Sunday, August 8, 2010
A Favorite Cookbook
Unfortunately, I totally blanked out as I made the lemon-tahini sauce which is the recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook that I wanted to blog about so I have no pictures today. I will provide you with the recipe along with some excellent baked falafel. This is an experiment that went very well. Usually falafel is fried in oil but I tried instead to bake them and see what happened. They turned out to be slightly crisp using just a tad bit of olive oil on the bottom of the baking dish. A much healthier alternative to the original method.
I just love falafel and lemon-tahini together with veggies as a sandwich in pita bread along with some cucumber tzatziki sauce as I have blogged about previously, or just falafel mashed up over a bowl of brown rice with the lemon-tahini sauce over the top. It's a very filling alternative to a meat based meal.
1 15-19 oz can well drained and rinsed chickpeas
2 finely minced green onions
2 finely minced garlic cloves
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp tahini
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle olive oil evenly in baking dish.
Mash chickpeas with a potato masher, then add onions and garlic and blend together. Add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
With floured hands, shape mix into ping-pong size balls and place in baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes on one side, then turn them over and bake another 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot or at room temperature.
3/4 cups tahini
3/4 cups plain Greek style yogurt
1 medium clove of garlic, minced well
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 finely minced green onion
3 Tbsp finely minced parsley
Salt to taste
dash or two of cayenne pepper
dash or two of paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
Beat all of the ingredients together well, using a whisk or wooden spoon. The more you whip it, the thicker it becomes. Serve at room temperature over falafel, sauteed vegetables or if thinned, this makes an excellent salad dressing.