If you're looking for an alternative to traditional appetizers, try your hand at making Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce! This mid-eastern street food is becoming increasingly popular and is easy to make.
All you need is a few simple ingredients and about 10 minutes to prepare the recipe. The falafel has a crisp, golden crust on the outside and a soft center, while the lemony tahini sauce adds an extra zesty kick. Serve it as a delicious, unique appetizer that's sure to please any crowd.
How good is Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce?
Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce is the ultimate goodness. It’s the epitome of the perfect appetizer - with the combination of the crispy falafel balls and the creamy tahini sauce, it’s sure to tantalize your taste buds! Crispy Baked Falafel is a vegan favorite that packs a delicious punch - ideal for those summer BBQs or as an accompaniment to any meal. Whether you serve this dish hot or cold, the flavor’s just as tantalizing. And the best part? Making it is pretty simple too! All you need are some simple ingredients common in most households (parsley, garlic, chickpeas, etc) and a little bit of love. If you're looking for something to satisfy even the pickiest eaters, then Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce is the way to go!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Ingredients needed to make Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce
- 3 T. olive oil, divided
- 1-½ c. dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in water and drained
- 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 c. parsley, roughly chopped
- 1 t. ground cumin
- Sauce Ingredients:
- 6 T. tahini
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- ¼ c. water (or more depending on desired consistency)
For Serving: Leafy greens
Raw/cooked vegetables of choice
Instructions for making Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet (like this one - Baking SheetPan with one tablespoon of olive oil.
- In a food processor, add chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, and the remaining olive oil. Pulse a couple times to break down the chickpeas, then process until a smooth and thick mixture forms, approximately 1-2 minutes.
- Scoop 2 tablespoons of the mixture and form into a patty using your hands. Repeat until you’ve used all of the mixtures. This should yield approximately 18 falafel patties.
- Arrange falafels on the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven to roast until golden brown and crisp, approximately 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through the baking time.
- In the meantime, make the tahini sauce. Whisk tahini and lemon juice in a small bowl. Lightly season with salt. The mixture will become very thick. Thin tahini sauce to desired consistency by adding water, 2 tablespoons at a time. The amount needed will vary based on liquid content of your tahini and lemon.
- Serve the crispy falafel patties on a bed of leafy greens and fresh vegetables on the side. Drizzle with lemony tahini sauce. Enjoy!
Giving the visitor ideas on how they can change this recipe to better suit their dinner guests, or their cultural cuisine, is a great way to increase the chances they make the recipe
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish, or banana peppers
- Deluxe - add guacamole, crispy onions or
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips (ketchup chips!)
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Store the wet ingredients (lettuce, tomato, onion) separately from the dry ingredients (buns) in the fridge, and recombine when ready. Good for 2-3 days.
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