Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Homemade Falafels and Tzatziki


Funny story about how these falafels came to be our dinner last weekend.  The kids piled into our bed Sunday morning and were watching some early morning television.  They love the show Kickin' It on Disney, in this show there is a falafel restaurant.  The kids have seen this show a million times but while watching it for the millionth and one time they said, "What's a Falafel anyway?"  I looked at Hubby and said, "Let's show them - feel like making falafels tonight?" and we did.  What's even more ironic is that on Saturday (just the day before) in my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post I featured a great falafel recipe from A Beautiful Mess.  I mean seriously - these falafels and my family - it was meant to be.


I think we may have made Falafels before by using some kind of mix we bought at the store, this was so different.  This was so good!  We followed the recipe from A Beautiful Mess exactly and the only thing I would change next time would be to purchase a bigger food processor (we only have a mini chop - so ours didn't puree perfectly.)  Also, we never fry anything here - I can't stand the smell that lingers in the house afterward - again - this was so worth it.  I couldn't believe it but Little Man gobbled these up!  He has become so picky about what he eats these days so this was a pleasant surprise.  Here is a picture of the Tzatziki, Sweet Girl made this one on her own...Enjoy!!!


recipe from A Beautiful Mess
Ingredients:
For Falafel
2 (15 ounce)cans of chickpeas 
1 small red onion
5 garlic cloves
1/4 cup of fresh parsley
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/3 cup of flour
black pepper


For Tzatziki (Cucumber Sauce)
2 cups of Greek yogurt
1/2 large cucumber, chopped
1/2 tablespoon of fresh dill

Directions:
For Falafel
Blend the first 5 ingredients in a food processor until smooth (for some tips on blending this checkout A Beautiful Mess.)  Once its blended transfer the mixture to a large bowl add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.  Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and place in fridge for two hours or freezer for one.  

Now you are ready to fry these up.  Get your pan or pot ready by filling with enough oil for the falafels to be able to float.   Get the oil up to about 350 and then drop in the falafel balls, let cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.  When done- place on paper towels to drain.

For Tzatziki:
Combine all the ingredients and let rest a bit so flavors can come together.


Serve your falafels with all the fixins; lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers...and serve on pita.


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13 comments:

  1. Wow! That's great that they were interested and ate them! When I was a kid, I called them "spiny meatballs," but I love them now!

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  2. I looove falafel but have yet to make them myself at home. Yours look SO good, especially with all the fixins. YUM!

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  3. Your meal looks mighty tempting! Great pictures. And I love how the Falafels came to be cooked. The hubby and I are like that with our daughters. One day they wanted to know about spring rolls, the next we were making them. Thanks so much for sharing the recipes.

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  4. Great recipe everything looks so good! :)

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  5. Ooo that looks wonderful! Great job :) I got your link off Mom on Timeouts link party, you have a new follower!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  6. Yum yum yum! Have you tried baked falafels? If the consistency is right they will turn out perfect.

    Stopping by from the Revolt Bloggers FB page.

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  7. My family loves falafel and I haven't made it in so long... I will give your recipe a try.

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  8. I wish I was sitting at the table with all this delicious food! Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Thanks for sharing, this looks wonderful! I made tabbouleh this week and shared it on my blog. Stopping by from Crafty Confessions :)

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  10. Looks great! I don't fry (usually) either, so have been wanting to try making falafel in the oven....maybe not quite as delicious but certainly much healthier, and if they forget about what the fried ones tasted like you might have some success! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

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