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Cheesy Bacon Quinoa Fritters

Prep Time15 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time30 mins

A simple dinner that combines the protein-rich nutrients of quinoa with the delicious smoky flavour of bacon.

 2 tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
 6 strips Ontario thick cut bacon, chopped
 2 cups (500 mL) cooked quinoa
  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

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.


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.


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.

Cook's Notes:

Serves 4

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.