Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Quinoa Burger

Quinoa is considered a grain.  It's not something I grew up eating but when I started working at the vegetarian cafe in college I learned to really enjoy this grain.

The flavor of these patties were great.  They were really light though.  I really wanted more texture on with them.  This is the recipe I followed.  I might be turning the rest of the mixture into a hash to add some more texture to it.

Quinoa Burgers:
(eating well living thin)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

To cook quinoa:
In a medium saucepan bring the 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil over high heat.  Add quinoa and reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for 18-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the seeds are tender.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.

3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other variety, if you prefer)
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 medium carrot, finely grated
3 eggs
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 green onions, including white parts
1 /2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Olive oil for frying

In a large bowl combine the cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, sugar, pepper, cumin, salt, and garlic powder.

Heat a frying pan and a couple teaspoons olive oil over medium-low heat.  Measure 1/4 cup and form into patties about 1/2 inch thick  - mixture will be slightly sticky.

Fry until golden-brown, about 4 minutes on each side.   Makes approx. 10 burgers.

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