Oh its just SOOOO GOOD!!!!
Yes is really is 🙂 Back in December when I needed to come up with a “Theme” or “product” for my cooking class, one thing came to mind…Quinoa!!
Quinoa I feel is something that people heard of??? But not sure what it is, or what to do with it let alone know how to pronounce it 🙂
Most the time you see a recipe for Quinoa it is in some sort of salad and I just wanted to do more with it.
I’ll say its funny because just a few days before my class and her now a week after I have seen more recipes with Qunioa in it I just had to laugh.
Any way for my class yes I made a burger, I also put it in Minestrone Soup, as a breakfast dish like oatmeal, of course a salad 🙂 and cookies, yes cookies 🙂 with only 4 ingredients 😉
When I make my quinoa, I do 3 to 1, 3 parts water (liquid) to 1 part dry quinoa. I rinse it really well till the water runs clear, oh and make sure you have fine mesh strainer, you don’t want that tiny seed going down your drain 🙂
I then add it to my pan with the water, I turn it on med-high, uncovered and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, depending on what I am doing with it, I will then add some flavoring, broth base or seasonings. I then stir that in reduce the heat to low, cover it and let it go for at least 20 – 30 minutes, again depends on the quantity of quinoa that I use. The more I have the more time I let it cook, I like mind to kind of get sticky, a little like sticky rice, for my burger I may let it go for a little longer.
Then you just go from there with whatever you are making 🙂
So of course I did not get to take any pictures of my food at my class, I got some picture of the people that came but once I starting cooking it was a little hard 😛 LOL
About my burger, you can make this any flavor you want, once you have the mix add what ever seasonings you want, so the last night when I got home from work I made them 🙂
Of course at the same time I was trying to cook up some things for the week, I made Lentil Soup and a pork tenderloin. Of course my mind was everywhere and I forgot the beans…yes beans 🙂
So here we go…
Ingredients – Ouinoa, onion, seasonings,
beef base (optional) and cannellini beans(not pictured)
I rinsed my quinoa
Make sure it drained
I add it to the pan with my water
Once it boils
I then add some beef base and cover
This is almost done
As you can see the quinoa expand’s and get’s thicker
At this point I put it on a plate to cool
(if its cool, it’s easier to handle)
Now the onion in a skillet with a little oil
add the quinoa, onions, seasonings and beans
then add the cheese
now make your burgers
Put them in the fridge for a least 2 hours to
help firm up.
Then cook for about 5 minutes on Medium to Med. High
add cheese and let melt
Get you bun ready, of course I toasted my
whole wheat bun added some fresh spinach
Done and Delicious!!!
8 regular size burgers
1 cup quinoa (red or white)
3 cups water
1 tsp. Better than bullion beef base (optional)
4 tsp. seasoning (I used Grillmates Worcestershire Pub Burger)
1 large onion, chopped and sauteed
1 cup Cannellini beans, drained, rinsed and blended in food processor (you could use the whole can)
1 cup cheese, fancy shredded (any flavor)
Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer until water runs clear, drain, add to med sauce pan with 3 cups water, cook on med-high uncovered. Once it comes to a boil add beef base, stir and cover, reduce heat to low, cook for 30 minutes or until water is almost gone and quinoa has expanded and is thick, give a few stirs to make sure all water is gone.
Pour out on to a plate and let cool, once cooled, add sauteed onions, blended beans and seasonings, mix very well to blend. Taste, add more seasonings if needed, then fold in cheese. Form your burgers and place them on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, put in the fridge for at least 2 hours or longer.
Add oil to skillet add your burgers, cook over med to med-high for about 5 minutes, burger should have a nice brown color like a burger would have 🙂
Flip and then add some cheese on top if you want, cook another 5 minutes or so, add to your bun and dressing with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!!
At my class I did a BBQ Bacon Cheddar with crispy onion straws 🙂
They all enjoyed it for sure 🙂
Here they are at the class and the crowd that came 🙂
I had to make the burgers in batches, so many came 🙂