On Friday I made The World's Easiest Falafel & Tzatziki. To be honest, I've only made falafel from the mix you get in the bulk bin at the natural food store. (Though I've eaten plenty of good, authentic falafel over the years.)
Tzatziki is something I've made many times and this was a straight up, easy recipe. But I think the ease this recipe title is referring to lies with the falafel recipe.
Considering my lack of experience, I can't say if it's the world's easiest falafel recipe, but it was indeed simple enough and definitely over the top delicious.
My falafel notes/changes:
- I didn't "air dry" the beans after soaking for very long. They did sit in the strainer for an hour or so, then I just sort of rolled them around on a tea towel. (Would have been helpful if I read through the directions first.)
- I doubled the garlic. I always double the garlic.
- Added more than "2 pinches" of sea salt. It may seem like a lot, but seeing as the beans are uncooked, they have no seasoning and the recipe can handle a good amount to really bring out all the flavors.
- Doubled the cumin.
- I have a standard size food processor and this was a lot to try and process at once. I had to do it in batches and then once everything was nice and fine, I fit it all back in for a final whirl together.
- I used coconut oil instead of canola, and got away with about 1/2 cup.
- The mixture seemed really wet, I did not think the patties would form. Trust. They will, very nicely too!
- Recipe makes a good amount - about 18, three inch patties.
You should make these. They are really good.
We don't always eat dinner on Friday night, it's usually popcorn and hot cocoa (something adult for mama). For over ten years Friday night has meant Movie Night for our family. We feast on popcorn! (Maybe a simple sandwich, salad, or platter of sliced fruit if one of us feels like a little more.)
Once in a while though, I put a little spread on the table. And when a recipe makes 18 little patties, it affords me the added bonus of quick snacks and meals for the weekend too!
(Please do not judge my swill beer in the photo. My dad drinks Rolling Rock, I drink Rolling Rock. You know how it goes...)
Happy Monday everyone!