I am giddy over today.
It might be Monday but it’s one more day closer to March and therefore one more day closer to spring. And that’s just one day closer to summer and once day closer to a beach and one day closer to sun and mojitos and swimsuits and, perhaps most importantly, NEON.
Yes. Neon everything. Well, neon everything except for my food.
I’m holding back everything in my soul to keep from buying an obviously hot pink or yellow handbag.
(talk me into, I mean out of, it.)
So. Besides eating my weight in banana bread, this weekend was stupidly uneventful. It was super nice to be able to step outside without my nose freezing off though. I will say that. I pretty much did nothing besides make some killer burgers and a double batch of this falafel last night to have for snacking purposes. To feed my brain. Oh and speaking of brains I also spent a large chunk of time prepping myself to watch the Walking Dead, since it’s real life and all. I’m convinced that show is on TV just to destroy the human heart.
Anyhoo —> falafel.
Let’s talk about it!
I straight up adore what you see here. Beans, feta, herbs, the works. Some of my favorite things and maybe next time I should make some bacon falafel? Because then my life may be complete.
The damage I did on this tray was unreal. It’s one of my easiest recipes to make – especially at the beginning of the week – and the versatility for meals is endless. I’ll make a batch and throughout the next few days end up eating it on salads, in warm pitas, as a snack with some feta dip or even as a side to eggs with breakfast.
I’ll even eat it cold and for me, that is huge. I eat nothing cold. I don’t even like my yogurt to be cold. I don’t even eat pizza cold. If there was a way for ice cream to not be cold… well, you get the drift. No can do.
Also, I’d like to cannonball into this dip. Have a nice little cheesy swim.
In a shocking twist, I will tell you that I’m not totally in love with fried falafel. Surprise. It’s a very unusual preference of mine but… it is what it is. Baked is where it’s at, but if you’d like, you can definitely throw these in a hot skillet with some olive oil and go to town. Do you!
And I’ll do me… which involves ridiculous amounts of feta dip and a spoon.
Baked Falafel with Spicy Feta Dip
Yield: serves 2 to 4
Total Time: 30 minutes
2 (14 oz)cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
4 garlic cloves, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
1 large egg
1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
spicy feta dip
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
8 ounces feta, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
fresh parsley + crushed red pepper for garnish
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, garlic, onions, egg, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro, oil, salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Pulse a few times until crumbly but not pureed. Add in half of the flour and baking powder and pulse a few more times until combine. Repeat with remaining flour and baking powder.
Once the mixture is combined, scoop out about 2 tablespoons worth and form it into a small patty or ball. Place the falafel on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until slightly crisp on top and cooked through.
spicy feta dip
In the same food processor (I just wipe/wash mine out while the falafel are baking), add the yogurt, feta, olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne. Pulse and blend until combined, scraping down the sides if needed. I don't blend the feta completely because I like a bit of texture, but you can do so if you'd like. Scoop the feta into a bowl and give it an extra drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with the parsley and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.
As a note, if you prefer your falafel fried, you can easily pan fry these in a bit of olive oil.
[slightly adapted from food network]
because I like a little falafel with my dip.