Something to Try This Weekend: Cheesy Bacon and Quinoa Fritters

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*Recipe and image courtesy of OIMP.

Yield: Serves 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

2 tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil 6 strips Ontario thick cut bacon, chopped 2 cups (500 mL) cooked quinoa 2/3 cup (150 mL) finely shredded Mozzarella cheese 3 tbsp (45 mL) all purpose flour 2 tbsp (30 mL) minced red onion 1 egg, lightly beaten

Cooking Instructions

  1.     Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp olive oil and bacon. Cook until bacon is almost crisp, 8 minutes. Save bacon fat. Transfer to paper towel to drain.
  2.     In a mixing bowl combine bacon, quinoa, cheese, flour, red onion and egg. Shape into 8 evenly sides cakes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm.
  3. To cook, remove all but 2 tbsp (30 mL) bacon fat from the skillet. Cook fritters in batches until golden on both sides, 4 minutes per side. Serve warm alongside a green salad.

Quinoa Cooking 101:

  1. Rinse 1 cup quinoa under cold water for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir quinoa into 2 cups boiling water. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until water has absorbed. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
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