July 9, 2013

CSA Week 3 and Quinoa Patties

Green vegetables all around!  Two bunches curly kale, red spring onions, bok choy, cucumber, swiss chard, two lettuce heads, and a bunch of basil.

This week's recipes have left my memory.  I know I made a frittata that used potatoes, red onion, chard, and blue cheese.  Other than that I made these quinoa patties from 101 Cookbooks.  I made another version of these from her cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, that I've been meaning to share, but this version wins because of the added kale.  I eat them with a little sriracha, but they would probably taste good on top of a simple salad as well.

Kale Quinoa Patties
adapted from 101 Cookbooks

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
5 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/3 cup finely chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh dill or 2 tsp. dried dill
1 cup finely chopped kale
1 yellow or white onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon (toasted) cumin
1 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
water or a bit of flour, if needed

1/3 cup crumbled feta

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter

Preheat oven to 400F.

Combine the quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the chives, dill, kale, onion, garlic, and cumin. Stir well.

Add the baking powder and bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture.

Gently stir in the feta.

At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into twelve 1-inch / 2.5cm thick patties. If needed, add more bread crumbs for if the mixture is too moist, or if too dry, add a bit more beaten egg or water. If you're still having trouble getting the mixture to hold - mix in flour, a couple tablespoons at a time.

Oil a baking sheet, and arrange the patties with a bit of space between each. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the bottoms are brown. Flip and bake for another 5 minutes.

Enjoy hot, or allow to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.

Makes about a dozen patties.

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