These little mouthfuls of gorgeousness have come into my life, and personally I do not foresee them leaving my life anytime soon. I know that they do not look too appealing to the eye, but trust me…they are delicious! These are baked and not fried (yay !!!). They are jam-packed with loads of nutrition, thanks to the swiss chard, and they are gluten-free! Okay, these don’t need to be made gluten-free, but for those with a gluten intolerance or whatever, this is an added bonus. Aannnnnd, to make these little gems even more desirable and more-ish, they are amazing to eat with a plain yoghurt, additional garlic and herbs. Ahh I just cannot resist these babies. I made a batch the other day, and literally from the baking tray they were being devoured. They are divine. I put a few aside in a container, and the following day we had them for lunch with a salad. They too, are the perfect healthy snack attack.
Swiss Chard and Chilli Parsley Patties
Preparation time: 13 minutes
Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes
Total time: 28 – 33 minutes
Makes approximately 12 depending on size
300 grams fresh Swiss Chard, shredded finely (I used the food processor to do this)
3 – 4 large fat garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon (15 milliliters) of dried chilli flakes (seeds discarded if wanted)
1/4 cup (62.50 milliliters) chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups (375 milliliters) chickpea flour (I used Gluten-Free)
1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) baking powder (I used Gluten-Free)
1/2 cup (125 milliliters) water
1 cup (or more) Plain yoghurt (I used Lactose-Free)
2 garlic cloves, finely crushed
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius / 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a medium-sized bowl, add the finely shredded Swiss Chard, garlic, chillies, parsley, flour, baking powder and gradually add the water. Stir all the ingredients thoroughly until a thick batter is formed. If you feel you feel you need a bit more water, then add, but do not allow this batter to be thin. Using a tablespoon collect together enough thick batter and then place on a lined and greased baking tray. These patties will not spread much so just leave a small space in-between each pattie. It is not necessary to flatten them, I quite like the rugged rustic look of the jagged edges. Ideally if you have a silicone baking mat, these work the best as no lining or greasing is required. Once the baking tray is full, place in the oven to bake until done.
For the Optional Extra’s: Place the garlic and parsley into a bowl and add the yoghurt.
Serve warm or hot with the yoghurt (if using).