Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Patties


Hi, Everybody! Happy last day of April! This month has been filled with so much rain here in Maryland, but at least it means that everything is looking beautifully green outside, and spring has truly arrived! After all those months of everything being dark and gray, it's so refreshing seeing green everywhere! I have a great quinoa recipe to share with you today! If you've never had quinoa before, you should try it out sometime! It is high in protein, fiber, magnesium and iron, as well as calcium. I know that that may make it sound too healthy to taste good, but this is a great way to prepare it! I've been seeing different kinds of quinoa patties everywhere, and so I came up with a recipe to suit my taste! These Cheesy Quinoa and Broccoli Patties are delicious; crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside! 

CHEESY QUINOA AND BROCCOLI PATTIES
*Makes 6*

YOU WILL NEED:
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
5 large broccoli florets 
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 large egg
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Olive oil for cooking


DIRECTIONS:

1. First, cook your quinoa according to the directions on the packaging. I cooked mine by combining 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of boiling water, then letting it come to a boil, and simmering, covered for about 15 minutes. Once the quinoa has absorbed all the water (this shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes), put it on a plate and let it cool completely.

2. Next, saute your diced onion until it's soft and translucent. Set aside and let cool completely. Cook your broccoli until it has softened a little bit, then let it cool as well. Once the broccoli has cooled completely, dice it into small pieces.

3. Now that you have everything ready, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together, leaving the egg until the end. Mix well so you have a smooth, wet mixture that will allow you to make patties that will stick together.

4. Heat some olive oil in a pan, and make your patties. I made each using 1/4 cup of the mixture. Just make a ball out of the mixture, and squash it down a little bit. Cook each patty for about 7 - 8 minutes on each side on medium heat. You want the patty to develop a crust, but not to burn, so watch them carefully. Let cool for a couple of minutes before eating.

Happy Cooking, Everyone!
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74 comments:

  1. These patties look delicious! I would love it if you can link this {and more} to our weekly link party :-)

    http://withablast.blogspot.com/2013/04/all-my-bloggy-friends-link-party-44.html

    Hope to see you there !

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I linked up to your page!

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    2. Thanks for linking this awesome recipe, Maria! Shared this on Google+ today :-)

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    3. Congrats Maria! Your recipe was the Most Viewed link at our party last week - hop on over and grab a featured button - New party goes live at 7am EST today.

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    4. Thanks so much, Linda! :)

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  2. Yummy, Maria! Pinned to try and shared on Facebook!

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  3. Maria,
    Oh, these look good and I happen to have all the ingredients for them. Think I'll put them on the menu this week to give them a try.

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    1. Hope you love them! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Ooh these look delicious and for once I have everything it calls for! I cannot wait to try these out!

    -Amber from xmydearambellina.com

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    1. Thanks, Amber! Hope you enjoy them!

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  5. I have not cooked quinoa recently and this is a reminder to. AND my niece loves quinoa so I am going to send this recipe on to her as well! :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy these, Debra! They are a great way to prepare quinoa!

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  6. These look so good! I would have never thought to make quinoa patties! Thanks for linking them up! -Rachel

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  7. Gosh these look good. Another delish way to use quinoa. Pinning!

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    1. You can really use whatever cheese you like in this recipe - cheddar, parmesan, or whatever else you like!

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  9. I just made these and there are so yummy! I used shredded colby jack cheese and it worked. I also didn't have a small onion but used half of a large yellow one and it tasted sooo good. I'll defintiely season it more next time, but they were perfectly crispy and delicious. My brother and dad even ate them. That's saying something. Thanks for this recipe!

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    1. Hi Olivia! I'm so glad you liked these quinoa patties! You can really add in whatever cheese/vegetables/seasoning you like, which is what I love about these! Thanks for stopping by to let me know! :) Have a great weekend!

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  10. This is a great recipe! Thankfully I had everything on hand tonight and was able to make them for my family. They were a hit with my husband, 3 1/2 yr old, and 9 month old. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! I'm glad you and your family enjoyed the quinoa patties! They are one of my favorites, so quick and easy, but delicious at the same time! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day! :)

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  11. Can you tell me how much 5 large broccoli florets is? When I think if florets I'm thinking of when they sell them in the store as florets, which would seem like a lot for so little quinoa. I want to try this recipe. My husband had gastric bypass surgery and they recommend quinoa as a source of protein, so I'm always looking for quinoa recipes.

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    1. About one small head of broccoli will work for these, or you can just use as much as you need, depending on how your mixture looks. Hope you enjoy these! :)

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  12. Made these today with the 3 & 6 year old that I nanny... they were a huge hit! They're begging me to make them for dinner next week already! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hi Ali! Thanks so much for letting me know! I'm so glad you like the quinoa patties, they are one of my favorites too! So easy and so good! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week! :)

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  13. What a great way to use leftovers from the week, so tasty and I love that I can "Veganize" it! Making these for dinner tonite!! Seems like they would make a great alternative for falafels! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you love these quinoa patties! I love falafel too and you're right, these are a great alternative and a great way to use up leftovers! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! :)

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    2. These were sooo tasty! Thanks again sooo much for the recipe!! The flavors were amazing!!

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  14. This is going on my food calendar for this week. Any idea how well they reheat? I'm thinking they would be a great choice for lunch on day. Thanks for sharing (and for explaining how much five florets are).

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  15. I tried quinoa for the first time recently and have since fallen in love with it and am always looking for new recipes. This looks amazing and I can't wait to try it. I was wondering, however, what kind of cheese you use. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you love these quinoa patties! I like to use mild white cheddar cheese, but you can really use any shredded cheese you like, and change up the vegetables as you like too! That's one of my favorite things about these... you can customize the ingredients and flavor according to your taste! Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend! :)

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  16. I made this tonight except I added cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, cauliflower, and I only used egg whites. I assume due to the lack of yolk it was impossible for me to get these patties to form and stay together, so I ended up just dumping the entire thing into a pan and making a little veggie/quinoa stir fry. It was SO. GOOD. Next time I make this I'll probably make it as a stir fry again, but add some red peppers and soy sauce. Yum!

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    1. Hi Julie! A stir fry made out of these ingredients actually sounds really good! And yes, I think the egg yolk is what binds everything together, so I'm not sure that the patties would hold together without it. But you recycled the recipe well - I'll have to try a stir fry too!! Hope you have a good week!

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    2. Another great way to get these to bind together is with flax seed "eggs". :)

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  17. Just made these. I was having trouble getting the patties to stay together too, so I added another egg and that helped. I used parm cheese. They turned out good and were tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad you liked the quinoa patties! Sometimes you do need an extra egg depending on how thick your mixture is. Glad they turned out well for you! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! :)

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  18. These were so yummy!! Perfect use for my leftover quinoa

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    1. I'm so glad you liked the quinoa patties, Angela! And yes, it's the perfect way to use leftover quinoa and vegetables! I love making different versions of these. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week! :)

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  19. I made these for dinner and they were delicious. I think I added more broccoli than you called for because I needed two eggs instead of one; probably for that reason it wasn't as cheesy as I hoped so I will add more cheese next time. I chose to use green onion as that is what I had fresh and I added the spice tumeric for a little pizzaz and it worked splendidly! Thank you so much for this recipe.

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    1. Glad you liked the quinoa patties! The addition of the green onion and tumeric sounds delicious! I love making different variations of these with whatever vegetables I have on hand! Thanks for stopping by, have a great week! :)

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  21. Is there an alternative to the bread crumbs? Anything gluten free? Thanks! These sound delicious!

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    1. Hi Colette! I'm not sure about a gluten free alternative for breadcrumbs, but let me know if you find one! Hope you love these!

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    2. You can use gf bread crumbs that are made commercially, or you can make your own! Just put 1-2 pieces of bread in your blender/chopper/food processor and pulse until they are crumbs. This gives you fresh bread crumbs. If you want them finer, toast the bread first, or you could even toast the crumbs in a skillet after. You could probably also substitute gf cereals made into crumbs, such as gf rice krispies or chex. Good luck!

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    3. These look fabulous, by the way, and I can't wait to try them!

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  22. I am in the midst of cooking these now (first time quiona-er, here! )Wish me luck!! :)

    Chelsea

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    1. I hope they turned out great for you, Chelsea!

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  23. Can you freeze the patties and reheat for later?

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    1. Hi I am wondering the same thing- would you happen to know if they are freezable?

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  24. Hi! I did this the other night but I added rice flour instead of panko, and baking soda and baked them into six patties in a cupcake pan on 350* for 20 minutes. I wasn't feeling something fried and I'm light on oil these days. The baked ones came out lovely! I topped with a Lemon Tahini Sriracha sauce. This recipe is versatile!

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    1. What a great idea to bake these patties, and keep them even healthier! Great tip! :)

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  25. Great recipe !! Just made them for my boyfriend and me and we loved them. I used Parmesan/Romano cheese and they were very very flavorful. I was hoping we would have leftovers but we ate them all up !! Thanks :)

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them! They are one of my favorites!! Hope you have a wonderful new year!!

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  26. These look great. Do you know/think they're firm enough to put on a grill. These would probably stomp commercially made veggie burgers if I could grill them. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I am not quite sure if these would hold up well on a grill, but you could definitely try it! One reader said they baked them which could be a good alternative to frying/grilling them. Hope you enjoy these! Happy New Year! :)

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  27. I made this tonight with old cheddar and was blown away! These really held their shape and tasted incredible. I'll definitely be making this again with new variations. Thank you for this versatile recipe :)

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  28. Thanks for the post, I made about 20 of them yesterday and they are even delicious reheated in the microwave the next day! I did spice them up a bit more than the recipe called for too.

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  29. I found your recipe on Pinterest through another website. http://yummmrecipes.blogspot.ca/2014/01/cheesy-quinoa-and-broccoli-patties.html
    Not sure if they had your permission to copy your recipe and use your pics but I'll definitely be trying it. It looks absolutely delicious!

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  30. Hi maria is there anything else i can use to replace the egg?

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  31. Made it with couscous instead of quinoa, worked great! Excellent, delicious recipe that was fun to make.

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  32. Looks delicious! What do you serve with the patties?

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  33. HOlyyyyy amazing. I tried this tonight and it was my favoriteeee thing on my plate! I used spicy panko to add a kick and I dipped in Tzatziki sauce and I just loveeed it!

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  34. Just found this recipe via Pinterest, I'm making a batch for my lunches this week :)

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    1. Hi Emily! I've made these so many times but have never actually frozen them, I imagine they would be ok to freeze, but let me know if you try! Hope you enjoy these! :)

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  35. GLUTEN FREE and VEGAN-ized version (contains nuts)

    First off let me say, what a wicked cool idea Maria! Quinoa patties. Mind blown!

    To modify this to be gluten free and vegan I made the following tweaks to this recipe. I used flax seed "eggs" to bind the ingredients together and instead of breadcrumbs I ran a handful and a half of peanuts through the food processor until they were breadcrumb sized (they're also a soft and creamy-ish texture which is nice in the patties). Of course, I omitted the cheese, and I don't really care for fake vegan cheese, but it could be added in. I went without.

    I did, however, take some of Maria's advice and I sautéed garlic with my onion and also shredded some carrots in the food processor. I left the carrots raw until adding into the patty where they cooked a little in the frying processes but left a great crunch behind, yum, yum.

    Instead of mine being a cheesy broccoli bake (what I imagine the original recipe to taste like) my Callista-ized version were even more protein packed and like a veggie/grain loaf, but also AMAZING.

    I cannot wait to experiment more! I'm thinking that adding some thick coconut milk to bind and some fresh ginger and a splash of soy with the peanuts could make for an interesting Thai twist. Or, as another user mentioned adding some bell pepper and maybe even some pepperoncini and going for a spicy flair. Man, soooooo many possibilities!

    Thanks again Maria!

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    1. Oh! I should also add I fried them in coconut oil. Lastly, a thought I just had (after having finished making this meal, darn!!!) is that vegan could sub nutritional yeast for that cheesy flavor......

      Man, now I'm thinking about the cheesy broccoli patties for tomorrow night!!!!

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    2. Callista, thank you so much for posting all this information! I've had a lot of requests from people asking about gluten free/vegan variations of these, and since I don't cook gluten free or vegan, I didn't have many answers for them! Thanks so much for posting all this info, this is awesome!!! Glad you enjoyed these! :)

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  36. Looks great. Have not tried yet. Looking forward to tty

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  37. Dear Maria, thank you for your great recipe. I loved it! :-) I just started my own personal blog about my fructose malabsorption, where I'm sharing my experiences and recipes that are suited for fructose-friendly diet that I have to follow. I linked to your page and to this recipe and made my fructose-friendly version (no onion or garlic and alternative breadcrumbs) of it on my own blog: It's in Dutch, but I hope you like it!

    http://mijnbuikgevoel.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/hartige-quinoa-cakejes-met-tzatziki/

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    1. Hi! Oh I'm so glad you liked these! I checked out your link, and they look fabulous!!! This is one of my favorite things about cooking - that everyone can be creative with the ingredients and substitutions to suit their taste and diet! Glad you enjoyed these, thanks so much for sending me the link! :)

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