The other night, my power went out. While this is a regular occurrence in the Bahamas, this is not something that happens very often in New Jersey. It hasn't happened to me in over 3 years!
Interestingly enough, when the electricity stopped, I realized that there was still a lot of light in the room. I looked down and saw that I was a) streaming a Youtube video, 2) reading several blog posts (I open several tabs at once because I hate hate hate waiting for pages to load!), and 3) trolling through Instagram on my phone. Do I have a technology problem? Don't think so...aka probably. Ok, definitely.
Logically, my next step was to use my phone's flashlight to navigate around the apartment and light some romantic candles. Then, I obviously continued to read through the open blog posts for the next half hour and not go to sleep early even though I had work the next day. This is totally normal. Just so you know.
Do you know what isn't normal? Baked falafel. Say whaaa? Falafel is typically a fried food. However, I have mentioned several times that I don't fry things in my house due to my desire to not singe myself or burn the entire building down. Take your pick. Having the option to BAKE the falafel instead of frying it opened up a whole new world to me! And and and, there's cheese involved! Now you've done it. Pass this recipe over asap!
Baked Falafel Parmesan
slightly adapted from Sarcastic Cooking
makes 6 patties
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 tablespoon chopped mint
- 1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- olive oil
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drizzle enough olive oil in a small baking dish so that there a thin layer on the bottom. Set aside.
2) In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, flour, garlic, onion, lemon zest, lemon juice, mint, cilantro, and all the spices. Blend the ingredients together until it is a slightly chunky consistency.
3) Use your hands to form 6 small patties with the chickpea mixture. Put the patties in the prepared dish.
4) Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
5) Remove the falafels from the dish and set aside. Spread the marina sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place the falafels on top of the sauce, then sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake for another 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Serve warm.