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Pumpkin Quinoa Parmesan Fritters

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A fun, new way to enjoy quinoa during pumpkin season! This recipe is a unique way incorporate pumpkin into a savory recipe that you've never thought to try before! Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are going to be your new favorite side dish to accompany your dinner this season!

I’m so thankful that I had a three day weekend. I don’t typically care for Columbus Day (because I don’t agree with the reasonings behind the holiday) but I am definitely thankful for it this year because these house design meetings have been INSANE and completely frying my brain. Yesterday, on our day off, we went into the design center again and finalized everything. Signed off on everything and confetti fell from the ceiling.

Only, I wish that last bit happened, haha

Anyway, I should have another house update to share next week! I can’t wait to share with you all some of the finishes we have picked! Now, let’s discuss these pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters. YES, another savory pumpkin recipe. I told you I’m bringing back savory pumpkin recipes this year and this one is one you don’t want to miss!

A fun, new way to enjoy quinoa during pumpkin season! This recipe is a unique way incorporate pumpkin into a savory recipe that you've never thought to try before! Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are going to be your new favorite side dish to accompany your dinner this season!

Okay so part of the reason why I made pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters is because while I was on my sugar free challenge, I was craving something crispy and carb-loaded. I think I really wanted tater tots and while I could’ve easily made those, I thought whole grain goodness mixed with pumpkin would be the better alternative and boy, did I totally make the right choice!

These pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters remind me of my grilled corn fritters but obviously they’re slightly different! These quinoa fritters can be a fun new way to do dinner or a side dish. I mean, they’re kind of like bun-less “burgers” right? Like a vegetarian style of eating burgers. Oh! These would actually be perfect wrapped with lettuce leaves or something of that sort. Don’t you think?

A fun, new way to enjoy quinoa during pumpkin season! This recipe is a unique way incorporate pumpkin into a savory recipe that you've never thought to try before! Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are going to be your new favorite side dish to accompany your dinner this season!

 

A fun, new way to enjoy quinoa during pumpkin season! This recipe is a unique way incorporate pumpkin into a savory recipe that you've never thought to try before! Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are going to be your new favorite side dish to accompany your dinner this season!

A fun, new way to enjoy quinoa during pumpkin season! This recipe is a unique way incorporate pumpkin into a savory recipe that you've never thought to try before! Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are going to be your new favorite side dish to accompany your dinner this season!
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Pumpkin Quinoa Parmesan Fritters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Pumpkin quinoa parmesan fritters are a great way to have whole grains in your diet and a fun, new way to enjoy quinoa! Who doesn't love a savory pumpkin recipe such as this?
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to the directions on the bag. Let cool until cool enough for you to touch/handle.
  2. Place wax paper on a large baking sheet and set aside.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa to a large bowl.
  4. Add in the cheese, egg, pumpkin puree, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop, scoop quinoa mixture into balls then gently form them into 1/4-inch thick patties. Place on wax paper and continue to form patties until all quinoa has been used up.
  6. In a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into the skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Add two fritters into the skillet and cook until browned on one side. Using a large spatula, flip fritters and continue to cook until fritter is browned and warmed through.
  8. The fritter is slightly softer than most fritters - it shouldn't fall apart on you if you are gently enough with it.
  9. Continue cooking until all fritters have been cooked.
  10. Serve warm.
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Posted on October 11, 2016

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  1. Suzanne
    10/11/2016 at 12:01 pm

    Looks amazing! Can you please tell me what size can of pumpkin to use?

    • Julie
      10/11/2016 at 12:05 pm

      You don’t use the whole can. In the recipe it is stated that it’s 1 cup of pumpkin puree. In other words, 1 cup = 8 ounces of pumpkin puree. So at least an 8-ounce can of pumpkin puree for this recipe. I hope you enjoy!

  2. Maria Lichty
    10/11/2016 at 12:35 pm

    What a great use of pumpkin

  3. Kevin @ Closet Cooking
    10/12/2016 at 11:48 am

    Love the pumpkin quinoa and parmesan combo here!

  4. Heather Christo
    10/12/2016 at 4:50 pm

    I love these! and I can’t wait for the next house update!

  5. Marla Meridith
    10/13/2016 at 11:19 pm

    Pumpkin fritters? Count me in!

  6. jenny bryant
    10/18/2016 at 11:23 am

    HI- I am planning on making these this weekend. What is the green that’s in all of your fritters? That isn’t in the recipe. Thanks,

    • Julie
      10/20/2016 at 12:26 am

      I threw in freshly chopped parsley! It’s totally optional :)

  7. Sarah
    10/21/2016 at 12:06 pm

    These look delicious and I’d love to try them with my toddler! Do you think they would freeze well after cooking?

    • Julie
      10/22/2016 at 1:36 pm

      I think they would freeze well, definitely!

  8. Amy
    10/24/2016 at 9:07 pm

    Made these for dinner and they were delicious! I added parsley and crushed red pepper. Love the new use of pumpkin!

    • Julie
      10/25/2016 at 6:50 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed these!

  9. Agnes Maynard
    10/26/2016 at 4:18 am

    Looking forward to try making your quinoa pumpkin Parmesan fritters

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