pquinoa cauliflower patties . sprouted kitchen

We were going to be leaving for Yosemite tomorrow. It's sort of hard to believe that I have lived a bit less than a half-day's drive from the park my entire life and I've never been. We woke to the news of the National Park closures today, so we'll have to think of a plan B. Hugh has some work up there this weekend, so we'll know what to do once that gets figured. There is a pop-up tent on the roof of the car and a fridge full of food for the road so we'll certainly be going somewhere. I don't know if I ever craved wilderness until the last few years. I've always had ocean, and that fills me with inexplicable gratitude, but giant mountains and trees and waterfalls - a lady needs majesty like that every now and again. Both of us are a tad rusty on our rusticness, but the desire to be out in the wide open space and the trees is there, so we'll figure something out.

I made these patties with some items I had in the fridge. They are simple and intentionally simple-flavored as to be an addition anywhere you wish. I wanted these as a car snack, so I have a tupperware full with one little dish of this cilantro pesto and another of hummus for dipping. I like them on a pile of dark leafy greens or Hugh stuffed a couple in a pita for a handheld situation. I'll be trying one under a poached egg with hot sauce and avocado. You get the idea.

pquinoa cauliflower patties . sprouted kitchen pquinoa cauliflower patties . sprouted kitchen


Barely adapted from Vegetarian Everyday

I try to make a dressing or two on days I'm cooking so I just have them on hand when I need a quick meal. I don't really have a recipe for the one pictured here, but it was a quick whiz in the food processor of garlic, tahini, lemon, chives, cilantro, olive oil and a teeny splash of white wine vinegar. If you're the measurement sort, it'd be something like the dressing here but double the tahini.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 scallions, white and green parts
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 1/3 cup sheeps milk feta
  • zest of one large or two small lemons
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ghee, for cooking

pquinoa cauliflower patties . sprouted kitchen pquinoa cauliflower patties . sprouted kitchen

Rinse the quinoa. Put the quinoa and 2 cups water in a medium pot. Bring it up to a boil, add a pinch of salt and pepper, turn it down to a simmer and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, turn off the heat, set the lid ajar to rest.

In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until it resembles cous cous. About 10-15 times.

In a large bowl, whisk the 4 eggs together well. Add the cauli cous cous to the eggs. Back to the processor (it's fine if it still has cauli crumbles, leave them), add the scallions and oats and pulse a few times to roughly chop. Add this to the egg bowl along with the cooked quinoa. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper, the crumbled feta, lemon zest, chopped parsley and stir to mix well. Let the mixture rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Warm a nub of ghee in a heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Form the quinoa mixture into patties about 4'' wide and 1'' thick. Cook them for about 4 minutes on each side until just crisped, covering them after the flip to completely warm though. The patties will keep covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

pquinoa cauliflower patties . sprouted kitchen

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Reader Comments (105)

Could I sub crumbled tofu for the feta? I can have eggs but not dairy. Thanks!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershelley

Can I say how much I am loving cauliflower lately? It's like the wonder veggie! It can substitute for rice, pasta, pizza crust, and now in a patty! I have to try this ASAP because it looks absolutely marvelous!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane @ Vintage Zest

I just made a big batch of quinoa last night, so this will be perfect to use it up! And Yosemite ... mmm. You must go soon, even if it's not this trip. Something about the height and depth and saturated color and the different kind of quiet .... it feeds the soul. Enjoy the time away in nature wherever you end up!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

this is the kind of dish I need to include in my daily meals. I am sorry about the park closure but hopefully you guys will have a great time :)

Sara, you are so on target! I had some cauliflower for dinner last night and today I've been dreaming of the many other ways I could eat it. These patties look divine and I'm so excited to try them!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTori

I love this take on a veggie burger. Anytime you char up cauliflower it tastes amazing! Like popcorn I would say!

I'm also wondering about the feta & the eggs. I would love to make something like this & I'm vegan, so maybe I'll give it try with finding a replacement for those things.

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanae @ bring joy

@shelley - I will say that the feta is what gives these flavor - otherwise they are pretty basic. I hesitate with tofu because it is pretty wet, but I think it's worth a shot if you pressed it will. I'd suggest adding some smoked paprika, few more pinches of salt etc to add some seasoning to the patties to fill in where feta left off.

October 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

This look awesome!!! Love caulfilower AND quinoa. Will try!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Tadic

They look great Sara! These patties are on regular rotation in our home . I'm so glad to see your take on them. And the dressing sounds perfect. Enjoy your trip!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

@David - they are SO good! I love love love your book.

October 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

add crab and have a flourless crab cake!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter@Emperor

That looks incredible! Mouth watering

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNieves

Looks incredible! Love the idea of a poached egg over this!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie @ Little Kitchie

These look simply delightful!



October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

I absolutely love these! Such a fab dinner :)

"A lady needs majesty" - yes! That's a beautiful and very true phrase. And I think I'm with you - I've always spent a lot of time outdoors, but I didn't LOVE the wilderness myself until more recently. I think that the enthusiasm of my birdwatching, nature-loving father and sister might have mellowed out my nature-love when I was little - they're pretty intense, and I was the littlest/slowest/chattiest/etc. - but it sunk in anyway, and I'm a convert now. I hope you two find somewhere lovely to adventure - you deserve the time away, surrounded by some beauty and quiet. xo

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

Where do you add the quinoa? It doesn't say - in the bowl with everything else?

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterM

It seems that in real life it's easy to forget about cauliflower. In blog life I see so many cauliflower recipes, yet I rarely end up making them, but this use if the ingredient is way different than most I've ever seen, I'd like to bring it into real life!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaime @ asweetroad

Sounds delicious! Cauliflower has always been my favorite!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

Ohhhh yum. Cauliflower is so delicious, I'm really a big fan.

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

Those look beautiful!

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdana

I'm on a cauliflower kick right now. I recently tried using cauliflower as a pizza base and it was absolutely delicious. Can't wait to give these patties a go.

Stunning photography. And Loving this flavor combo and technique. I will have to share on my fb page if that's okay with you. Love it!

i love EVERYTHING cauliflower related! this is a perfect idea for the transition to fall cooking. i can't wait to make these!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica (bakecetera)

These look wonderful! What an easy meal and a great snack for traveling. I hope that you get to go on an adventure and that the park closure didn't hamper your plans too much.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea @ TableForOne

I love vegetarian patties like these, such a fantastic recipe!

can't wait to make these! i'd like to make the dressing you mentioned, but the link doesn't work. help!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkat

I love cauliflower and I love this recipe. What a great combo.

These look incredible! I've been getting a little bored of my standard bean-based veggie patties, so this will be a perfect way to switch it up.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachael@AnAvocadoADay

This is felafel's sexy cousin.

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoco in the Kitchen

I was so excited to make this tonight - the mixture is currently resting in the fridge - but I wanted to note that you seem to have left out the step where you mix the quinoa into the rest of the mixture! I assumed it was prior to resting in the fridge...I hope that was the right guess. Thanks for your great recipes!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKateS

@KateS- thank you! Fixed!

October 2, 2013 | Registered CommenterSara

Yum!!! I love cauliflower in every form and I'm always excited to try a new patty:) I am going to have to try and make these eggless (if that's possible)!

October 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAsha

Thiiiiiiiis makes me weepy. I need all of the patties ever.

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

Looks fantastic! Always looking for new ways to use cauliflower - definitely going to give this a try. Thanks!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZoe @ One Beet

Oh, these patties are adorable! They sound absolutely exquisite. What a beautiful post. Thank you, Sara and Hugh. :)

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna

YUM. I have gotten really into quinoa hearty and delicious. Definitely need to try this cauliflower version, it sounds awesome!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersara

Made these last night on a bed of greens and it was heavenly!! Great, easy recipe that I'll definitely be making again. Thanks for sharing!!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

Hey Sara! Brendan's mom lives in Oakhurst and has a guest house. She works for the park service, too. :) Let me know if you want to stay there!!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoz

Looks wonderful -- love your recipes!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary C.

Looks so good! I will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing!

October 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVille

I'm definitely gonna try this recipe! Cauliflower is the best veggie; healthy and useful in so many ways - I just made this cauliflower pizza which took pizza to a complete new level :)

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatrine

Yummy! :D

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNP

Oh my...... awesome cauliflower dish. Love this too much....<3

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Dumpfree

These look AMAZING!! If you are looking for a food-related laugh while you enjoy, check out

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma

Holy moly -- these look even more incredible than Heidi Swanson's quinoa patties! Got to give these a try soon!

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna @ One

Wow!! These look a-mazing! Have a wonderful time on your trip :)

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYumi

Hey Sara! Sorry you didn't end up at Yosemite! Where'd you find your solitude instead? We are having the same difficulties in WA and OR, trying to see Rainier and others, though, luckily, Mt. St. Helens National Monument was still open the other day. Keeping our fingers crossed that Crater Lake will open soon. Love the recipe and your storytelling. I've been smiling every time I read your food journal lately, because I've noticed a big confidence boost in your storytelling. You go girl. Keep it up, and I can't wait for the new book. I'm interested in learning a lot of bowl recipes as it is hard to have a lot of dishes while traveling!!

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

oh goodness gracious, these sound good....

i do hope you get your dose of majesty, political shenanigans aside. there's plenty to be had, national parks or no.

cheers to you two,

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermolly

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