Recipe Monday: Falafel

I am going to share a recipe that is always a hit- it might be a little out of your comfort zone but it is delish! I originally had this in college, my roommate Mindy would make it in our tiny little apartment and I would always say- "Ugh, you are making Feel-Aweful" again?" Of course I loved it (she is an awesome cook) but I would say that because the aroma would last for days! A few years ago my SIL made this for me and I asked her why her house didn't smell fragrant- she told me to cook it on the grill burner- AMAZING, problem solved! So, this is her recipe (thanks Court) we made it Saturday night for friends and they loved it (or at least I think they did! Dave requests it, which is how I know it is good.) I serve it with Pita, hummus, tzatziki, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, etc... you can put it in a pita like a sandwich, on top of a greek salad or just eat it all on a plate with all of the goodies. I told my girls it was crispy hummus and they actually ate it...and liked it! Here is a run down:

Falafel: (I double or triple this recipe- leftovers are great)
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained
1 cup onion (I put onion in the processor first to chop it up)
2 cloves garlic
2T parsley
2T cilantro
1t salt
1/2t red pepper flakes
1t baking powder
1t cumin
4-6T chickpea flour (Bob's Red Mill) (at Whole Foods or Online)
-blend in food processor
-pan fry in olive oil or canola oil

{My food processing assistant}

{It will feel a little chunky for a while, just stir occasionally}

(The pre-fry look}

{My set up- the glass of wine during fry time is a must! Please excuse the mom-eye-bags- it was house cleaning day= mom is tore up!}

{Nice and crispy- I just use tongs to flip them- but only flip once, they will crumble!}

{Here was my spread- pita, greek salad, fruit salad, cucumbers (hummus, tzatziki and feta not shown}

This is her Tzatziki Recipe- you can get Tziki at Costco or the local Greek Restaurant (which is what I do):
1 small container plain greek yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cucumber, seeded, peeled, grated
salt and pepper
dill (dried or fresh)

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