Ok, so I cannot take credit for these, my brother Ty actually made them last night for dinner. Ty and I are very similar in probably only one aspect of our lives, and that would be food. We love food. We love cooking it, reading about it, talking about it, watching people cook, we're kinda obsessed (he would never admit that though). When I found out recently he's been reading The Joy of Cooking and Mastering the Art of French Cooking and actually made a Julia Child Butter Roasted Chicken I was amazed, and perhaps a little shocked.
Lately, Ty's been into cooking labour intensive type menus. This one took him on and off all day from start to finish. Not something I have time for everyday, but they were really amazing. Some may say, the best falafels ever? These are definitely more fragrant and moist than what you would get at most restaurants.
Falafels & White Bean Sauce taken from here
- 2 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas
- 3 scallions, coarsely chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Generous 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
- Generous 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
- 1 egg
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup flour, plus 1/4 cup flour for shaping patties
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Lettuce, for garnish
- Chopped salted tomatoes, for garnish
- Sliced cucumbers, for garnish
- In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, scallions, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne, parsley, cilantro, egg, and lemon juice. Pulse to combine and season with salt. The mixture will not be smooth, but it should not have large chunks.
- Add in the baking powder and 1/3 cup of the flour and pulse to just combine. Remove to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Remove the chickpea mixture from the refrigerator. Add enough oil to a large saute pan so it reaches 1/2-inch up the sides and heat it over medium-high heat until an inserted thermometer reads 360 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, drop spoonfuls of the chickpea mixture onto a plate with 1/4 cup flour. Roll into balls on the floured plate and press gently into patties. Fry in batches of hot oil for about 3 to 4 minutes each side and drain on paper towels.
- Serve the falafel on a bed of lettuce with chopped salted tomatoes, cucumber and White Bean Yogurt Sauce.
Creamy White Bean Yogurt Sauce
- 3/4 cup cooked white beans
- 1 small garlic clove, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Puree the white beans, garlic, yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil in a mini food processor until very smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve with falafel or as a salad dressing
You can double or triple the batch and then freeze the ones you don't eat too! Enjoy!