Quinoa Patty Cakes

Pin It Little Debbie Little Debbie, these Quinoa Patty Cakes are damn good!  I have to admit I was more than a little skeptical when I came across this recipe, but my girl Martha knows what up.
 Look at those little patty cakes, full of wholesome goodness.  Here's the deets:
Cook quinoa (I did mine the night before to save some time), chop carrots, onions, garlic and shred a little chez.  If I were you, I would use a little extra onion and garlic (originally I was planning on making only 3/4 of the recipe, but then realized I had more quinoa than I knew what to do with).
Start by mixing the quinoa with whisked eggs and salt and pepper, then toss in the rest of the ingredients.  I threw in some red pepper flakes for a wee bit of kick!
Mix it up and let sit for about 10 minutes before making yo' patties.
Then make yo' patties.  Roll them in a ball, smoosh them together a bit, then gently shape them into patty cakes, about 10-12 of them.
Heat up a skillet (to medium) with a little olive oil and throw these cakes on.  Let brown for 7-10 minutes.  Crank the heat a bit more if you need to!
Once nice and toasty brown, flip and let the other side brown for about 5 minutes.  Cook your cakes in batches.

Taste tester was more than a little in love with these Patty Cakes.  He has requested extras to eat cold for snacks... that I am not so sure about.  Hot and Crispy is how I prefer them (but, I have yet to try them cold).  I'll keep you updated.  Would make a great Memorial Day BBQ side dish!  Or a Vegetarian Burger replacement?   

Quinoa Patty Cakes 
Adapted from Whole Living Martha Stewart 

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
4 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
Cracked pepper
1 medium carrot peeled and finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano (Or any cheese, you may want to add a bit more if you use another)
1/2 cup chopped scallions ( I only used about 1/3, but I think more would have been better!)
1 cup bread crumbs
Red chili flakes to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp)

Sour Cream and Cilantro for garnish


Combine quinoa with whisked eggs.  Add salt and pepper.  Add carrot, garlic, scallions, cheese, bread crumbs and red chili flakes.  Mix.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.  Form 10-12 patties with the mixture by rolling and forming patty cake shape with your hands.  Heat a skillet with a little olive oil to medium heat.  Throw on your patties.  Let cook for about 7-10 minutes until browned.  Flip and cook other side an additional 5-6 minutes.

Serve with Sour Cream and Cilantro and a side salad.  Eat leftovers cold as a snack (Taste tester's recommendation, not mine). If you try it let me know, I would like a second opinion.  Not that I don't trust the taste tester, I just don't really trust the taste tester. 

Side Note: When quinoa gets very hot it will pop a little, so be careful when frying the patties if parts of the quinoa break off a little.  I had more than a little quinoa popping around!
Bon Appétit!

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Marni said...

Love the Quinoa Patty Cakes! I made the recipe last weekend, only with shallots (no scallions in the house) and extra garlic, as you suggested. I also served with my favorite avocado dressing (I usually half the recipe, but use double the avocado, garlic and Worcestershire sauce). http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/avocado-dressing-recipe/index.html
The patties were WONDERFUL cold with the dressing, too! Great recipe, I will use again!

aglobetrottersfare said...

Thanks Marni! I will definitely try the avocado dressing... sounds to die for. Love everything avocado! Glad you liked the patty cakes! :)

AJ said...

Hey, ever since I've found this post, I've been making these patties non-stop. When I have no quinoa, I use chickpeas. Thank you so much, and keep up the amazing blog.

I started my own: http://obedientingredients.wordpress.com/ , but it's blogs like yours that inspire me and my cooking adventures in general. Keep it up!

aglobetrottersfare said...

Hey AJ! Thanks so much for your comment and glad you like the quinoa patty cakes. It's nice to know that there are people out there reading and more importantly trying the recipes! I also have a similar recipe using chickpeas, which I might even like better!

I checked out your new blog and it is awesome! If I ever think of something I want tested in the kitchen, I'll be sure to let you know. What a great idea! As a side note, I really need to try Kale Chips and will use your post as a guide in my new future quest for the perfect kale chip.