Everything Bagel Quinoa Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche

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Author Notes: I think it’s safe to say that an everything bagel would be included in my last meal. However, unwilling to eat that amount of carbs very often, I’ve taken to flavoring other, healthier things with the “everything” seasoning.

These cute little quinoa cakes are sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning and then cooked until they are nice and golden brown on the outside. If you make the mix in advance and use leftover quinoa from last night's dinner, they're a speedy weekday breakfast. Top them with smoked salmon and crème fraîche, and these cakes are perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even a light dinner!
foxeslovelemons

Food52 Review: These little cakes were a revelation. At first glance, I thought the recipe would be too complicated for a quick breakfast, but using leftover quinoa really did make them quick and easy. The second wonder of the dish is the everything bagel spice mix, which you sprinkle on the cakes before cooking -- I also stirred a bit of it into the cakes before cooking. What a treat they were! The slight crunch of the spices, together with their zippy flavor, paired beautifully with the smoked salmon and the tangy cream. I can see serving them as appetizers as well as breakfast, brunch, or dinner. I will make these often!lmikkel

Serves 2

Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Quinoa Cakes

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 ounces smoked salmon
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  1. Make the Everything Bagel Seasoning: In small bowl, stir together all the ingredients. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. You will have a little bit left over to sprinkle on other things.
  2. Make the Quinoa Cakes: In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Add the quinoa, breadcrumbs, and cheese; then stir until well combined. Form the mixture into four 1/2-inch thick cakes. Sprinkle both sides of the cakes with Everything Seasoning, then lightly pat to adhere.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spray skillet with cooking spray, then carefully add the cakes. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until cakes are golden brown.
  4. Serve quinoa cakes topped with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and chives.
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8 months ago jenniebgood

This looks like such an fantastic alternative to bagels! I have an upcoming brunch and these are going on the menu!

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8 months ago foxeslovelemons

So glad to hear that, jenniebgood! I hope your brunch goes wonderfully and everybody enjoys these quinoa cakes :)

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9 months ago marymary

Double YUM. I got hooked on bagels, salmon and cream cheese recently and love your bagel replacement ideas. Many thanks.

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9 months ago foxeslovelemons

You're welcome, Mary!