Spicy Baked Falafel
Things are getting waaay too sweet around here. Red Velvet Cakes, Oreo Popcorn & this weekend I’m going to be making some Sugar Cookie Bars for a special little girl’s birthday party (recipe to come). Yikes! Obviously this isn’t a true representation of how I eat at all! It’s not my fault these special occasions keep presenting themselves! So in an attempt to give you a better reflection of how we REALLY eat around these parts, allow me to so graciously introduce the Spicy Baked Falafel!
Now any well-seasoned vegetarian/vegan is well accustomed to the falafel. For those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s the scoop. Falafels, in a nutshell, are Mediterranean/Middle Eastern patties made out of chickpeas & spices. They’re usually deep fried & served on top of pitas (in the same fashion as a gyro). They’re used as a meat substitute in Arabic cultures & are a common street food. In fact my first falafel experience happened on the streets of New York City! To this day that falafel remains to be the BEST falafel I’ve ever eaten. It was perfectly crisp & topped with a delicious spicy red sauce that I’ve yet to re-create or find it served alongside since (the allure of the city could’ve skewed my falafel tasting experience, it’s up for debate).
Falafels are my go to at Greek restaurants. They’re full of soluble fiber, iron, & protein. The only downside is they’re fried. Not these babies! I can’t even begin to explain my gratitude for finding this recipe. It’s simple, healthy, & still delivers a restaurant quality product! Sure they’re not as crisp as the traditional fried versions. But when you’re smothering it in cool tzatziki sauce, who notices trivial details like that anyway? I made these falafels spicy with the addition of red pepper flakes & jalapeno. Brilliant I tell you. Just to take things over the top (& in homage to my NYC falafel) I drizzled the falafels in siracha. A little Asian fusion never hurt anyone.
Now you can have your falafel & eat it too.
Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate
Ingredients Instructions Notes For homemade tzatziki: combine greek yogurt, garlic, a whole chopped cucumber, & dill. I served mine with lemon wedges.
For homemade tzatziki: combine greek yogurt, garlic, a whole chopped cucumber, & dill. I served mine with lemon wedges.