I think I've mentioned it before, but I was a vegetarian for 8 years growing up. I was 7 when I gave up meat, and I started eating chicken and fish again when I was 15. Even though I was vegetarian, I didn't eat "vegetarian" foods all that much. I was perfectly happy to subsist off of macaroni and cheese, french fries, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I was not a fan of tofu or other meat replacement type foods. Ironically enough, now that I do eat meat, I actually really enjoy those foods. Recently, I have been making an effort to go meatless for a few dinners per week, and I've been enjoying finding new foods and cuisines that we like.
I had been wanting to make falafel for quite some time, but I was put off by frying them. Both for health reasons and well, the mess it makes. I saw Cate make baked falafel recently, and I was excited to try it.
Y'all, this is seriously one of the easiest, low mainentance meals ever. You do have to plan for it, since the garbanzo beans need to soak overnight, but after that it comes together quite quickly. I made mine a little bigger, and we ate them as patties, versus wrapping them in pita. I think they are delicious either way, and I'll definitely keep this in my rotation as a vegetarian night dinner.
adapted from Cate's World Kitchen, originally from Epicurious
- 1 cup dried chickpeas
- 1/2 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
- 4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp dried coriander
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- up to 4 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
- Olive oil, for baking.
Preheat the oven to 350. Pour 2-4 tablespoons olive oil onto a baking sheet, and tilt to cover the entire sheet.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and transfer them to a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the onion, parsley, salt, garlic, cayenne, cumin, coriander, and lemon, and pulse several times, until a paste forms. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the baking powder, and mix to combine. Add the flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture stays together when formed into a ball.
Working 2-3 Tablespoons at a time, form the mixture into balls, then flatten into 3/4 inch thick patties. Line on the baking sheet, and bake 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the outsides are browned and crispy.