Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Quinoa Patties with Poached Eggs

This recipe may inspire you to add quinoa to your pantry.

Do you like to make breakfast for dinner? This is an excellent option. I have made this recipe three or four times now so I thought it deserved to be mentioned. We had this for actual breakfast on Christmas Eve Eve. It was also the anniversary of my sweetie proposing to me.

I have seen quinoa in the rice aisle at Wal-Mart and most recently at Big Lots-Bob's Red Mill brand. That was an exciting find. 

You should be able to find it in most grocery stores now.

Quinoa Patties with Poached Eggs
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, I used panko
  • Olive oil, for frying the patties (I used about 1-2 tablespoons total)
  • eggs, poached (one for each patty)*
  • vinegar and water for poaching the eggs
  • Parmesan cheese, thinly sliced, if desired
  • chopped parsley for garnish, if desired
*I made about 8 patties (we'll have leftovers, but only poached three eggs for two people for this particular meal)

Make the quinoa. Bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa. Lower temperature to medium and simmer for 12 minutes. At this point you could make bacon to serve with the patties if you want. While the quinoa is cooking, chop the onion, garlic, parsley...get your bowl of ingredients together to mix with the quinoa, from the beaten eggs down to the bread crumbs. Remove the quinoa from heat when the 12 minutes are up and let it sit for 15 minutes to cool. Mix the quinoa into the breadcrumb mixture. 

Set aside the bacon to drain. Wipe out the pan and use the same pan to fry the patties. Pour the olive oil in the pan. Form the mixture into patties and fry them in batches. Get some water boiling for your poached eggs. I used the same saucepan I made the quinoa in. Of course I rinsed it out first. Add some vinegar to the water. As your patties are done, top with Parmesan cheese and parsley.

I made the first batch kind of large. Below is the second batch.

So your bacon has been done for awhile, the patties are almost done and the water with vinegar is boiling. Crack the eggs you're going to poach into a bowl. Swirl the boiling water with a spoon. While the water is swirling, drop in the eggs. They'll take about three minutes to look like mine in the picture. Top the patties with the egg.


That bacon looks really scary.