I’m very excited to share the following dish with you.
If you are interested you can read about the official “rules” on her blog, but in a nutshell you can use any recipe (as long as you cite the source) that is free from meat, dairy, white flour and sugar. I decided I couldn’t resist, and got to work in my kitchen armed with a bunch of this month’s feature ingredient- MINT! Yummers.
I LOVE middle eastern food, and couldn’t think of a better cuisine to work with for this challenge. I also impulsively picked this up at the fruit market recently, and it turned out to be a perfectly timed, albeit, a little odd-looking purchase:
Anyways, my entry for this month’s SOS challenge is inspired by falafels. I wanted to put my own spin on this classic dish and what I came up with was a quinoa patty, made with baba ganouj and topped with a mint tahini sauce. It was pretty delish, if you want to know the truth. Here’s the recipe:
Baba Ganouj Quinoa Patties with Minted Tahini Sauce
2 C quinoa, cooked in veggie broth and cooled
1 garlic clove
1/2 C homemade baba ganouj
3 T fresh parsley
3 T fresh mint
3 T ground flaxseed
1/2 tsp salt
1 T nutritional yeast
2 T lemon juice
4 T sunflower seeds
1 tsp cumin
Pepper, to taste
Mint Tahini Sauce Ingredients
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C fresh mint, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
3 T lemon juice
2/3- 1 C water (depending on how thick you like your sauce)
1/2 C tahini
1. Rinse 1 C quinoa well and put it into a pot with 2 C of water or veggie broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered, until the quinoa is done.
5. While the patties are baking, make the mint tahini sauce. Simply place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
6. Top the patties with mint tahini sauce, and serve them on their own, in a pita, over a salad or however else you like.
I served mine straight up, with a side salad (which was also drenched drizzled in tahini). But I think these would be even better stuffed in a pita, with a little hummus on the side.
Hope you all like my minty dish. Can’t wait to see what the SOS theme for September is!
Question for my readers- What is the difference between baba ganouj and baba ganoush? Are they the same thing, spelled differently? I have always spelled/said ganoush, until I re-read the recipe that I linked to and got paranoid that I was uninformed. Help me out here! Leave your comments below.