Monday, July 14, 2014

Falafel Burger Pitas

These are good plain but we really liked the burgers in a Pita stuffed with tomato, cucumber and romaine.

Falafel Burger Pitas


1/2 – 1 cup hot water  (try 1/2 cup first, I used recipes 1 cup and it was runny)
1/4            cup tahini (sesame-seed paste)
3            tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8            teaspoon salt
2            garlic cloves, minced


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 oz. cans chickpeas, drained
4            garlic cloves, minced
1/2         cup dry breadcrumbs, divided
4            teaspoons olive oil, divided

Remaining Ingredients

6          mini pitas
            romaine lettuce
            tomato, sliced
            cucumber, sliced
            red onion, thinly sliced

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 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 non-stick 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.

Cut pita in half and slice each pita in half.  Place half patty, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and red onion into pita.  Dress with sauce.

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