Unfortunately, I have pushed this post too long before me, but today it is finally time and I can introduce you to my little darlings! I could eat these quinoa feta spinach balls all day because they are wonderfully crunchy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. Who needs meat there?
I wish I had discovered Quinoa earlier, because it is not only wonderful to prepare as a salad, but he also tastes simply delicious. In addition, you can make wonderful patties and he can be prepared without problems freeze. It is therefore advisable to boil quinoa already in a larger portion and freeze the leftovers. To thaw it is set out a few hours earlier from the refrigerator and allowed to thaw it at room temperature. Although it is very easy to prepare in itself, you should pay attention to two or three things in the preparation.
The bitter tasting
To cook the quinoa until firm, place it with a little less than twice the amount of water in a large flat pan. Why this? My first attempts I had done in a pot, so the quinoa in the upper part was usually really good, but the bottom of the pot pretty soggy. By comparison, everything cooks more evenly in the pan. For 200 g quinoa you need about 480 ml of water. Alternatively, add half a tsp of salt or boil the whole with broth. The result is a wonderfully loose quinoa that still has a slight bite.
Why not combine some of my favorites?
Thought, said, done and already spinach, feta and quinoa were mixed together. It took three trial runs until I was satisfied. The main problem with the preparation was the stability. The result of the first attempt was quite delicious, but has already fallen apart in the pan, the oatmeal did not offer enough “stop”. So the second time I mixed chickpea flour underneath, the result could be seen and tasted, but it had to be easier … And so the panko (flour) was added in the third attempt.
Panko, that’s that expensive breadcrumbs from Japan!
Yes Panko is certainly not cheap, but in the Asian market you get it for a reasonable price and it is very productive. So you can bread a lot more crispy than with traditional breadcrumbs, so worth a try! Especially for such patties it is suitable, provided one does not suffer from a gluten intolerance. Of course you can also use conventional breadcrumbs instead. By the way, have you ever tried wholemeal breadcrumbs?
But enough told and essential!
And what about this?
- Just salad, if you want it to be completely healthy
- Fresh Naan ! Add a little salad and serve as a sandwich. Perfect with a small curry mayonnaise. Simply mix 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1/2 tsp madras curry and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Salt and pepper. Et voila!
- Wrap it up with wheat tortillas !
- 200 g cooked quinoa or 100 g quinoa and 240 ml water *
- 100 g of feta or (brine) cheese of your choice
- 125 g of thawed TK spinach
- 1 egg
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of panko or breadcrumbs or tender oatmeal maybe a little more!
- ½ tsp salt
- Oil for frying
- Squeeze the spinach well and chop coarsely or finely.
- Quinoa, spinach and egg in a bowl.
- Crumble the cheese with your hands over it.
- Add salt, pepper and paprika.
- Panko add and process the whole to a homogeneous mass.
- Form balls out of the mass and gently press gently flat.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot enough, add the patties (or balls) and fry until golden brown.
Small tip : If the mass seems too liquid, just add a little more panko / breadcrumbs / oatmeal until the mass is sufficiently firm.
Source: Wikipedia: Quinoa