Crispy Baked Falafel

Credits: Love and Lemons

This recipe puts the spotlight on chickpeas and is one that might not normally grab your attention.  Stop and look again! This recipe pulls together a nice, bold blend of flavors. It wakes up your taste buds, and then delights them with flavor.  A popular food from the Middle East, this is a lighter version because it is baked. Vegetarians and meat eaters alike will enjoy this attractive and savory dish.

Chickpeas are more than just a topping to enhance a salad.  They are one of the main ingredients in this colorful lunch or dinner choice.  Add the nutty flavor of chickpeas with this handful of spices, and you have a meal packed full of zing.  The coriander, cilantro and parsley introduce a citrusy freshness, while the cumin and cayenne add some heat.  Because this recipe is baked and not fried, it uses much less oil than other versions.

Arrange the patties on pita bread with hummus, diced vegetables and tahini sauce, and you have a colorful meal that appeals to the eyes as much as the palette!

Preparation for this meal takes fifteen minutes, with an additional twenty-five minutes in the oven. The directions call for blending the spices, fresh chickpeas and other ingredients in a food processor.  Form patties, place on a baking sheet and drizzle oil over the patties. The work is done. Next is just waiting for the timer to go off. Remove from oven, place on pitas with hummus and veggies. Don’t forget the special sauce! 

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