Monday, December 10, 2012

Mushroon & Feta Quinoa Cakes

Mushroom & Feta Quinoa Cakes

I have told you before that sometimes I literally wake up with a recipe idea in my head.  When I put those dreams into action in the kitchen, and then post them here, they tend to be some of my most popular recipes.  See: crab rangoon dip, lemon-lavender greek yogurt pound cake, cinnamon toast crunch dip.

These quinoa cakes, as simple as they sound, were on my mind when I woke up yesterday.  I had mushrooms that were on the brink of death and I am not one to throw away food.  I also had no idea what I was going to post today.  I love salty feta cheese and always have it on hand.  And for some reason, I imagined these as breakfast quinoa cakes and topped them off with an egg, sunny side up!

Mushroom & Feta Quinoa Cakes

I couldn’t have been happier with the way these quinoa cakes turned out.  You can eat them for breakfast, lunch or dinner but hear this: as long as you like quinoa, mushrooms and feta, you will love these.  They are tender, full of flavor and so, so simple.  They can be made ahead and heated just in time for a meal.  You could serve them on slider buns or on mixed greens.  I bet they would also be out of this world with my mushroom herb gravy.  However you serve them, just do it.

Mushroom & Feta Quinoa Cakes

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Mushroom & Feta Quinoa Cakes

Yield: 8 quinoa cakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

A simple and flavorful recipe for quinoa cakes with mushrooms, onions, thyme and feta cheese. Serve with an egg on top, sunny side up.


for the quinoa:
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

for the cakes:
3 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 cup mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tbs. fresh thyme, chopped
dash of soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa (see above)
3/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
1 egg
1/2-3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
salt & pepper to taste


to cook the quinoa:
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a sauce pot. Add the quinoa and salt and toast, stirring occasionally. Add the broth and bring to a boil. COver, reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes, until the water is absorbed and the germ of the quinoa is exposed. Transfer the quinoa to a large bowl.

for the cakes:
While the quinoa cooks, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add the mushrooms, green onion, garlic and thyme and cook for 7-8 minutes until the mushrooms are caramelized. Add salt & pepper to taste and stir in the dash of soy sauce.

Remove from the heat and transfer to a large bowl. Add the feta cheese, cooked quinoa (see above) and mix well. Add the egg and 1/2 cup panko and mix well. The mixture should be moist and easily hold together, add more panko as needed.

Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to measure the mixture and form into eight patties.

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Cook the patties for 3-4 minutes on one side until browned, then flip and cook for 2-3 more minutes on the opposite side.

Mushroom & Feta Quinoa Cakes


47 Responses to “Mushroon & Feta Quinoa Cakes”

  1. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 10, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    I hate waking up early to go to the bathroom because I always wake up with a food idea and there’s no use in even trying to get back to sleep. It’s kind of terrible.

    These look interesting! I still don’t really know what quinoa is. I’m a bit behind with the times. Gonna go check that out now!

    • Cassie replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

      For someone who likes to cook on the healthy side of things, you will love quinoa!

  2. #
    DessertForTwo — December 10, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Cassie! This is perfect! I have mushrooms, feta & quinoa in the house! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 10, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    Holy Yum! Love all the rustic flavors here!

  4. #
    brandi — December 10, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    well, this definitely would have been better than the breakfast I had this morning 🙂 love it with the egg on top!

  5. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — December 10, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    OH my word. These are right up my ally!!!! Tonight’s dinner for sure.

  6. #
    Kathryn — December 10, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    This is such a great idea, I love that salty kick from the feta and the depth of flavour from the mushroom. Delicious!

  7. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — December 10, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    This is a fantastic BLD recipe! Can’t wait to action!

  8. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 10, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I LOVE the way you think… it’s always delicious! 🙂

  9. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 10, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I made quinoa cakes in the summer ALL the time but haven’t made them in months! You’re inspiring me to get back at it and I love the feta cheese in these babies. The simmered, caramelized mushrooms too, perfection Cassie!

  10. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — December 10, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    Mooooother of God yes.

  11. #
    Sandy @ RE — December 10, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    OMG, these sound so good, Cassie. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 10, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    I love all things topped with an egg!!

  13. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 10, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    You had me at egg. Swoon.

  14. #
    Carissa — December 10, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    These look fantastic! I can never have enough quinoa recipes!

  15. #
    Aggie — December 10, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    This is the best idea ever!! I’m so hungry for this right now!

  16. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — December 10, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I Totally LOVE this! Really, anything with a sunny side egg on top is just brilliant.

  17. #
    Angie — December 10, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    How simple and cute, I love it!

  18. #
    NIcole @ lapetitebaker — December 10, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    My boyfriend is thankfully a night person because I always wake up at 3 am, and eliminate the whole entire room with my cell phone because of some great recipe idea I dreamt about. I could eat these quinoa cakes for lunch, breakfast and dinner in the same day.

  19. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — December 10, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    Mmmm, I want this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Love the egg on top!

  20. #
    Cathy @noblepig — December 10, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    This looks so delicious, and so easy! Thanks for this recipe.

  21. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — December 10, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    I do the same thing. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and need to write a note about some of things I dream about, just so that I don’t forget!

  22. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 10, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    That fried egg on top – genius! That’s exactly how I like to eat my quinoa cakes!

  23. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 10, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I love mushrooms and feta, what a perfect use for them in these cakes!

  24. #
    Erin — December 10, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Yum!! I’ll just leave out the feta, and be in heaven!

  25. #
    Rachel Cooks — December 10, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    These look amazing, Cassie! I love everything about them!

  26. #
    Kate@Diethood — December 10, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    mushroom and feta… awesome, awesome idea!!

  27. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — December 10, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Love this recipe…and the egg on top. I wanted to buy the URL “”, but it was taken. The egg topped possibilities are endless…and this is a perfect recipe! Love!

    • Cassie replied: — December 10th, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

      That is so awesome, Heather. Yes, everything is better with an egg!

  28. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 10, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    What a great combo and I love serving it with an egg on top! I want this for breakfast tomorrow now.

  29. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 10, 2012 @ 7:14 pm

    Just pinned this to my bfast board! Love this idea–I’m not a huge sausage patty fan (they just taste way over processed), so I’m always on the hunt for good swaps to serve with eggs. These look amazing! I’m with you on recipes that just come to your head–for me, these become often become our long-running favorites.

  30. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — December 10, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    That egg seals it for me! This looks and sounds amazing and aren’t we crazy thinking about food all of the time lol!

  31. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — December 10, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    I maintain that life is better with an egg on top of everything. These are gorgeous Cassie!

  32. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — December 10, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    I can already taste these cakes! They’re filled with some of my favorites and I know I’d want to snack on them all day until the whole batch was gone. I too wake up thinking about recipes…does that make us fluent in food? 😉

  33. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 10, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    These cakes look delicious, Cassie! I like that you used feta. And of course, that egg on top is a must!

  34. #
    Anita at Hungry Couple — December 10, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    I love it. Healthy, creative and tasty!

  35. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — December 11, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    Wow! That egg on top has me drooling this morning! YUM!

  36. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 11, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Why have I been away from your blog for so long Cassie!?!? I don’t know why, but I am so glad I came today. These look wonderful!!

    BTW, I have the same napkin – for photos – in a couple other colours. Pier 1??

    • Cassie replied: — December 11th, 2012 @ 8:14 am

      You know it! I love Pier 1 for their linens and plates!

  37. #
    carrian — December 11, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    These look fantastic!

  38. #
    Jayne — December 11, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    I wish I thought if this! I have leftover quinoa and feta and everything it calls for. But I took my plain plain quinoa to work for lunch with leftover green curry. I guess I have to make myself a new batch of quinoa just to try this recipe out.

  39. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 11, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    I love quinoa, and I’m always looking for new recipes incorporating it. This looks like a winner!

  40. #
    Meghan — December 13, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    Keep dreaming up those recipes girl! These look awesome & the egg on top totally seals the deal! Can’t wait to try them!

  41. #
    Shaina — December 13, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    I love that you used quinoa. Plus, I’m a sucker for anything with an egg on it.

  42. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 16, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I could totally go for this on Sunday morning, especially with the egg on top! Just perfect!

  43. #
    Elizabeth — December 23, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    One of my life mottos is… “put an egg on it!” So this recipe is right up my alley! Can’t wait to try.

  44. #
    silvana Barros — March 1, 2013 @ 5:56 am

    eu não conheço vou procurar experimentar para mim e minha familia
    tudo que é bom pra saúde tó dentro obrigado pela trabalho com os produtos da herbalife vai ser perfeito! silvana 2299189539 nova Friburgo.trabalho com espaço vida saudável.

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