For the last few months I have been trying to install at least one meatless meal a week, if not two. This is due to a few reasons, but mainly because meat is expensive! But my foray into "meatless" hasn't been all too spectacular. I've been sticking pretty close to what I know, and what is cheap - and that has meant a lot of pancakes, pasta, and grilled cheese sandwiches. So when I saw that this month's Daring Cooks Challenge was to do a patty of some kind, I knew I needed to step up to the plate and make a really great non-hamburger patty.
Quinoa Cakes with Poached (or fried) Eggs (Annie's Eats)
Yield: 6 patties
2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup minced fresh chives, plus more for garnish
2 large shallots, finely chopped
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs, plus more if needed
Olive oil, for frying patties
6 poached eggs (one for each patty) or you could serve them with fried eggs, however you like them.
In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, eggs, salt, chives, shallots, Parmesan and garlic.
Stir to blend.
Mix in the breadcrumbs and stir gently until evenly incorporated.
Form the mixture into 6 even sized paties, about 3" to 4" in diameter.
Heat a bit of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat and swirl to coat.
Add the patties to the pan so they are not touching.
Cook 4 minutes, or until the underside is lightly browned.
Carefully flip each patty over and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Top each patty with a bit of parmesan cheese, a poached egg, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve immediately and Enjoy!