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Baked Falafel

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This is the story of a girl falling in love.

No, not with a man.

With a legume.

Yeah, you read that right. A legume. Chickpeas, to be specific.

Up until her senior year of high school, the girl had never even had a chickpea. Not a one. Instead, she floated along blindly on the belief that meat = protein, and everything else just didn’t pass muster.

And then, one day, the girl stumbled into a bizarrely awesome restaurant in her hometown, and it was there that the girl first had hummus. And it was (oh no…here it comes…are you ready?) yummus.

A little while later, off the girl went to her expensive liberal arts college, full of crunchy granola types who loved things like chickpeas and hummus. But it was not until the girl studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, that her true love for that odd little legume fully emerged. Chickpeas – or better known as garbanzos – were everywhere! And the girl’s señora made sure to feed them to her frequently.

But this was not just a passing fancy. No, this was to be a forever kind of love that would only increase with the years. And now, as the girl is on her own and cooking for herself, she finds that many a dinner has been made a little less lonely – and a lot less expensive – with the presence of her favorite legume.

And so, here is a recipe made to specifically highlight the love of a girl and a chickpea. Baked, of course, not fried (as would be traditional…but then again, writing a love story about a legume isn’t exactly traditional, is it?).

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Baked Falafel
 
Adapted slightly from Shutterbean
Yield: 12 patties (4 servings)
Ingredients
  • 1 15 ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsely
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon corriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-4 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse chickpeas. In a food processor, chop onion and garlic. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse to combine, adding additional flour one tablespoon at a time as needed until mixture holds together. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour (I chilled mine while I was at work during the day).
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Form chilled chickpea mixture into 12 small patties. Place on a well-greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes on each side, until nicely browned - note, only the part touching the pan will become brown and crispy.
  4. Serve with pita, lettuce (or spinach, in my case), tomato, cucumber and the sauce of your choice - perhaps some tzatziki and additional tahini or
  5. yogurt-tahini sauce.
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Deb

Sunday 12th of February 2012

Can't wait to try this. I love Falafel! Great to eat & fun to say!!

DessertForTwo

Saturday 11th of February 2012

Stephie!

This is my exact story with chickpeas, except I never went to Spain! I never had them growing up, then I went to grad school in Cali and all the hippies turned me onto them!

Love these! Can't wait to bake 'em up! My Southern roots might object, but after one bite, no one can resist!

ps Coconut cream pie on my site next week...... shhhh!! don't tell a soul! ;)

Stephie

Sunday 12th of February 2012

Christina...you might be my new hero.

Choc Chip Uru

Friday 10th of February 2012

I love your love story - so sweet ;) And I adore this creation of baked falafel - looks better than the traditional! Glad to have found your wonderful blog :D

Cheers Choc Chip Uru Latest: Three Layer Brownie Cheesecake

Stephie

Friday 10th of February 2012

Thank you! I'm glad to have you here! =)

Candace

Thursday 9th of February 2012

I think we have had this discussion before. I also adore chickpeas. I make my own hummus pretty regularly but I have yet to make falafel! These are ingredients I always have on hand so I believe they will be on next week's dinner list!!

Dara

Thursday 9th of February 2012

LOVE falafel! I especially love it baked. Such a great post. I also really like those gorgeous jars you have in the background. Well done.

Stephie

Thursday 9th of February 2012

Thank you! As for the canisters, they were made by one of my mom's high school friends who is now a potter. You can see more of his stuff here: http://bergstoneware.com/ =)