#MenuMonday: Falafel

Looking for something new and delicious to try this summer? Falafel is a delicious Greek dish that is easy to make and has flavors perfect for the summer season.

Ingredients

For the Falafels

  • 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped dill
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. warm water
  • Kosher salt

For Serving

  • Pitas
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced cucumbers

Directions

  1. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine chickpeas, garlic, shallot, parsley, cumin, coriander, and flour and season with salt and pepper. Blend until mixture resembles a thick paste.
  2. Form mixture into falafel balls about 2″ in diameter.
  3. In a pot, heat 1” vegetable oil until a drop of water added to the oil sizzles and pops.
  4. Fry falafels until golden, then transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and season immediately with salt.
  5. To make yogurt sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, oil, and dill. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. To make tahini sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and warm water. Season with salt. (If you prefer a thinner sauce, whisk in more warm water 1 tablespoon at a time.)
  7. Serve falafels in pita with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber and drizzle with either sauce.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Original Recipe: Delish.com

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