Sep 10
2010

Quinoa Patties Stuffed With Goat Cheese & Mushrooms

in Main Course, Recipes by Type

Today’s post is from my friend Mardi, the talented author behind eat. live. travel. write. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person this past July when she was traveling through California.

Mardi & Rachael

She was every bit as delightful and wonderful in person as I hoped she would be.  I hope you enjoy the deliciousness that she has cooked up for you today!  Quinoa, goat cheese, and mushrooms are three of my favorite things and this recipe looks absolutely to-die-for!

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On my blog, eat. live. travel. write, I chronicle my culinary adventures near and far. I was first attracted to Rachael’s blog because of her love for all things French and the wonderful way she combines cultures in her cooking, something I strive to do also.

One of my favourite things to do when I travel is discover new foods. I will often buy a cookbook or a recipe magazine so that I can attempt to recreate the flavours of my travels at home and share with my friends. This recipe is an adaptation of an amazing vegetarian dish discovered at the Hacienda Cusín in Ecuador (before I was blogging) that is so hearty even die-hard carnivores will forget it’s meat-free! The crispy quinoa patties give way to a cheesy-mushroom center that literally melts in your mouth!

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Quinoa patties stuffed with goat cheese and mushrooms

4 Servings
Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.

Ingredients
For the patties:
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes drained and chopped into small pieces
OR
1/2 cup cooked portabello mushrooms, small dice
8 small cubes of hard goat cheese
vegetable oil for frying

For the sauce and garnish:
1 cup fresh cherry tomatoes pulsed in food processor with 2 cloves garlic simmered until it reached a runny sauce consistency.
about 10 fresh basil leaves finely sliced for garnish

Directions
Cook quinoa according to directions on package. Allow to cool.

Mix the eggs, panko and parmesan until lightly combined. Add the quinoa and mix thoroughly. Add the flour and herbs. The mixture will be quite sticky at this point.

Form small patties with your hands, slightly larger than golf balls. It should make about 16 patties. Flatten them slightly and make an indentation in 8 of the patties. Into this, place a cube of cheese and some pieces of mushroom. Place another patty on top of the filled ones and squeeze gently to form a ball. Once there are no “seams” visible, flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.

Heat the oil on high in a large frypan, turn the heat down slightly and fry the patties until golden in colour, on both sides about 12-15 minutes.

Drain the patties on paper towel.

Spoon some of the tomato sauce into a shallow dish. Place the patties on top of the sauce and garnish with basil. Yield: serves 4

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Lyndsey September 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

This looks wonderful! I have always wanted to try quinoa burgers and I’m happy I waited for this recipe! Yummy!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

@Lyndsey,
These really are super easy and tasty – you should give thema try!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food September 10, 2010 at 9:58 am

Love this guest post… from a truly talented food/travel blogger. And these patties are just perfection! I’m always looking for fun ways to use quinoa and these look so delicious and filling!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

@Brian @ A Thought For Food,
It really is a great grain – I love it a lot. So versatile and healthy!

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notyet100 September 10, 2010 at 10:14 am

will try this ,,,looks yum..

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

@notyet100,
So easy, so tasty!

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Paula - bell'alimento September 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

Looks fantabulous Mardi! Lucky for me, I have a box of quinoa in my pantry ; )

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm

@Paula – bell’alimento,

Now, I ALWAYS have a box of quinoa in my pantry!

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Michelle September 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

These quinoa patties look fantastic! I’m looking forward to working with quinoa this weekend with some fig and gorgonzola pesto!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

@Michelle,
Oh that sounds amazing. What great flavours!

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fooddreamer September 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

Those look and sound fantastic. Great guest post!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

@fooddreamer,
Thanks so much! It was an honour to be posting here!

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RavieNomNoms September 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Looks great! YUM

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm

@RavieNomNoms,
Thank you – it really is :-)

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Joy September 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I love this recipe. I never worked with quinoa, would it be similar to how you make rice?

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

@Joy,
Similar, yes. The directions will vary depending on whether is it quick cook quinoa or not. It’s very easy!

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Barbara | VinoLuciStyle September 10, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Two of my favorites together! Looks terrific Mardi…and Rachael, hope you are improving daily from your tonsillectomy. Have to eat girl!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

@Barbara | VinoLuciStyle,
Aw Barb, we raised a tea-cup to you in July!

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elaine September 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Can i first say that the recipe sounds amazing.. Now can I say that when I first read your opening sentences my heart dropped? My mind read “I had the pleasure of meeting her in prison this last July” and I spit my tea on my key board. I was thinking to myself, “I know she didn’t post about going to prison” Of course I immediately reread it and got the right words.. So thanks for both the lovely recipe and the laughter today!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

@elaine,
LOL! Now *I* am laughing at that!!!

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Mommyof2Girlz/Steph September 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

This looks amazing. I almost bought some Quinoa yesterday but had no idea what exactly to do with it, now I do, thanks!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm

@Mommyof2Girlz/Steph,
It really is a great recipe – messy but yummy!

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Lovely recipe from Mardi!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm


Kim (Liv Life) September 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I’m not normally a “patty” person… I don’t even really like burgers. Well, except for the occasional In N Out when the craving hits. These, though, are absolutely tempting. I love quinoa (blogged about it today myself!) and the addition of the mushrooms is perfect. Thank you for a most amazing recipe and post!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 11, 2010 at 4:30 am

@Kim (Liv Life),

It’s funny, in the last month I have made these and arancini and all of a sudden I have become a “patty” person myself!! These are so good you must try them!

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Victoria September 11, 2010 at 9:59 am

Love quinoa! This is a great way to use it :)

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 11, 2010 at 12:45 pm

@Victoria,
Thanks! It takes it a little bit above the usual way of serving it!

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Jason's BBQ Adventures September 11, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Wonderful recipe. I have only used quinoa as a salad. I really enjoy the nuttiness flavor it provides. Have you tried toasting the quinoa in a skillet before boiling it? It brings out even more of that wonderful flavor.

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

@Jason’s BBQ Adventures,
No, I haven’t but will definitely try that next time.

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Petes September 11, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I am always looking for something new to do with quinoa. Thanks for sharing.

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

@Petes,
You’re very welcome!

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LimeCake September 12, 2010 at 1:22 am

love meatless recipes like this. looks so darn good!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 12, 2010 at 6:30 am

@LimeCake,
Thanks – you won’t miss the meat at all!

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Mags September 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I collect quinoa recipes for some strange reason and I can’t wait to try this one! It looks delicious!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 13, 2010 at 5:58 am

@Mags,
I am slowly building up my quinoa recipe collection too!

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Joy September 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I’m sitting here thinking why I’ve never thought of making quinoa patties. They’re brilliant!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 13, 2010 at 5:59 am

@Joy,
Joy you should definitely try them – they’re awesome!

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EMK@eat, drink and be merry September 13, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I became a big fan of quinoa this year, and this looks just amazing. I’ve never thought of turning the quinoa into patties. This would be a great dish for my vegetarian friends!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 14, 2010 at 3:53 am

@EMK@eat, drink and be merry,
It’s a great dish for vegetarians and die-hard carnivores like my husband alike!

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Misty September 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

Quinoa AND mushrooms? I will think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I must make these!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 15, 2010 at 3:51 am

@Misty,
I know – a great combination, right?

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Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves September 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Hey I’m always up for red meat burger alternatives! Looks good!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 15, 2010 at 3:53 am

@Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves,
It’s really hearty, you won’t miss the meat.

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smspizza September 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Hiii, one of my friends suggested that blog i really like it. very usefull.
Thanks and best regards
N. Tunch

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lori September 15, 2010 at 12:06 am

this looks great… one question though. i have a wheat allergy… any suggestions on what kind of flour would best be subbed for the whole wheat flour?

thanks!

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Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite September 15, 2010 at 3:54 am

@lori,
I am not sure about that but I imagine any gluten free flour might work. I have heard good reports of chick pea flour in meat patties, so perhaps that?

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AnnieR September 21, 2010 at 6:43 am

I made these on Sunday night-they were a huge hit with my husband and I absolutely loved them. Like a few others above, I never thought of using quinoa for a patty. This recipe has opened up a whole new avenue of possibilites. Thanks so very much.

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ginsengli bobo December 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

You’re a very good writer!

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