Falafel-In-Love

These little guys (falafel, I mean) are popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. I've transformed these traditionally fried "patties" into a healthier baked version.

Get Yourself Some:
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 large onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
4 tbsp roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tsp cumin seeds, crushed
1 tsp Coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 tsp baking powder
Salt and pepper

And Then:
Preheat to 350

Place all ingredients in a food processor process until the mixture forms a firm paste.

A) divide the mixture into walnut-size pieces, roll into balls in your hands and then flatten them slightly. Roll in a little olive oil and bake for 30 minutes

-OR- If you're going to make a wrap/gyro

B) I like to spread the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with foil. It makes for a slimmer sandwich, that's easier to eat.






I like my falafel all wrapped up with hummus as my spread, lettuce and a great cucumber salad:
just chop some cucumber, tomato and onion. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix in some olive oil and vinegar to taste. Let it chill in the fridge while you prepare everything else.

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