Wednesday, May 14, 2014

spicy baked falafel

Y'all know how much I love falafel. I ate it more times than is remotely acceptable on our trip to Paris last summer, and ever since then I get it whenever possible. I hesitated to make it at home because 1) my fear of frying and 2) my fear that I wouldn't be able to replicate its goodness.

But! I saw this baked recipe that sounded fabulous, so I had to go ahead and try it out. And y'all -- it was soooo good. The spices are just perfect, it couldn't be easier to make, and it totally exceeded my expectations.

Serve it on its own, over a salad, in a pita... try it out!

Spicy Baked Falafel (adapted from How Sweet Eats)
serves 2-4

you'll need:
2 (14 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 garlic cloves, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
1 egg
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley, plus more for serving
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
tzatziki, for serving

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients (except tzatziki) in a food processor or blender. Pulse until crumbly and combined.

Scoop about 2 tablespoons worth and form a small patty with your hands. Place falafel on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until slightly crisp on top. Serve with tzatziki sprinkled with parsley and red pepper flakes.

You can also pan-fry these if you'd like! Just heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet and cook each patty until browned on both sides.

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  1. I almost add this to my menu plan EVERY WEEK. And for some reason don't. Must get it on the menu ASAP! Looks amazing.

  2. Thank you for this post, falafels are one of my favs but I have never made them.

  3. Been looking for a good recipe for falafel! Hooray for a vegetarian option that you cane make in advance! Pinning these for later!

  4. I adore, adore falafel.. The worlds most perfect food. :) Love it!

  5. Love these falafel patties that I could actually make! So easy and baked - it's a winner. Thanks!

  6. I had falafel for the first time a few months ago. Crazy! I need to make them at home now.

    1. Ohh yes, I bet you would love these! So good!

  7. One of my favourite street foods. Stuffed in pitta with tahini-yoghurt sauce. Hello dinner!

  8. I have a fear of frying things too, haha! This looks tasty!

    1. Ha, glad you can sympathize :) Thanks, Rach!

  9. I always buy falafel but never made it cos I, too, didn't want to fry them - this recipe is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing it

  10. Hi Marie, What a great recipe, love that this is baked. One of my favorites!

  11. I LOVE THIS! :) Love chickpeas! Love middle eastern food!! GAH - drool!

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