Secret Family Recipe Falafel and Tzatziki

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If you follow me on Insta then you saw this epic grain bowl I had at Forage a couple weeks back. It honestly was life changing. I know I know, you might think that sounds crazy. But it was seriously loaded with so much flavor and healthy ingredients; I’ve just had grain bowls on the brain ever since I ate it. So this weekend I turned to another grain bowl for my weekly meal prep menu.

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I fell in love with falafel at first bite down at Water Street Deli many years ago when I was a broke college student living downtown. It was cheap and the portions were huge. And I had never had anything like it before. Growing up in the Midwest in a mostly “meat and potatoes” home the flavors my taste buds were experiencing were life changing. And ever since I have had a great fondness for falafel.

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Oh and tzatziki. Don’t even get me started on my love for that sauce–I can’t get enough of the stuff. I have a weakness for sauces and condiments in general, but then add fresh dill and lemon. Game over.

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Secret Family Recipe Falafel

  • Servings: a million, actually like 50 depending on their size
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Ingredients

For the falafel:

  • 3 (15 oz.) cans garbanzo beans, drained (but not rinsed)
  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • olive oil for frying

For the tzatziki:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed dill
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Directions

Start by adding the onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to a food processor. Process for about a minute or so, scraping the sides as needed, until everything is finely minced. Add one can of garbanzo beans and process for another minute or two until the beans are finely minced, but not quite hummus consistency. Transfer herb and garbanzo mixture to a large bowl.

Add remaining two cans of garbanzo beans to the food processor and pulse until the beans are chopped, but still in pretty large pieces. This will give your falafel some texture. If you don’t want texture, process them a bit more. Add them to the large bowl and sprinkle the flour over the mixture. Stir until flour is well combined. Then add egg and stir until egg is well combined. Refrigerate for about one hour.

While the falafel are chilling, get the tzatziki made. Add ingredients to a food processor and process until everything is finely minced and a sauce forms. Add water to thin if your sauce seems too thick. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil or enough to coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer. Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop falafel into equal size balls and then using slightly oiled hands, gently form them into discs. Cook them in batches of about 7-8 at a time depending on the size of your pan. Be sure to leave about an inch between each falafel so as not to crowd the pan.

Cook each side for about 3-4 minutes or until a dark golden brown crust forms. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet and continue cooking remaining falafel. Serve with tabbouleh, hummus, sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, green olive and of course loads of tzatziki. Or wrap them up in some fresh pita bread!

 

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