Baked Falafel

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I looove falafel and I have always wanted to make pita, so I decided to make these for my mom on her birthday!  She’s also a fan of falafel.  I don’t like to fry foods, so I looked through my Google Reader to see if anyone had tried baked falafel and I found this recipe from A Year in the Kitchen.  It turned out really well!  If wasn’t as crispy as if they were fried, but they still has some crisp to them.  I made the patties very thin to try to get the crunch.  Here’s the recipe:

Baked Falafel-totally make-able in Russia!

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and patted dry
1/2 small onion, roughly chopped (about 1/2 cup)
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves, about a handful

Combine everything in a food processor and pulse until everything is well mixed and ground well. Cover and refrigerate for several hours (I did this overnight).

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees.  Heavily grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Make 9 thin patties from the falafel mixture and bake for 10 minutes, turn, and bake for 5 more.

I served these with cucumbers, hummus and pita.  I also like them with red bell peppers!

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