It smells like falafel , tastes like falafel, and is crispy like falafel ... It must be falafel-
but this falafel is made in the crock pot!
What a great idea! Who would have ever thought you could make falafel in a slow cooker?? Well, I'm for anything that I can make in the slow cooker or crock pot. It makes my life easier, is a fast clean up, and frees up my time.
I love falafel, but I don't like to fry or eat fried foods. This is a perfect solution !
Ok, mine don't exactly look like falafel. But when you pull the balls apart, it really does look and taste exactly like falafel . You will never know the difference ( and you might actually like it more)
This recipe is really delicious. Obviously it wasn't my idea.
I found this recipe where I find many of my crock pot recipes on
a fabulous blog called a Year of Slow Cooking.
I used her basic recipe but added some of our own preferences: grated carrot, sesame seeds, fresh herbs instead of dried herbs, and omitted some spices.
My results 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 once cooked and tasted great!
The following recipe is my version of the original recipe that I made from Stephanie's recipe at: Year of Slow Cooking.
Prep: 20 minutes
Slow Cooker Cook Time: 3 hours
Adapted from: 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 shredded
2 teaspoons of sesame seeds
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons ground cumin
a shake of garlic powder, salt , pepper to taste
Juice from 1 lemon
3/4 cup of gluten free breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons of 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 continue to cook for the full 3 hours.When I first removed the falafel from the crock pot, I have to admit that the falafel balls looked funny because they looked like a pie. 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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