My dad has been asking me to make a recipe with quinoa for months because there are so many benefits. You might be surprised to know that trying new things makes me a little nervous, especially things that I have never heard of before. When I found this recipe I was certain that even if quinoa wasn't that great itself, that the cheese and garlic would help.
I couldn't find plain quinoa at any of the stores I usually shop at (I know, I should have looked at a specialty store) so I used a pre-packaged garlic quinoa.
Cheesy Quinoa Cakes
-2 cups cooked quinoa
-2/3 cup grated mozarella cheese
-3 tablespoons all purpose flour
-2 green onions, thinly sliced
-1 egg, lightly beaten
-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
-2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
-salt to taste
-½ cup light mayonnaise
-1 head of garlic, roasted
-1 lemon, zested and juiced
-¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
-salt and pepper to taste
|Cook the qunioa.|
|Make 8-10 cakes and cook for five minutes on each side.|
|Little quinoa cakes.|
Mix together all of the ingredients for the aioli together.
|Serve the aioli with the finished quinoa cakes.|
J. and I couldn't figure out what was off about this recipe, I think using garlic quinoa made a huge difference and not in a good way -- if you plan on making this you should use plain quinoa. Also, the garlic & lemon aioli was very lemony it would have been fine with just a tablespoon of lemon, but an entire lemon juiced plus zest was too much. I'll try to find another quinoa recipe to try, I won't give up yet.