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Quinoa Cakes with Poached Eggs

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recipe adopted from The Curvy Carrot.  [Recipe makes 6 servings].

There's always going to be a list of foods that are "in", and right now, quinoa [KEEN-wah] has certainly made the cut.  This seed has gained popularity over the past few years mainly because of the nutrition it packs, along with the versatility it has in the kitchen.  Nutritionally speaking, quinoa is high in protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and calcium (great if you're lactose intolerant), and is also gluten-free.  As far as the texture to expect, most find it similar to couscous.  Because of this, quinoa can be used as a side dish just as couscous or rice is.  But it can also be used in in breakfast dishes, energy bars, salads, soups, and so on.

For this dish, quinoa acts as a nutritional filler to a breakfast patty.  The author of this recipe states that the combination of ingredients used below imitated the smell and taste of hash browns and bacon, and oddly enough I have to agree.

What other recipes have you tried that use quinoa as its main ingredient?


2 cups cooked quinoa, brought to room temperature
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/3 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
2 large shallots, finely chopped
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 eggs, poached
Additional Parmesan cheese, thinly sliced
Chives, minced


In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, eggs, salt, chives, shallots, grated Parmesan, garlic, and bread crumbs.  Divide the mixture into six portions, and form by hand or using a ring mold, into patties.  [Side note:  If you prefer using a scale to do this, shoot for roughly 3 3/4 ounce patties].

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Once hot, carefully add three of the cakes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom.  Flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.  Repeat with the remaining three cakes.  Transfer the cakes to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 8 minutes, or until firm to the touch.

To plate, top each patty with a few slices of Parmesan cheese, greens, a poached egg, Kosher salt, black pepper, and chives.

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  1. I actually just bought quinoa for the first time the other week, and when I pulled it out of the cupboard to make some my roommate said that you're not supposed to buy quinoa now because by doing so you're exploiting/hurting Peruvians and Bolivians. I had already bought it, so I continued to make and eat it. I'm getting mixed opinions when I google the topic; I think it's okay to keep purchasing.

    1. The same thing actually happened to me. I bought mine last week and just read about the supply/demand issues after the fact. I guess I'll hold off for the next time...