This past week has been so much fun. I love all of the lemon, yogurt and chickpeas we have been eating. And then there’s the homemade pita. Mmmmmmm, so many homemade pita! While we were at it, I figured this would be the perfect time to venture a little bit farther on our international culinary tour.
This recipes uses a lot of those same flavors but is a bit more Middle Eastern in nature. Maybe it is Middle Easter/Midwest fusion?! Either way, ever since I read the description of Waffled Falafel Sandwiches on Food Lust People Love, I have been interested to give them a try.
I bought a bag of dried chickpeas a while back, but had never got around to doing anything with them. This seemed like the perfect chance to use them before they turned permanently into pea gravel!
This recipe is based on hers. She spent a fair amount of time in the Middle East and even had a favorite falafel guy. If the recipe is good enough for her, it’s good enough for me! She also said how the waffle iron got the edges nice and crispy, but left the centers soft without having to fry. Sold!
I don’t fry at home (I don’t like the mess and don’t want to get into the habit anyway) so this seemed like the perfect method for me. Besides, it is just fun to say falafel waffles. I think it’s worth making them just for that!
I did scale up the recipe a bit, mostly because I wanted to go ahead and use the whole pound of chickpeas. I also turned down the fresh herbs. I have a little dude who is a pretty adventurous eater, but isn’t a fan of green herbs. He will pick them out of anything.
They are ground up into these, but I didn’t want the flavor to be too strong where he wouldn’t give them a chance. You can certainly double what is in this recipe and have delicious results.
We put our falafel waffles on homemade sourdough pita and drizzled on some yogurt and tahini sauce. It made for a delicious sandwich.
However, I think I liked them even better just picked up and dipped in the sauce. The leftovers heated well and made a great lunch. The leftover pita became flatbread pizzas. Good stuff all the way around!