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