February 1, 2010

I'll Take Falafel with a Side of Hot Dog...

I'm going to do this post a la Pulp Fiction - backwards.

We're cleaning up dinner tonight, and this is the conversation that followed. To all of you die hard vegans/vegetarians out there, please don't be offended, the hubs is NOT an insensitive, naive person... he just has to find some way to bust my chops and make me laugh every day:

Me to Hubs: "You can take some falafel for lunch tomorrow."
Hubs: "with a side of hot dog."
Me: "a side of hot dog? why do you need that with falafel for lunch?"
Hubs: "because there's no meat."
Me: "but you don't need meat, it's vegetarian and has beans, that's your protein."
Hubs: "yeah but it's still not meat - and if I don't eat the meat who will save the animals? What about all the animals?"
Me: "WHAT?! What are you talking about?"
Hubs: "I'm not a vegetarian so I can keep the animals from suffering even longer at slaughterhouse or farm."
Me: "Well yes that's bothersome but we eat vegetarian for the health benefits more."
Hubs: "nope, the more meat the better."

So, as you can see, we had falafel for dinner tonight.

It was so good, and we were so hungry - yeah I didn't take any pictures - sorry bout that! But it looked beautiful!

The recipe came from Branny Boils Over on her blog and I made it AS IS (minus the fact that I bought my pita!) The only thing I changed, was I doubled the recipe so I could have extra for lunch. I used my mid sized scoop to roll it out and I got 24 (with the doubled recipe - so 12 with 1 recipe) and we put 3 in each pita with a T or 2 of the sauce.

Do make this - I know we'll be making it again and again - it was seriously the best falafel I've ever had - and I'm WAY picky with falafel.

Falafel and Sauce

1 3/4 cup chickpeas
1/2 cup sliced green onions
3 T tahini
1 egg white
2 T parsley
1 t cumin
2 t lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 t crushed red pepper
1/3 c dry bread crumbs

Combine all ingredients except bread crumbs in your food processor. Blend until smooth. Fold in bread crumbs. Form into falafel balls or patties (your preference). Bake at 350* for 15-20 minutes until they begin to brown.

Yogurt spread
3 T yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tomato, chopped in a small dice


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe.