- Course: Main Course
- Skill Level: Easy
- Cost: Inexpensive
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Can be made ahead of time.
This takeout favorite is traditionally made with dried chickpeas that have been soaked and ground. To speed things up, I used canned beans and whir everything together in a food processor. Baking the falafel does away with the mess (and fat) of frying. If you don't have a food processor, mash the chickpeas with a potato masher, and finely chop the garlic and parsley before combining everything.
Preheat oven to 450°F, and set racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Grease or line 2 baking sheets.
1. Combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, spices, flour, baking powder, half of the lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste in a food processor. Pulse until well combined but mixture is still relatively coarse. You do not want a puree.
2. Using your hands or a small cookie scoop, shape the mixture into about 24 balls (roughly 1½ inches in diameter) and arrange on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten each slightly, and brush the tops with 1 tablespoon of the remaining olive oil.
3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then turn patties (rotating the trays when you take them out) and baked for another 10-12 minutes. You may find it easiest to turn them using two forks.
4. Toss the salad vegetables with the remaining lemon juice and olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with hummus or other condiments, as sandwiches or as a platter.
Make Baby Food: If your baby likes well-seasoned food, there’s nothing in the falafel he can’t eat. If you’re concerned about the crunch outside, pull a few out of the oven before they get too well done. Hummus and pita are both fine for young’ns.
“I took the lazy way out and whizzed the onion, garlic, and parsley together in the food processor before adding the chickpeas, and it worked out fine. The lemony salad on top of the creamy hummus with the crispy falafel was a very satisfying combo. My husband really enjoyed it, despite, normally being suspicious of things that aren’t Italian or Mexican or a steak.” —Alana D., mom of one, Providence, RI
“I tried freezing half the mixture in little flattened balls. It worked well (with slightly longer cooking times, of course), and being able to make a big batch to freeze is a HUGE bonus to me. I did not have high hopes for baked falafel, but they were great, and far better than the home-fried ones I’ve tried. This is going to be my new lunch standard!” —Darcy G., mom of two, Pleasant Prairie, WI
Nutritional information is based on 3 servings and 1/4 teaspoon added. Nutritional information does not include salad vegetables, whole-wheat pitas, and miscellaneous condiments.