13 May 2011

Baked Falafel


The days of Paul thinking falafel is fahl-awful are over =) 
[This falalfel recipe] has been a happy part of our recipe rotation for months now.

The only thing holding me back from having a weekly falafel-a-thon was that my original recipe was fried to a golden brown.  I have been dying to try a baked version and with mounds of parsley popping up in my garden... it was obviously time to test out some new falafel recipes!


What's in it?
[adapted from this recipe] [makes approx 8 patties]
15oz canned or soaked chickpeas
2 Tbsp flour of your choice
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt + 1/4 tsp pepper
olive oil (for brushing)
2 fluffy warm pitas or wraps

Customize your toppings!
red or white onions
crunchy greens
crumbled feta
cucumbers
tomatoes
YUMMUS
bell peppers
broccoli slaw
mint +/or parsley

P&C's Tzatziki Sauce
(makes one heaping cup of sauce)
3/4 cup of plain yogurt, greek or regular
1/2 large cucumber seeded, peeled, and diced/minced
1/4 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic, minced + smushed
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
a small sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper
dried minced onions, dried dill, and garlic powder, to taste

Tzatziki Sauce

This sauce is AMAZING! It also makes a baller topping for baked potatoes
Especially on [ Samosa Stuffed Potatoes ]
In. Sane.

If you don't have yogurt for the tzatziki sauce, or if you're a little scared to try it (hey it happens!) you can certainly subsitute a light ranch dressing.  But if you can, try the tzatziki!  If you're dairy free, try whipping up a fun hummus sauce to drizzle over the falafel.  You kids are creative, I know you've got a ton of tricks up your sleeves for such occasions =)

Baked Falafel Platter with Tzatziki Sauce
Get Cooking!
Preheat oven to 400F. Whip out your handy dandy food processor + toss in chickpeas, flour, parsley, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt + pepper.  Pulse until blended + flatten into balls/discs with hands.  Brush each patty with olive oil and bake on a greased baking pan for 20 minutes.  This recipe takes maybe 25 minutes max.  So Easy!

So... How was it? 
WAY easier (and healthier!) than the fried version! Though utterly flavorful and crispy, they lacked the super moist center of my fried falafel recipe, so they were a tad dry to eat on a bed of greens like I had originally intended.  Enter a warm fluffy wrap (or pita!) and a generous dollop of greek yogurt cucumber sauce and I didn't miss my fried patties anymore!  What a wrap!  I'll probably continue to tweak and toy with this baked recipe (adding onions + lemon juice to the patty sounds like a good next step to me!)  because it's just so tasty and easy not to eat again! =)  P and I agreed it will be on our plates again very soon.  Maybe as Mediterranean sliders? Yum!

Reader Review!


Emily blogs over at  Write Twenty Eleven - Thanks girl!


The day I whipped these up, I was out of tomatoes and onion.
Obviously that means I need to go grocery shopping and make these again.
After all, they deserve it =)

Do you make your own veggie/legume patties at home?
What are some of your go-to ingredients?

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73 comments:

  1. I love this. I had falafel for the first time weeks ago and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I'm going to have to make this way healthier version sometime soon!

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  2. No way, I didn't realize that falafel was made from chick peas. Those are one of Ryan's fave things, so I can totally make these for him! And they look carb (grain) free! Awesome.
    But really, you gotta stop taunting me with recipes to cook. I don't have time for this business! :)

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  3. Thanks for posting my dinner for tomorrow night. :)

    I've made a baked sweet potato falafel before (soooo good!), but never a "regular" version. Obviously, a big gap in my culinary experience. Can't wait to try this out. They look scrumptious!

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  4. Happy to oblige: http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2010/11/go-time/

    It was gooooood.

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  5. I love falafel, and it doesn't make me 'feel awful' (yukyukyuk)! But I never deep fry food at home so I've never made it myself. But this, this will be made. It sounds like a snap!

    p.s. your falalafel patties look like cookies :D

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  6. yummm!! my husband makes killer falafel ( but they're always fried)...I've never tried baking them though. And for the tzatziki sauce we always put dried mint leaves as garnish...it tastes soo good!

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  7. that sounds mouth watering, actually!

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  8. I've done black bean burgers before that were pretty awesome.

    And this is something I could totally get on board with- baking is def way easier than frying... :)

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  9. I haven't had falafel in far too long...but I love it! This recipe looks awesome, and I agree; tzatziki is the way to go :]
    I love making my own veggie/bean burgers at home! SO much better than their boxed counterparts, and you can make them exactly how you want them :]

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  10. YUM! that looks sooo tasty. and i love that its not super deep fried like falafels usually are.. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  11. Yum yum yummers. I don't know if I've ever had falafel, but it looks so good I think I need to try it!

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  12. Oh myyyyyy. I was recently introduced to falafel too, and I adore those perfect little fried chickpea patties. Can't wait to try this healthier version!

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  13. i've never baked my own falafel but i'd love to! i love fresh herbs and need to use them more!

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  14. Yum! Those look awesome - I love falafel; especially a healthy version! They look great with your broccoli slaw :-)

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  15. mmm, these look great! i've never made my own falafel. and good for you for skipping the cheese - i don't think i've EVER skipped cheese though..

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  16. Those look delicious! As I was reading the recipe, I thought to myself: she should try grating some onion or adding lemon to soften them up and low and behold, you had the same idea :)

    J appreciates that you left off the feta--he hates goat cheese and most feta is made with goat cheese!

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  17. Those look delish! I love falafel & tzatziki...I think I could eat tzatziki by the bowlful. My trick is to grate the cucumbers using a cheese grater :)

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  18. You have spoken to my heart. You have no idea how much I love falafel. Mmmm I will be trying this recipe.

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  19. mmmm yummy! My hubby calls it "feel-awful" though, so the beginning of your post made me laugh.. he's not the only one! I bake falafel, never fry it (well there was that one time.. but then the bushes caught on fire from throwing on-fire hot oil out the front door) and you're right, it's a bit dry, but that's just reason for more sauce!

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  20. mmmmmmmmmm! I've been looking for a good BAKED version! I just book marked. Rocking. I do make my own bean burgers at home sometimes. Black bean burgers with corn and lots of kick are my fav!

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  21. this looks amazing especially in wrap form!!!
    the only falafel I have made was out of a box and it was absolutely horrible..serves me right for trying to be lazy!

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  22. Ive never made veggie patties before but they siund delicious!!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth
    http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

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  23. Yummus = Clever. I have these ingredients at home now, so perhaps this will make a good lunch Saturday. Thanks for posting!

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  24. I love falafel! I've never had it baked before though. I've also never made it at home :)

    This post has inspired me to make some keema kabob though, mostly because I have the ingredients for that :)

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  25. mmm - great idea to do it wrap-style! I haven't made falafal in forever and I have no idea why not!!! PS: So jealous of your herb garden!

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  26. Last night I went to a Mediterranean restaurant, and was drooling over my friend's falafel. I don't order it out because it usually contains wheat. Solution? Make P&C's healthy version!

    I love tzatziki sauce. So delicious!

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  27. I still haven't tried falafel... I need to eventually! There's a place here that everyone raves about. Or maybe I should just make your recipe. Either way, I need to try it eventually! :)

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  28. The falafel, and the whole presentation, look amazing! Well done! :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  29. Mm, I LOVE falafel (but work next door to an amazing mediterranean place and so rarely make my own). In general I make my own veggies burgers, though, and either a sweet potato or black bean base is pretty standard.

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  30. Maybe you should call it fal-awesome?

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  31. The falafel looks so yummy! Matt Loves falafel so I think I'll try this. Oh! I responded to you on the same blog post on my page that you wrote on, didn't know where else to write it!

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  32. Yum, saving this, I want to try that sauce! I think I'm going to make yogurt out of tofu and see how that works out. :) Thanks girll.

    Whitney

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  33. yummm...adding this to the rotation right now. and yes please to some slider action!

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  34. I found your blog through WIAW on Carrie's blog! I can't believe it's taken me this long to find it, but I absolutely love it :) Yay for a new follower! :)

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  35. Yay falafel! Seriously, that recipe looks amazing. I had no idea you could make them without frying!

    Funny note, for the first two years we were dating, Brian called falafel "scrawny hummus burgers" and refused to try them. When he finally did, they turned into one of his favorite foods. Go figure. =)

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  36. Yum, I love falafel. I have been wanting to try Aarti's (of aarti party) pea-lafel patties for some time now.

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  37. These look SO good! I love you for always inspiring me to cook and try new things!! I will definitely be trying that sauce, too. YUM!!

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  38. I LOVE tzatziki, yours sounds great. I bookmarked Andrea's recipe and have been wanting to try! when I get back from vacation this is going to the top of my list.

    what's new, chica? hope all is great with you!!

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  39. This looks incredible. Crunchy and filling and so yummy. I am definitely going to try this out. I have never done it before!

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  40. I love...love...love baked falafel! I haven't made it in a while, so thanks for the reminder! Your Tzatziki Sauce sounds great!

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  41. Falafel is a huge hit in my house and I've been dying to try it baked! Your recipe looks great, I can't wait to give it a try!

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  42. I tried the falafel at Whole Foods and did not like it. I may give this a try, though.

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  43. I've never actually tried falafel. You have me intrigued!! :)

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon! :)

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  44. I don't think I've tried falafel but you make it sound good. Your sauce also sounds great!

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  45. I had the biggest craving for falafel yesterday! Is that weird? haha. Those look so good!

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  46. Ooh, this recipe looks so good! I love falafel but whenever I try to make it, it doesn't turn out right. My husband calls it "foul-awful." :P

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  47. have you tried adding a bit of radish to tatziki? It's also bang in season now, and adds a bit of kick! (: it's one of my favourite dips too!

    http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/04/collard-leaf-wrapped-herb-rice-with.html

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  48. I think I may have died and gone to food heaven. Seriously everything on your blog looks heavenly!<3

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  49. I did use substitutions! I had no artichokes, celery stuff, sage, red pepper, or parsley. Instead I used basil, roasted red pepper (did not saute), real celery (which I sauteed with the onions), and just left out the sage comepletely. They dont hold together well but the flavors really come together! I was so pleased!!

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  50. I'm so glad this post is back! I saw it last week, decided I had to make it, and then blogger ate the post or something. But hooray! I think we actually have everything for it in the house, even. Can't wait to try it!

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  51. Woot! So excited you're going to make it! =) Let me know how they turn out! <3

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  52. Okay, not kidding. I just ran into the kitchen and made the tzatziki (5 minutes), and then whipped up the falafel balls (another 5 minutes) so that they're ready to pop into the oven at dinner time. You gave me a great reason to use my homegrown dill and parsley, which would otherwise get neglected. :-)

    Now I just need to run out and grab some pitas and tomato before dinner... mmmmm. Can't wait!

    :-)

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  53. I just tried these. Really delicious! I had no idea tzatziki was so easy to make.

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  54. Okay, not kidding. I just ran into the kitchen and made the tzatziki (5 minutes), and then whipped up the falafel balls (another 5 minutes) so that they're ready to pop into the oven at dinner time. You gave me a great reason to use my homegrown dill and parsley, which would otherwise get neglected. :-)

    Now I just need to run out and grab some pitas and tomato before dinner... mmmmm. Can't wait!

    :-)

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  55. I'm so glad this post is back! I saw it last week, decided I had to make it, and then blogger ate the post or something. But hooray! I think we actually have everything for it in the house, even. Can't wait to try it!

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  56. I still haven't tried falafel... I need to eventually! There's a place here that everyone raves about. Or maybe I should just make your recipe. Either way, I need to try it eventually! :)

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  57. Last night I went to a Mediterranean restaurant, and was drooling over my friend's falafel. I don't order it out because it usually contains wheat. Solution? Make P&C's healthy version!

    I love tzatziki sauce. So delicious!

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  58. Yummus = Clever. I have these ingredients at home now, so perhaps this will make a good lunch Saturday. Thanks for posting!

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  59. mmmm yummy! My hubby calls it "feel-awful" though, so the beginning of your post made me laugh.. he's not the only one! I bake falafel, never fry it (well there was that one time.. but then the bushes caught on fire from throwing on-fire hot oil out the front door) and you're right, it's a bit dry, but that's just reason for more sauce!

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  60. Those look delicious! As I was reading the recipe, I thought to myself: she should try grating some onion or adding lemon to soften them up and low and behold, you had the same idea :)

    J appreciates that you left off the feta--he hates goat cheese and most feta is made with goat cheese!

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  61. i've never baked my own falafel but i'd love to! i love fresh herbs and need to use them more!

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  62. YUM! that looks sooo tasty. and i love that its not super deep fried like falafels usually are.. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  63. I've done black bean burgers before that were pretty awesome.

    And this is something I could totally get on board with- baking is def way easier than frying... :)

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  64. that sounds mouth watering, actually!

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  65. Thanks for posting my dinner for tomorrow night. :)

    I've made a baked sweet potato falafel before (soooo good!), but never a "regular" version. Obviously, a big gap in my culinary experience. Can't wait to try this out. They look scrumptious!

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  66. No way, I didn't realize that falafel was made from chick peas. Those are one of Ryan's fave things, so I can totally make these for him! And they look carb (grain) free! Awesome.
    But really, you gotta stop taunting me with recipes to cook. I don't have time for this business! :)

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  67. Aaaaa! I was looking for baked Falafel recipe. Its looks delicious and yummilicous :-D

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