It’s that time of the month again. Time for another Secret Recipe Club assignment. This time I was assigned to cook and blog a recipe from Colleen at Secrets from the Cookie Princess. Well, with a name like that I really should have chosen to make some cookies but I was feeling in need of something savoury and when I came across these quinoa bites they seemed like the perfect thing for me, my husband and the children to enjoy.
If you do want to make some cookies though, I would seriously advise you to visit Colleen’s blog as she probably has the largest number of cookies in her recipe index that I have ever seen.
If however, you are here because you would like to know how to make some savoury vegetarian patties, then read on.
I had cooked with quinoa a few years ago but it was a long time ago and I felt like it was time to try it again. I loved the idea of these crispy little bites but I’m a bit heavy handed and so couldn’t really call them bites any more. They had morphed into patties. Besides, I wanted them to be part of a main meal, not just an appetiser as they were originally.
I wasn’t feeding a large crowd so I cut back on the quantity by about half and changed it from cups. I tried baking the first few in the oven but they didn’t crisp up as much as I wanted and so I fried the rest which worked much better for me. They had crispy bits on the outside but were still soft in the middle. They don’t have a strong flavour so go really well with a good hot or spicy dip. If I made them again I might add a finely diced chilli pepper or two to give them a bit more character, but of course, it depends on who you’re making them for.
100g uncooked quinoa
1 carrot, grated
3 spring onions, finely sliced
1 clove garlic
Large handful of coriander (cilantro), chopped
50g parmesan, grated
1.5 tbsp plain flour
How to Make Quinoa Bites
1. Cook the quinoa according to the pack instructions and then leave to cool.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. If it’s too dry add another egg or if it’s too wet, add a little more flour.
3. Either put tablespoons of the mixture on an oiled baking tray and bake in the oven at 180C for about 20 minutes or heat a little oil in a frying pan and when it’s hot, put tablespoons of the mixture into the pan. Fry on each side for about 3-5 minutes depending on how large they are and how hot your pan is.
4. Serve with bread, salad and ideally some spicy sauce or dip.
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