Amaranth Cakes

Amaranth Cakes

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  • 1 cup amaranth
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mushroom broth
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh marjoram
  • High-heat oil, such as safflower or sunflower, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, to shave on top (optional)


Place amaranth, shallots, salt and broth in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to very low. Cook for 25 minutes or until grain absorbs all the liquid. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool. Stir in egg, flour and marjoram.

Pour 1/8-inch layer of oil into large skillet, and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, drop in 2 tablespoon-size mounds of amaranth mixture and flatten with a fork into a pancake shape. Cook until browned on the bottoms, about 1 minute. Flip and brown the other side. Repeat with remaining mixture.

To serve, garnish with chopped parsley and shaved Parmesan, if using; serve immediately.

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