Falafel

Before a few weeks ago, I had never made falafel and now I don’t understand why I hadn’t. It’s really not very hard at all. I have an amazingly helpful husband. He always helps me put everything together, although he rarely starts an adventuresome and new dish himself.

Here’s the Falafel Recipe. It works great! The first time I made this, I followed the recipe exactly.

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After food processing.

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Frying completed! With Tzatziki and Grape Tomatoes

I decided that frying all the falafel balls took FOREVER. Seriously, we’re talking an hour to get it all done… And you really have to stand over it the whole time. So, I looked up how to bake falafel. I did not use this recipe, I used the other one still, but the actual baking went great! Next time, I would make sure I put in more oil because my falafel balls stuck to the bottom a little. I definitely needed kitchen tongs to turn them. I’m not sure if another tool would have worked as well.

So the second time, I also substituted cilantro for the parsley. M and I loved it that way, but I’m not sure it really makes a huge difference. He also said he would be interested in putting in more cayenne next time.

Ingredients

Ingredients

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Soaking the Chickpeas

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Chickpeas after Soacking

Everything except chickpeas ready to mix

Everything except chickpeas ready to mix

Mixing Finished

Mixing Finished

Ready to Bake

Ready to Bake

Baking Finished

Baking Finished

Yummm!

Yummm!

It’s very good in pita, but I don’t feel it’s necessary for my enjoyment. I love putting on plenty of tzatziki, though!

Baking was great. It was relatively fast and you didn’t have to pay constant attention to it! Plus, I love the fact that it wasn’t fried and was, therefore, a little healthier. Definitely a delicious meal that fills you up.

M said it was so easy! (If he says it’s easy, that means it is).

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