The best part about falafel, is that there are some amazing ready-to-roll mixes available in supermarkets to make your life a little easier. I love Lisa’s Mediterranean or Middle Eastern Mixes.
But if you feel like getting your hands dirty in the kitchen, here is a versatile recipe from the talented The Spruce Eats Blog that can be used to complete all 3 of the below dinner party dishes.
- 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 onion, peeled
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro (or parsley)
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Optional: Pinch of red pepper flakes, or any spices that you feel like getting creative with.
Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until it is all blended - it doesn’t have to be completely smooth. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes. Form the falafel into your desired shape and gently roll in an oil of your choice (I love using 100% organic olive oil - we've got no time for palm oil babes). Place on an oven tray (or pan if your frying them) and cook in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden.
Serve as desired with your preferred condiment and enjoy!
Dish #1 - Falafel Bites
We all know that when it comes to dinner parties, everyone loves the delicious finger food that waits our arrival and often fills our bellies before the main course has even started (it gets me every single time). Falafel bites are perfect for teasing your quests taste buds, especially when paired with a variety of condiments - we’re talking hummus, satay, aioli… you can never have enough!
Dish #2 - Falafel & Veggie Skewers
The best way to add some colour to the table, is to pair your falafel with your favourite veggies and make some tasty skewers. This simple yet delicious dish is always a crowd pleaser. You can serve them as an entree or as a side to compliment your main dish. And don’t forget to have your condiments ready to go (I’m serious about my sauces!).
Dish #3 - Falafel Burgers
You didn’t really think I was going to leave this one out, did you? You can never go wrong with a classic falafel burger at a dinner party. Getting creative with different spices will change up the taste so that there is always a surprise. Falafel burgers are a classic dinner party dish that never fails to impress!
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