open-faced falafel burgers

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Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame-seed paste)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Patties:

  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs, divided
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 6 mini pitas OR whole wheat English Muffins
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped tomato
  • 2 cups sliced peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

To prepare sauce, combine the first 5 ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth.

To prepare patties, combine 1 cup onion and next 7 ingredients (through 4 garlic cloves) in a food processor, and process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Place bean mixture in a large bowl; stir in 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Divide bean mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Place remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Dredge patties in breadcrumbs.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and patties.

Warm mini pitas according to package directions. Place 1 pita on each of 6 plates. Top each serving with 1/2 cup lettuce, 1/3 cup tomato, 1/3 cup cucumber, and 4 teaspoons onion. Drizzle each serving with about 3 tablespoons sauce; top each serving with 1 patty.

Wine note: Light in body and tannin, pinot noir is the perfect red wine for robust vegetarian dishes.

Source: Cooking Light

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One thought on “open-faced falafel burgers

  1. …didn’t know they also call it falafel in that part of the world. here in Romania falafel is the order of the day! and it means “make it the same” in Romanian language.

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