can make this dish next Monday and be part of the “meatless Monday” movement. I’m not actually a member of the movement, but I certainly try to be meatless at least two times a week. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat and do not intend to become a vegetarian, but I like good quality meat – meaning, for me, organic and grass feed – and those are really expensive, so I think it is worth to cut down the quantity and prime for the quality. Not mentioning that it is good for our beautiful little planet too!

One fact about quinoa: quinoa is a seed, and not a grain, and quinoa is actually the only non animal food that has the 8 essential amino acids needed to form a complete protein, in other words quinoa is the only food that is not meat that is a complete protein, like meat. Cool right?

The recipe is very simple, but remember that this is not meat, and the patties will not be as firm as meat hamburger, so careful when shaping, sauteing and flipping the patties, deal?

The picture is from my own blend of quinoa: blond, brown and black.

Quinoa Patties
Serves 4

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 carrot
1 celery stick
1/2 onion
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

To cook the quinoa, just place 1 cup of quinoa in 5 cups of boilling salted water, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa is soft. But know that quinoa has a harder shell and the shell will not be as soft as the inside, and it is all good! Stir and chill before mixing the quinoa with the other ingredients.
In a multiprocessor process the peeled carrots, celery and onion with a little bit of olive oil, just to help processing.

In a bowl mix all ingredients together.

In a saute pan, get some olive oil hot while shaping with the palms of your hands the little patties. Saute the patties in the hot olive oil until you have a beautiful crunch golden crust, saute both sides and your done. Bom apetite.

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Published in: on July 16, 2010 at 5:56 am  Comments (2)