Full of Chick Balls

Trying to tackle more budget friendly meals, I wanted to work on our bean supply. I think that beans are notoriously cheap and filling hence chili and red beans and rice are prime cheap-o but hearty meals. But I was looking for something a little different.

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First attempt at Falafel Balls!

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I knew I didn’t want to deep-fry the balls like they are traditionally done so I found this recipe for baked falafel patties and just turned them into balls instead.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon  flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 Tbls bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Directions
  1. Place garbanzo beans, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, and baking soda in a food processor. Process until the mixture is coarsely pureed. Mix garbanzo bean mixture and onion together in a bowl. Stir in the flour and egg. Shape mixture into four large patties and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Heat olive oil in a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Place the patties in the skillet; cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Transfer skillet to the preheated oven and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.

These were surprisingly easy to make!

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In the food processor goes the beans and spices, etc.

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Then mix in the onion.

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And then the flour and egg.

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Form the balls and roll them in a little bit of breadcrumbs.

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Pan fry until brown.

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Then bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until heated through.

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I served them on top of some spinach.

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And made a quick dressing with yogurt, lemon juice, and some spices – namely garlic powder.

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They were surprisingly filling – I think I liked them! I could have done with more spice and I think I would have preferred for them to be drier, less creamy. The middle too closely resembled hummus.

And speaking of hummus…

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I mean, since you already have the food processor out, and it is already dirty with chickpea stuff… Why not make hummus?

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I tried Angela’s latest hummus recipe.

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I thought it was a little heavy on the tahini flavor for my taste, and definitely needed a little more water to get to my preferred consistency but it was pretty good! It’s a little hard to screw up hummus.

So there you go. Hummus and Falafel. Chickpea heaven. And cheap. Love it.

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6 Responses

  1. I love chickpeas! Can’t wait to try these.

  2. Falafel is SO filling – great bang for the buck. I haven’t yet made these at home, but it sounds like it’s time to give ‘em a whirl. Thanks for sharing your do’s and don’ts!

  3. <3 falafel! So glad you posted this :) I will be making this veg-friendly one.

    Got your Xmas card!!! Love you chica! Hope to see you West-coasters soon!

  4. I LOVE this! I will definitely be making the falafel balls and hummus. YUM!!!
    Thank you for sharing!
    :)
    Wendy

  5. Fantastic recipe! I love the photos!

  6. In our family we just love falafel!!! Thank you for sharing. If you like, you can stop by my blog and check my falafel recipe: http://indulginglife.blogspot.com/2010/09/best-veggie-patties-ever-falafel.html#links

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