I love falafel, but I don't like to fry. Making the falafel in the crock pot actually works and is VERY delicious. There is a great blog that I like to frequent called A Year of Slow Cooking. It was there that I saw the recipe for falafel in slow cooker. It sounded so absurd that I had to try it. My result came out kind of like a pull apart pie because I made 2 layers in the crock pot it started to mold together; However, the balls pulled apart well .and tasted great!
The following recipe is my version of this great idea I got from Stepanie at A Year of Slow Cooking.
3 cups of cooked chickpeas, drained or 1 large can chick peas, drained
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 small carrot diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro ( optional)
2 t ground cumin
a shake garlic powder, salt , pepper to taste
juice from 1 lemon
3/4 cup of gluten free breadcrumbs
2 T olive oil.
Place all ingredients except olive oil and GF bread crumbs into a food processor. Pulse and process until mixture is smooth. Pour into a bowl, add GF breadcrumbs and mix well by hand. Make into golf ball sized falafel balls. Spray each ball with olive oil spray. Add 2-3 T of olive oil in the slow cooker. Place falafel balls in the slow cooker. Turn on high for about 3 hours until crispy. ( Trust me it works).
I couldn't help peeking at the balls every half hour. I took a picture after about 1 hour I noticed the crock pot became somewhat scorched on the side from the oil. I let them contimie for the full 3 hours.When I first removed the falafel from the crock pot, I have to admit that it looked funny. But they smelled amazing.
After just one bite, my husband said, " Wow," " this is really good; make this again" . What else is there to say?
Eat with a gluten free wrap or on a plate. ( If you are not gluten free enjoy with pita bread)
Top with humus, Greek yogurt, tsaziki, etc.
Step by Step Pictures
|Mix drained chick peas, onion, parley, cilantro, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder in the food processor. When done mix in breadcrumbs by hand. |
Form into golf sized balls
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