Mike and I are Seattle bound tomorrow morning. We plan to do the tourist thing for 4 days and are especially looking forward to some great cuisine and of course Trader Joes. If any of you have any recommendations please do share! I am currently having a pep talk with Kobi the cat to ensure she is on her best behavior for her babysitter. I am getting a lot of back talk though so I'm not entirely convinced.
I'm leaving you with a classic falafel recipe that I think you will all have fun with. And I think the word fun can be applied to more than one part of the falafel experience. Fun as in you can dress it up any way you like. You can use them in a salad or roll them up in a pita. But it doesn't seem to matter how you do it, falafels are messy! This is not polite food people! You are going to get your hands dirty whether you like it or not. It is inevitable that your pita will split and your beautiful master piece will slowly slide out the back door and onto your plate and all over your fingers! My only advice to you is to embrace it. This is not in any way a sign that you have failed to pull off a perfect falafel. And it is in no way different then having your burger slide out of your bun! It simply can not be helped.
I like falafels with tzatziki but this time around we tried out a miso dressing that was equally as satisfying.
- 1/4 cup bulgur
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1/2 large red onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne
- a pinch of red chili flakes
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 19oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
- 1 egg
- Spread bulgur, coriander and cumin seeds on a baking sheet and roast for 5 mins (or until golden brown) in a 350° oven. Cool and grind thoroughly in a clean coffee grinder. You could also use a mortar and pestle.
- Heat grapeseed oil in a skillet. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and remaining spices and sauté for a few more minutes.
- Combine all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth and sticky.
- Shape into 1.5" patties and cook in a greased skillet over medium-high heat about 3 minutes each side or until golden brown. Transfer cooked patties to an oven set at 200° to keep warm until you are ready to serve.