The Falafel {Cart Guy}

Anytime I hear of or think of falafel, I think of Ross from Friends.
You know what I’m talking about, right?
The one where Rachel’s sister (Christina Applegate) keeps thinking Ross is the Falafel Cart Guy.   πŸ™‚
I never have had falafel and didn’t know what it was really, but Skyler has talked about it a few times and the other night I was feeling experimental, so falafel it was!
I came across the recipe here.
But, you know.  Changed it a little.  (Cause I can’t ever follow directions.)
I didn’t have all of the ingredients as she did, which was the reason for the recipe change.  I never “plan ahead” and go buy the ingredients;  I always search an hour before dinner and find something I can make with (mostly) what I have.
  • 1 can organic garbanzo beans
  •  1 med white onion
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1/2 (or more) cup of cilantro
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • dash of garlic salt
  1. Throw everything into a food processor and pulse until blended.
  2.  Test the consistency – should be a thick “dough” that you can mold with your hands without being too sticky.  Add more flour as you need.
  3. I did NOT read that this needed to be refrigerated for a few hours (recipe hunting an hour before dinner, remember?!), so I threw the bowl in the freezer for a 1/2 hour while I prepared the rest of dinner…. Seemed to do just fine. πŸ™‚
  4. Heat up a little bit of olive oil in a frying pan (just enough to barely cover the bottom).
  5. Form little patties and throw into the frying pan! 
  6. These cooked really quickly and easily.  I tried to do the whole “heat oil to 350 degrees” as was in the original instructions, but by doing so, I only darkened the first batch too quickly.  For the second batch, I turned the heat down and was able to cook them longer at a lower heat to leave them golden brown but could leave them in the pan long time to actually cook them.  πŸ™‚

The second batch, cooking more golden brown. πŸ™‚

EAT! πŸ™‚
These are so so good.  And you feel totally satisfied without feeling heavy and overly full.

 This was the dinner we ate them with:

Falafel, coleslaw salad and quinoa salad (from the same website as the falafel).

I will still think of Ross every time I hear “falafel”, but at least I have something (delicious) to link to it as well. πŸ™‚


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