Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta via www.clairekcreations.com

A few months ago, if you’d asked me how I feel about quinoa I would have said that we’re still not on the best of terms. I have had little success cooking it in the past with a few bitter attempts.

Then I tried the quinoa salad to end all quinoa salads at my cousin’s baby shower and I was determined to recreate it. So of course I did what I always do and Googled ‘how to cook the best quinoa’ and found this. It promised ‘tasty, fluffy’ quinoa so hesitantly I rinsed my quinoa, lightly fried it in the pan and then boiled it up with some chicken stock.

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta via www.clairekcreations.com

It was delicious. Light and fluffy and not at all bitter like my previous attempts. Since I discovered this method I’ve had a bit more confidence making the stuff and have to say, I’ve grown to enjoy it and no longer flick past recipes with quinoa. Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta actually came from the most recent Coles magazine.

Mother’s group lunch was up to the boy mums and I wanted something healthy so this fit the bill. I mixed up all the ingredients just as the recipe said but when it came time to shape the fritters there was no way it was all sticking together.

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta via www.clairekcreations.com

After a few adaptions of my own, the slightly rustic looking fritters emerged. They were super tasty and made the perfect easy-to-eat lunch. I think they’d also go well as a side dish or a bring-a-plate for a barbecue.

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta via www.clairekcreations.com

They do have breadcrumbs so aren’t gluten free but there are heaps of things you could substitute them for (none of which are popping into my head right now but if you’re gluten intolerant I’m sure you know what they are!). I’m not sure how they’d freeze but they can be made a day ahead and re-heated in the oven. Enjoy!

What about you? Are there any foods you weren’t a fan of that have become favourites recently?

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta via www.clairekcreations.com

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta

Pumpkin and quinoa fritters with feta

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500g pumpkin, peeled and chopped into 1cm cubes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
  • 150g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (360F) fan-forced and line an oven tray with baking paper.
  2. Toss the pumpkin with 1 tablespoon of the oil and spread in a single layer on the tray.
  3. Roast for 30-45 minutes or until golden then set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Rinse the quinoa under running water and then place in a large frying pan and heat, stirring, until the water is absorbed.
  5. Transfer the quinoa to a small saucepan and add 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, uncovered for 8-10 minutes or until the water has been observed.
  6. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  7. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl and add the pumpkin, breadcrumbs, eggs, cheeses and basil and mix.
  8. Form the mixture into 12 patties.
  9. Heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden.

 

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