Falafel Sandwich with Tomato-Cucumber Salad

Those folks at Fine Cooking are on a roll.  Falafel is tasty and this recipe pan fries it instead of deep-frying it. Less mess and less oil to buy or splatter all over the place.   

Ingredients:

1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

7 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. ground coriander

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1/2 cup plain fine dry breadcrumbs; more as needed

1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered

1 medium pickling cucumber or 1/3 English cucumber, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

4 pitas, warmed

Heat the oven to 425°F.

Directions:

In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, 2 Tbs. of the oil, the cumin, coriander, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper into a chunky paste. Add the onion and breadcrumbs and pulse until the mixture tightens up. You should be able to easily form it into a patty—add more breadcrumbs as needed. Gently form the chickpea mixture into twelve 1/2-inch-thick patties.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering hot. Add 6 of the patties and cook until nicely browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the other sides until browned, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer the patties to a baking sheet. Repeat with 2 Tbs. more oil and the remaining six patties. Bake the patties until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, toss the tomatoes and cucumber with the lemon juice, the remaining 1 Tbs. oil, and salt to taste.

Split the pitas and stuff them with the falafel and tomato-cucumber salad.

From: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/falafel-sandwich-tomato-cucumber-salad.aspx

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