A month or so ago I finally picked up a copy of Heidi Swanson's beautiful Supernatural Everyday. It had been on my wishlist for far too long, so when I spied a copy at Scrumptious Reads recently I knew it had to be mine.
As soon as I got home I sat down with a cup of tea and devoured it. I've long been a fan of Heidi's beautiful blog, 101 Cookbooks, in fact I've been a reader of her blog since before I started blogging back in 2007! Her recipes are beautiful, unfussy and delicious, and one of her recipes that had been on my must try list, since falling in love with quinoa were her quinoa patties. So when I picked up Supernatural Everyday it was the first recipe I made.
First time around I made Heidi's recipe as written in her book, but second time around I started playing around with different additions, and came up with these beautiful Zucchini and Haloumi Quinoa Patties. And to my utter surprise, and delight, my husband loves these. Normally he raises an eyebrow and eyes suspiciously anything that's "different", and while he did it with the patties the first time around, the next time I made them and offered to cook him sausages instead while I had the patties he said no he'd prefer the patties. My husband knocking back sausages for quinoa - I nearly fainted! It's a big, BIG thing for him to EVER go past sausages, so I knew they must be good. In fact they are so good I've been making these weekly.
Served with salad, or burger style they are sure to be popular with vegetarians and meat eaters alike. And if frying isn't your thing why not try baking them in the oven.
So tell me, does your husband or significant other dislike any new foods that you try that are "different"?
Zucchini and Haloumi Quinoa Patties
- 150 g of quinoa
- 1 ½ cups of water
- ½ tsp of fine sea salt
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 medium zucchini grated
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- 3 spring onions finely chopped
- 1 tbs of mint leaves finely chopped
- 2 tbs of parsley finely chopped
- 100 g of haloumi sliced
- 60 g of wholemeal breadcrumbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbs of olive oil
- Begin by cooking the quinoa. Rinse the quinoa well in a fine mesh sieve. Place in a saucepan with the water and salt and bring to the boil. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Heat a large frying pan over a medium low heat and place the slice of haloumi in the pan. Cook until golden on each side and remove from the pan to cool before chopping into small chunks. Leave the frying pan over the heat while you make the patties.
- Combine the grated zucchini, spring onions, garlic, quinoa, haloumi, mint, parsley, bread crumbs and salt and pepper in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the beat egg and mix until well combined.
- Add the oil to the pan and form the mixture into patties. The size depends on what you prefer, but I use heaped dessert sized spoonfuls of the mixture to make the patties. Place the patties in the frying pan and cook for 7 to 10 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Serve with a wedge of lemon and salad.
I adore quinoa patties - my go to recipe uses grated cheddar cheese. Love this idea of using halloumi instead and adding some vegetables.
My husband loves to try new foods and in fact loves when I cook something new! Looks like a delicious recipe and I adore Haloumi! 🙂
I recently started to eat quinoa a lot and yet to try the patties. But I am sure it would be a perfect snack!
Yeah, it's the same in our house. 🙂 Luckily, I love traditional recipes, so this doesn't happen too often. I mean, who can blame them, I like sausages, beef or good old sweet potato too. But this is still a lovely recipe 🙂
gorgeous plates, where are they from?
The plates are from Bed Bath n Table. 🙂
Haha Stud is the same. He is very weary of new foods although normally after I cook them, he is a fan. This looks great 🙂
Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon says
What a great recipe - they look delicious! My husband loves 'different' food, just so long as it has meat in it.
Gorgeous recipe Jennifer! I think my fiance would like these too, although he'd probably ask for a side of sasuages!
Healthy and scrumptious! That is a great idea and combination.
Marina@Picnic at Marina says
Oh yes, that is a super recipe! I can skip sausages for a few of this too. 🙂
Suzanne Perazzini says
It's quite a coincidence but I am making almost exactly the same fritters tonight for dinner but I can't remember where I got the recipe from. I just know they looked delicious. Your photos are lovely.
Haloumi, zucchini and quinoa!! 3 of my favourite things!! This is a must try recipe for me 🙂
My other half hates quinoa but I'm hoping this could be the recipe to change his mind...
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
What a scrumptious patties, I love the zucchini and haloumi additions!