Meatless Friday: Friday Falafel

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Remember that time Sawyer called Sayid “Captain Falafel”? So wrong. Hopefully, Falafel McCrunchpatties will make things right.

This dinner got the highest of compliments. Eldest Child (aka Princess Pickypants) had seconds, thirds, and fourths, then asked if we could have this again for dinner again before Lent is over. Or just some other Friday. Or just any day of the week. Or any time, really. In fact, could I bring them to a class picnic this Friday?

Is this room getting smaller, or is it just my head getting bigger?

Friday Falafel

 

Baked Falafel McCrunchpatties

Ingredients:

  • 1 15-oz can of chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 t minced dried onion
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • 2 T chopped mint
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 t lime juice
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 c plain bread crumbs, divided
  • 1/4 c olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place chick peas in a 1-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Seal the bag and gently squash eash chickpea until a thick but chunky paste is formed (this is a GREAT “cooking” activity for a toddler).
  3. Add onion, cilantro, mint, garlic, coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, lime juice and baking powder to the bag. Reseal bag and mush the bag contents together.
  4. Add egg and 1/4 c bread crumbs to the bag and combine until the mixture comes together in a single ball that is firm to the touch but still a little tacky, adding more bread crumbs if necessary to reach the proper consistency.
  5. Divide the mixture into 10-12 patties the size of the bowl of a large soup spoon.
  6. Dredge each patty in the bread crumbs, then dip both sides in olive oil before placing on a large baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes.
  8. Flip each patty over, then bake for another 10 minutes.

We used these to fill pocket pitas and served them with homemade tzatziki and a tabouleh-inspired couscous salad.

Copyright 2013 Erin McCole-Cupp

photo credit: roboppy via photopin cc

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Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find her books and other projects at her website.

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