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Cauliflower, Quinoa and Feta Fritters

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After my chief taster retired from his demanding career, instead of making packed lunches for him, I was confronted with the challenge of putting a light tasty lunch on the table. Unfortunately he has never learned to cook, and it’s not that we haven’t tried to teach him, but you know what they say about old dogs…..

From experience I knew that if I left him to his own devices he’d make do with coffee and cookies. Not wanting to be a galley slave I decided lunch in retirement had to be quick to prepare, tasty, based on vegetables and satisfying. I quickly got into a rut of soup, sandwiches, salads, soup, sandwich, salads.

Leftovers from dinner are a godsend. A quick round in the microwave and voila, lunch. Occasionally inspired by leftover cooked vegetables I’d make a frittata or turn leftover rice into wok fried rice. Then I discovered fritters.

An infinite variety of vegetables, cheeses, herbs and grains can be turned into fritters. Served with salad, burger style or simply topped with relish they are a fabulous lunch dish. I regularly make zucchini fritters, curried carrot fritters, (recipes coming soon) mixed vegetable fritters, roasted vegetable burgers and corn fritters.

I recently came across an idea for cauliflower fritters in a “Coles Food Magazine” which was the starting point for this post but after several meals of cauliflower fritters to refine the recipe it now bears little resemblance to the original.

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1/2 medium cauliflower, finely chopped
150g feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup cooked white quinoia
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
3/4 cup gluten free plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk soured with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 eggs

In a bowl combine the cauliflower, feta cheese, quinoia, chopped herbs, flour and baking powder. Whisk together the egg and soured milk then stir into the dry ingredients to make a thick batter.
Shallow fry heaped tablespoons of the batter in small batches until golden, turning once.
Keep the cooked fritters warm I the oven while you fry the remainder of the batter.
Makes approx 16
Delicious served with a squeeze of lemon juice.

About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

32 comments on “Cauliflower, Quinoa and Feta Fritters

  1. Fig & Quince
    October 20, 2013

    I mis-read the first line as your chief taster retiring from his job as chief taster and I was immediately about to send you my resume to apply for the job in your kitchen! 😉

    Frittatas are immensely versatile. I love them. Kookoo is (to some extent) the Persian incarnation of a frittata by the way, you may want to check those out as well.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 20, 2013

      He’ll never retire from the tasting job, I just asked!!!! I’ve recently discovered beautiful organic eggs from the farm gate on a road I travel often, so any new ideas with eggs are welcome. I’ll take a look at Kookoo, thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. Middle East Moments
    October 18, 2013

    Yum! I can’t wait to give these a go. With a couple of slices of avocado and some roasted tomatoes I have breakfast sorted for tomorrow morning – thank you!

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  3. Fae's Twist & Tango
    October 17, 2013

    I have to echo Lidia… brilliant combination of the ingredients! They look so delectable… beautiful photo of the fritters.

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  4. Sarah | The Sugar Hit
    October 16, 2013

    YUM! These look so delicious. Anything with feta.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 17, 2013

      Fetta cheese is a wonder ingredient, no doubt! Thanks for visiting 😃

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  5. laurasmess
    October 16, 2013

    Gorgeous, gorgeous recipe. I love quinoa, it’s become one of my favourite grains. I’ve never made it into fritters though, so that’s going to start with your recipe. The combo of the feta, herbs, cauliflower and lemon is a match made in heaven. HEAVEN, I tell you! Yum! xx

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  6. ChgoJohn
    October 16, 2013

    i must be the last person on WordPress who still hasn’t prepared quinoia in any form. I need to change that because these fritters sound fantastic.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 16, 2013

      Oh John, it’s so simple to cook. It has a nutty flavour and slightly crunchy texture. The fritters would be a good starting point😉

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  7. marymtf
    October 16, 2013

    Hardly know what to do with quinoa (only got the hang of pronouncing it recently). Your fritter recipe sounds delightful.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 16, 2013

      Thank you Mary, it’s nice to hear from you. You’ve being laying low recently!

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  8. tinywhitecottage
    October 16, 2013

    I love this recipe! I’m so glad you are back and posting such inspirational dishes. Well, it was fun reading about your adventure…. 🙂 I’ll have to make these fritters for sure. I think I may go ahead and try it will dill. I’m crazy about the dill and feta combination.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 16, 2013

      Glad you feel inspired to try the fritters! I’m glad to be home in my “proper” kitchen with fresh ingredients easy to hand! Let me know how you like the dill version.

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  9. ohlidia
    October 16, 2013

    Mmmm, these fritters do look great. And what an innovative idea to use cauliflower and feta. I just had to pin that photo, they’re so gorgeous! I’ll be giving these a try real soon.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 16, 2013

      Thanks for the pin and enjoy the fritters when you make them!

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  10. mawarre
    October 15, 2013

    These look very good. I’m always on the ookout for good gluten free lunch ideas for my son and I bet these would be delicious cold with a bit of salsa on the side. What are your thoughts on the different types of quinoa – wondered whether to use the black or red type in these fritters for a bit of a flvour difference.

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 15, 2013

      They are delicious cold. I personally prefer white quinoia and I think in this instance it is the best choice. The first version of this recipe was quite wet making the fritters difficult to handle. The mealy texture of the cooked quinoia helped firm up the fritters and they stayed together nicely. It also had good mouth feel. The coloured quinoias may assert their textural individuality too much to work here. Best thing is to give it a try. Let me know how they work out.😃

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  11. Darya
    October 15, 2013

    I love these! They are simple and quick, but at the same time they must have been satisfying and delicious. I love fritters, they always look nice on a plate, and you can put almost anything in them! Great idea for lunch!

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 15, 2013

      Thank you. The cauliflower was a wonderful match with the salty feta and fresh mint. I think they’d be good with dill added as well 😃

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      • Darya
        October 15, 2013

        Well, I couldn’t disagree, as I absolutely adore dill on almost anything! 😀

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  12. buckwheathealth
    October 15, 2013

    ohhh this looks really good!

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  13. Leah
    October 15, 2013

    yum! love fritters, but haven’t tried cauliflower before… going to have to bookmark this idea 🙂 xxx

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 15, 2013

      They were delicious. They were a bit soggy without the quinoia, it helped them along enormously. Xx

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      • Leah
        October 15, 2013

        Good to know. I was surprised in my pea fritters how nice the quinoa was as part of the mix and I can see how it would work with cauliflower. 🙂

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  14. pantryobsession
    October 15, 2013

    As you say, quick and delicious! I’ve made a few fritters in my time. These look great! 🙂

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    • ladyredspecs
      October 15, 2013

      Thanks a few false starts, but in the end they were worth it!

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