I love finding new creations and food inventions to try. Typically, my dishes entail whatever goodies I find in my fridge mixed with whatever vision I have going at the time… total invention style. But every now and then, I catch myself stumbling upon a site like Tastespotting to get some creative inspiration… to suddenly see something I just must try. This was one of those… a “what in god’s name is that- I must make it now” treat. Quinoa and avocado little fritters of love…. come on, amazing. I tweaked the recipe a wee so that I could use what I already had around the house- to keep it easy on myself 😉 The link to the original recipe is HERE if you want to take a gander… gotta pay homage to the creator of this little treasure!
My changes were minimal – instead of using the aji amarillo chili paste recommended in the original recipe, I made my dipping sauce with Sriracha ’cause it’s something that’s easy to find and you all may already have and added some honey to balance out the spice. It’s a simple dipping sauce with lots of flavor! I also used Mizithra cheese (in stead of Cotija), which is a Greek cheese that is very similar in texture and taste. Cotija is easier to find I imagine, but I’m Greek, so used what I had. Cotija can be found at most major grocery stores and Mexi food marts. If you can’t find either in your area, you can use Parmesan or feta as a substitute- use whatever is easiest for you to get your hands on…
One last modification- I lessened the amount of quinoa. I wasn’t trying to feed an army, just my mom and I, so aimed for about a 1/2 cup quinoa instead of 2/3. It made just enough for us to over-eat and indulge quite nicely. 😉 I’m sure it would normally feed a few more, but we’re a little piggy at times so it was perfect for us (with a few left over for later!). Give it a try- see what you think! Super creative and unique, I think!!
Even though it’s an unusual recipe with some creativetouches, the ingredients are actually quite simple…
Mmmm I could live on avos… healthy and delicious!!
Makes about 20 fritters
1/2 cup quinoa
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Mizithra or Cotija cheese (use feta as a substitute if desired)
1/4 cup flour (use what you like)
4 green onions, about 1 cup chopped
handful fresh parsley, about 1/2 cup chopped
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
avocado oil, for frying (about 3/4 cup)
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup mayo
1 tsp Sriracha
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp honey (or pure maple syrup)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh parsley
Mix very well until quinoa mix forms a doughy texture
Generously season avo with salt and pepper…
Set an avocado square in center and use hands to shape mix into a ball around avocado
Place on a plate or cutting board and continue making avo/quinoa balls until done
When browned, flip and cook other side
When done, lay on a paper towel to dry
Plate and get that yummy dipping sauce out!