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Pan-Fried Falafel

Pan-Fried Falafel

Pan-fried falafel is a meatless, healthy appetizer or snack made from chickpeas (garbanzo beans). They’re seasoned up, rolled in breadcrumbs, and pan-fried until they’re crispy and golden brown.

I work next to a natural foods co-op and I’m pretty sure 90% of the staff is scared of me (and they should be, grrr). But, let’s get something straight right now, I don’t hate hippies.

I actually rather enjoy the idea of buying local and healthy. What I don’t like are the people bringing down the overall healthy local ‘ideal’. Growing up, I thought ‘hippie’ meant a mellow person of the 60’s or 70’s with long hair and a chill attitude who was way into tie dye.

I now believe it means a person who drives an expensive car, will park like a jackass, and leave their expensive vehicle running while they purchase a cup of organic coffee. Once again, I don’t hate hippies. I’m not judging an entire type of living because of a few people. I just get to see a lot of a few quite often.

Pan-Fried Falafel Recipe \\

So here’s my first meatless, rather natural, almost vegan, sure-I-could-make-it-gluten-free recipe, as a peace offering.

No, you can’t have the Snicker’s cupcakes, they are for my uncle only.

Totally useful tip!

I used a small ice cream scoop to portion out the falafel into balls and drop them into the oil.

I fried one minute on each side because I like my falafel a little more on the crisp side.

Pan-Fried Falafel Recipe \\

I munched on this in a pita pocket with spinach and hummus (couldn’t find/wasn’t making tahini sauce) while fancying myself a falafel street vendor. It was rather good. Now that I know how simple pan-fried falafel is to make, I will be making it again and tweaking the recipe some more. I really think more fresh herbs could really take this to another level.

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