Weeknight Meals

Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs

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.

Joel was more than a little skeptical about this meal. It was a double-eyebrow-raising “HUH”?! When I told him what we were having, and I am pretty sure he thought I had gone off the deep-end. But we were both really pleased with how this meal turned out. It was easy and quick to prepare, and it was really good! Even Joel said that it was surprisingly good, haha. And even though I would definitely consider this a light meal, and was thoroughly expecting to be starving by 8 (and needing a bowl of ice cream as a snack) I was surprisingly well satisfied all night! This will definitely be making an appearance in our meal rotation again!

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

For serving:
shaved parmesan
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!


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    February 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    This sounds like such an interesting and different way to enjoy quinoa!

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    February 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    These look great and I love the vegetarian spin! I haven't tried quinoa yet, but it is everywhere and I probably should.

    Nice job on the challenge. 🙂

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    shelley c.
    February 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I so want to try these – I am trying to get the family to like quinoa, and these look like a great way to do it!

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    February 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Wow, I never would have thought of this – I've made quinoa mash but these patties look awesome! Will have to try them! Lin xx

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    February 14, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I can see the same type of "reception" from my husband… but I bet they taste great and are indeed more filling than one can anticipate…

    I should really cook quinoa more often

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    Lacy @ NYCityEats
    February 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Mmm I love the idea of a quinoa patty!! I can't get my boyfriend to eat it alone but I bet he would in a fried patty form w/ Parmesan. This sounds delicious! And as I'm writing this I'm looking at your sour cream pancakes below & I'm drooling! Yum! Great blog!

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    [email protected] in disguise
    February 14, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    That is a very interesting patty..
    You did a brilliant job and I am glad you both enjoyed the meal

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    Ness [Six One and Then Some]
    February 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Those flavours sound great together! I haven't eaten a lot of quinoa since I got back from South America because it always seemed so plain to me, but it never occurred to me to jazz it up like this. Cheese + shallots + garlic = WIN 🙂

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    Monkeyshines in the Kitchen
    February 15, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    Yum! Your quinoa cakes look fantastic. We're also always on the lookout for tasty new vegetarian dishes – this looks perfect!

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    Susie Bee on Maui
    February 15, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    We're trying to do the meatless thing once or more a week too. Need more inspiration like your quinoa patties!
    Great interpretation of the challenge.

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    February 15, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    I'm racking up quite a collection of must-make patties this month. Adding your quinoa patties to the list! They look stunning. Also, nice call on the egg. That drizzling yolk looks brilliant.

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    February 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Quinoa patties sounds delicious the look of them is spot on. Yes one day of no-meat is a great idea and I hope this challenge gives you some ideas. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

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    February 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    The egg on top really is a winner, you've tempted me to try quinoa patties now!

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    February 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Quinoa patties is a brilliant idea, but the egg really takes it over the top. I even add some kind of runny egg to my sandwiches now – outside of peanut butter and jelly lol Well done as always, Miss Creative Mama. Speaking of 'Mama', I see your babe is starting to walk (underbeath those amazing looking sour cream pancakes) Yaaay! What a cutie pie!

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    February 16, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Those look really good! I am always trying to find new ways to serve quinoa, so I'll have to give these a try. Anything with an egg on top is right up my alley!

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    Tammi Kibler | How Do You Cook Quinoa
    March 3, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Wow, these look wonderful. I have been experimenting with quinoa patties lately, and I love eggs over my quinoa, so I will have to give these patties a try.

    BTW, it's probably the fault of my middle-aged eyes, but I can't read the comments on this textured background. Maybe a darker font color would help.

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    March 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    This sounds like the perfect meatless meal. I have been trying to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into my weekly rotation recently and have started cooking with quinoa but have yet to make quinoa patties!

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