Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sriracha Quinoa Bites

Yield 12 quinoa bites (regular muffin size)
Recipe from http://leafandgrain.com
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

Okay, I really don’t need another food to be addicted to. These little bursts of goodness are perfect for a Meatless Monday dinner or as part of a delicious lunch.  They would make a really, really nice first course for a dinner party.

2 cups cooked quinoa
3/4 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
2 large eggs, beaten
2 green onions, thinly sliced or 1 small shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon cilantro or parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon honey
1 ½ Tablespoons Sriracha
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350°F
Using cooking spray, oil the cups of two 6-count muffin pans. Set aside.
Stir all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Spoon the mixture into one cup. Press down firmly with your fingers. Add more, if necessary, to fill even with the top.
Continue filling the cups in this manner.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then turn out on a cooling rack.
Serve immediately.

*If you object to using cooking spray, try rolling the quinoa mixture very tightly into balls, or small patties, and bake them free form on parchment paper.
*You can substitute red curry paste for Sriracha.
*Add some shredded sweet potato. 
*Try using your favorite barbecue sauce instead of Sriracha and use blue cheese instead of the Gruyere.


Anonymous said...

I can't used bread crumbs, what would you recommend I use in place of them?


Alice said...

You might try using old fashioned oats (uncooked) as a substitute for the bread crumbs.
You could also use gluten free bread and make your own bread crumbs.

melvin said...

these are so good! i didn't have any fresh herbs but i threw in a handful of frozen summer corn which both tasted and looked great. i will definitely make them again, and switch it up depending on what i have available.