This almost should not be a post.
Some recipes are so basic that they [almost] should not be blogged about. Sort of like my granola recipe. Hey, maybe one day I will have the bright idea to post a recipe for the classic grilled cheese sandwich! [In case you were wondering, a proper American grilled cheese consists of 2 slices of Sunbeam white bread slathered in Country Crock margarine, encasing 1 to 2 slices of Kraft American cheese Singles.]
This post is more about my curiosity and interest in trying new foods. I have heard of falafel of course, and I knew that it is generally eaten in a pita or on a salad. Well, you had me at the word “pita”. Falafel are often deep-fried, but I had seen many variations that were baked. Anyone who has any idea of my feelings* towards deep-fried foods can easily surmise that I went for the baked falafel version.
Here is a very basic, uninventive recipe that can be built upon.
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp lemon juice
Heat oven to 400oF. Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. For the mixture into small spheres and place on a baking sheet**. Flatten each one slightly, then bake for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
*I have a love-hate-hate- relationship with deep-fried foods. They can be so tasty…and so nastily greasy…and so unhealthy…
**I actually scooped small amounts of mixture with my spoon against the inside of the food processor bowl. Then I slid the falafel off the spoon and onto the baking sheet. It is hard to explain, but it made it easier to make more uniformly sized falafel.