May 3, 2011

Tasty Tuesday - Baked Falafel

Baked Falafel
I have tried several falafel recipes in the past, but this one is by far my favorite!  My husband and boys love these too and there are never any leftovers because they all get gobbled up!  The flavors just go really well together and create a super yummy falafel!  It is perfect by itself, or dipped in hummus, but we like to eat it in a pita filled with tomatoes, cucumber, spinach, and tzatziki sauce!  YUM!
Serves 4
Makes 12 patties

*  1/2C chopped onion
*  6cloves garlic, minced
*  2-15oz. cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
*  8tsp. dried parsley (OR 1/2C chopped fresh parsley)
*  1/2tsp. baking soda
*  2Tbl. all-purpose flour
*  2tsp. cumin
*  1/2tsp. coriander
*  1/2tsp. salt (or more to taste)
*  2 flax eggs (2tbl. ground flax mixed with 6Tbl. water) (OR 2 eggs, beaten)
*  4tsp. olive oil

*  If your eyes tend to tear up when you cut onions, you might want to think about investing in a pair of onion goggles.  Yes, I said onion goggles!!  My  mom got these for me and I thought they were ridiculous, but they work!  I  may look like a complete idiot when I wear them, but it's totally worth it to me! :)

1.  Make the flax eggs and set aside.
2.  In a pan over med-high heat, saute the onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5-7 min.
3.  In a food processor, put the garbanzo beans, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt, and baking soda.  Process until coarsely pureed.
4.  Add the sauteed onions and garlic, flax eggs, and flour.  Pulse until combined.
5.  Shape the mixture into 12 patties and put them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
6.  While the mixture is in the fridge, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
7.  Put the patties on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat.
8.  Bake for 20 minutes, turning them 1/2 way through.
9. Eat them with hummus, tzatziki sauce, or in a pita filled with lots of goodies!
10.  ENJOY!!  :)


CautiouslyAudacious said...

I'm gonna try these, one of the reasons I don't make falafels at home is because most of the recipes I've seen are for fried versions. Looks good!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Makes me wonder if my swimming goggles will work, I bet anything thats what they are.

Kovas said...

Onion goggles, how funny!

Christi said...

I had no idea they made onion goggles! And I am with BDD, do you think swim goggles will work?

Runnergirl said...

Love the goggles!

Heather said...

Love the picture.
Serious/stupid question.
I really want to make these, but fear the riot that will occur in my house due to the lack of meat. Does meat ever find it's way into a falafal??

Emz said...

OMGosh - the goggles photo ---- freaking awesome.

and I love me some falafal. yum.

Teamarcia said...

Official onion goggles??
That looks delish...definitely something to try when the Caveman is away...which is often...and soon!

Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

mmm so yummy and the goggles absolutely crack me up but very creative!

Copychic said...

Sounds amazing, thank you for posting! :) Love the goggles!

*Sarah* said...

I need some onion goggles. My husband can be cutting onions one room away and my eyes still get teared up.

Ironman By Thirty said...

They actually make goggles specific for onions?? That is crazy. Do you ever get your swim goggles confused with your onion goggles??? haha

Michael said...

Looks awesome!! And I LOVE the onion goggles. Awesome!

Jason said...

I did not read all the comments but I'm sure somebody said this: From onion cutting to the open water in no time.

Great look.

Pedal Pushing Patons said...

I love falafel but have never tried a baked version. It looks easy - I'll be sure to try it next time. It's got to be healthier than my fried version! I've been reading for awhile but have never posted. Love your blog!!

Regina said...

I swear, I would marry you if we both weren't already betrothed with kids! ;)
I. LOVE. Falafel! I am all over this recipe. I'm with BDD, swim goggles might work too. For me? I throw the onion chunks in my hand held cuisinart; done and no tears! Yeah, I'm lazy.

DRog said...

Onion Goggles!!!
Can u use those for swimming?

Anne-Marie said...

Sounds yummy! Do you make your own tzatziki sauce?

Love the onion goggles too by the way! I think I might try my swim goggles the next time I'm chopping onions and see if it works ;)

Julie said...

I love onions and cook with them all of the time. Who knew that there was such a thing as onion goggles:) Cute picture..I love it! Take care Aimee!