Sometimes I get in a cooking rut where I seem to make the same things every week for dinner.  Salmon, asparagus and brown rice, chicken fajitas, some type of soup.  Those seem to be the staples and I get sick of them and want something new after awhile.  This week so far, I have made a new recipe each night and much to my (and my husband’s) delight, they have been keepers!

Sunday night I made Falafel with tzatziki sauce.  I make tzatziki sauce somewhat often as a dip or a sauce for salmon, but I had never made homemade falafel.  Just in case these items are new to you, let me tell you a bit about them.

 Falafel and tzatziki sauce are mediterranean in origin.  Falafel is a mixture of ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans), onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and parsley that is formed into patties and pan-seared or fried.  Tzatziki sauce is made from Greek yogurt combined with cucumber, dill and garlic.  I love the combination of flavors that you get when you eat the two together.

I served my falafel over a bed of baby spinach and kale, topped with tzatziki and slopped up with Indian Naan bread.  For the men at my dinner table, I baked chicken breasts to go along side the falafel and smothered the chicken in tzatziki as well.  If you feel like you are in a mealtime rut and want to try something new, I encourage you to sample one of my favorite mediterranean dishes.

Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: about 10 patties

Ingredients

    For the falafel:
  • 1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • juice of half of one lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • For the tzatziki sauce
  • 1 (6 oz.) container of plain Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice of half of a lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled and seeded
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (or plain white vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

    For the falafel:
  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Heat a griddle ove medium-high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Spoon falafel mixture onto pan in form of patties.
  4. Cook ~2-3 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.
  5. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  6. For the tzatziki sauce:
  7. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  8. Serve over falafel patties.
  9. Recipe adapted from Laura's Sweet Spot

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3 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    I absolutely love falafel and I have had it on my list to make for so long. Now I am craving it!!

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  2. luv what you do
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    I am yet to make a successful falafel! The last time, the oil ate my balls and they just disintegrated into nothing. I am going to have to try again because I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Nov 07, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

    I’ve never made falafel but now I need to!

    Reply

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