It’s official. I’ve decided I do indeed like quinoa. The game changer? Quinoa patties with corn, zucchini and feta. The recipe comes from the lovely cookbook Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven. I first fell for her recipes when I picked up Home Made Winter last winter, and I have been patiently waiting to get my hands on the Summer version ever since.
And get my hands on it I did. Within days of getting the book, I had cooked from three of its recipes, and I have at least a dozen more bookmarked. This could be because I love summer and all of the produce available to cook with. It is more likely because the just dishes look and sound delicious.
First up on my list were the summer quinoa patties. If you make just one recipe from this blog over the summer, I recommend these. They take a bit of work to prepare, or at least more work than I typically care to engage in when cooking dinner during the week, but they are also well worth it. To cut down on the prep time, you can always prepare the quinoa in advance.
Oftentimes, I prepare a pot of rice or quinoa on Sundays so I can mix it in with something as a quick lunch or dinner during the busy week ahead. Not only are these patties the perfect way to use up that quinoa, they also serve as a vehicle to use up a stray ear of corn or leftover zucchini. The fresh summer flavors, paired with the salty bite of Feta, are simply delicious.
As for the cookbook, I was drawn to it for a number of reasons. I like the tiny blurbs about why a dish is special to the author that accompany each recipe. The photography is stunning and the illustrations are whimsical. No page is the same.
I enjoyed the surprise of an illustrated recipe followed by a traditional photograph and step-by-step tutorials in between. It is both unique in its presentation and full of good recipes. Plus it gives me a chance to live vicariously through the dishes of someone born in Ireland, raised in the Netherlands and now living in France. Interesting.
Praises aside, I found minor typos in the recipe and the two others I have made thus far. They are not anything major – in this one it instructed the cook to preheat the oven to 350 degrees but then made no mention of the oven ever again – but as someone who still often questions my kitchen skills (Am I doing this right?), cookbook typos are a bit disconcerting.
Readers who have graciously pointed out my own typos within these pages can probably relate all too well. For this recipe, I assumed the warm oven was to serve as a holding area for the patties first in line for the fryer, and that is how I wrote the instructions below. I hope you will find it a nice lunch or dinner on a warm summer day to come.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
- 1 ear of corn, kernels grated from (roughly ¾ cup)
- 1 small shallot or green onion, diced
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅔ cup crumbled feta
- olive oil, for frying
- In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa, zucchini, corn, shallot or green onion, eggs,parsley, chives, garlic, paprika and cayenne or red pepper flakes and salt.
- Add the bread crumbs and baking powder, and stir together until well blended.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes, then stir in the feta.
- Form the mixture into balls (I used heaping tablespoons) and lightly flatten with your palms.
- Heat a shallow layer of oil in a skillet, and fry the patties until browned on one side before flipping them over, about three minutes per side.
- Best when served warmed. To keep the patties warm during cooking, place the fried patties on a baking sheet in an oven turned to low heat. Leftover patties reheat well in a skillet lightly coated with oil.