Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lighter Game Day Fare: Red Quinoa Sliders

With the big game day tomorrow, you may need a tasty appetizer to help fuel the Football fans. Here’s a nice vegan variation for the traditional hamburger sliders. These are made with red quinoa and are packed full of flavor and protein. These sliders are so tasty that you’ll never miss the meat. These can be made ahead of time and just re-heated in the oven right before your game day crowd arrives. 

Go ahead and wow your friends with a little vegan treat, some Red Quinoa Sliders. Go team!!!

               Red Quinoa Sliders
              (Vegan, can be gluten-free)
                      Makes 8-10 sliders

1 cup red quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups roughly chopped button mushrooms
½ teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup chopped shallots
dash salt and pepper
1 ½ cups cooked garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
(Optional) ¼ to ½ cup chickpea flour  (if needed)
1 ½ Tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
1 ½ teaspoon tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup scallion tops thinly sliced (green parts)

Bring to boil 2 cups vegetable broth and then add one cup red quinoa. (If using your own unsalted stock, add ¼ teaspoon salt.) Add quinoa to the stock and then bring it down to a simmer. Cover and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. (Quinoa is done when the spiral–like germ is visible.) While quinoa is cooking, chop button mushrooms. Sauté over medium-high heat in olive oil until soft and lightly browned.  Then set aside.

Add quinoa to a food processor along with shallots, garlic and garbanzo beans. Pulse until nicely creamy and combined. (Add chick pea flour if it seems too thin.) In a large bowl, add mushrooms to the mixture.  Add tarragon, along with tamari, salt, pepper, and scallions. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Form into little balls (about ½ cup of the mixture for each).  Refrigerate for ½ hour or longer, if possible. Sauté in a frying pan with a dash of olive oil until browned and crispy on both sides.

Serving suggestions
Put on your favorite mini roll with a spicy mustard and sharp cheddar cheese.  If making vegan, top with a vegan pesto mayonnaise or hummus.  

If you like this slider, you might also want to try my Spicy Black Bean Slider as well.

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