On a sunny Sunday in February we decided to have a picnic in a little gorgeous town called Szentendre (very close to Budapest). I made these yum quinoa patties for the picnic. We also packed whole wheat bread, goat cheese, sour cabbage, sprouts and freshly pressed carrot juice. I also baked millet, oat and apple muffins to take with us.
This riverside town lays in Pest county, Hungary, near the capital, Budapest. It is known for its museums, galleries and artists. Due to its picturesque appearance and easy rail and river access, it has become a popular destination for tourists staying in Budapest.
Even this was in February the sun warmed us up and walking outside in the fresh air made our appetite ready to eat everything. You can see a photo essay about our trip to Szentendre on the Travel Belles website.
I adapted the recipe from Heidi’s book, Super Natural Every Day.
Ingredients (makes about 24 but it depends on the patties’ size)
– 170 g quinoa
– 1 organic egg
– 1 onion, chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, chopped
– 15 g parsley, chopped
– 10 g Parmesan, grated
– 50 g plus more whole wheat bread crumbs
– salt, black pepper
– olive oil
Bring the quinoa, water (about 2-3 cups) and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa opens up revealing a little spiral and is soft and pleasant to chew. Set aside to cool.
In a bowl combine together the cooked quinoa and egg. Add chopped parsley, onion, garlic and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Add breadcrumbs and let it sit for 5-10 minutes (if you find it too moist add more breadcrumbs or if it’s too dry you can add one more egg or water to moisten the mixture).
Form pingpong ball sized balls from the mixture, flatten them with your palm or a spoon. Place the formed patties on a tray. Heat 1-2 teaspoons olive oil in a pan, add patties and cook for about 7-10 minutes until golden brown. Flip the patties and cook them on their other side until golden. Cook the remaining patties too.