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Falafel Fan Pita
  Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish made of fava beans and/or chickpeas, usually rolled into a ball and deep fried. We tweaked the recipe and grilled them into sandwich patties using our Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle (EA-BDC10)!

Ingredients (makes 8 sandwiches):
For Falafel Patties: 

  • 8 oz. (about 1 cup) dried chickpeas  
  • 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

For Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

For Sandwiches:

  • 8 leaves butter lettuce
  • 16 slices tomatoes
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced into 16
  • 4 pies of pita breads, cut in halves

Place chickpeas into a large bowl and soak in about 3 cups of cold water (not in the ingredients), for at least 8 hours. 


Drain beans well and place them into a food processor. Add remaining ingredients for falafel patties except vegetable oil to the food processor.


Pulse all ingredients together until rough-coarse meal forms. Scrape sides of the processor periodically. Pulse until medium-coarse texture. 


Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.


Make the yogurt sauce. In a bowl combine all ingredients for yogurt sauce. Cover and refrigerate until use. 


Spread vegetable oil onto the Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle (EA-BDC10).


Make the patties. With wet hands, take 2 tablespoons of falafel mixture from step 4 and form into an oval shaped patty. Place each patty on the Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle as you make it. Repeat step to make 15 more patties. 


After placing all patties on the griddle, cover with lid and turn the control knob to 300°F.


When they begin to sizzle, about 5 minutes after the operation lamp turns off, check the bottom of the patties to see if they are golden brown.


Flip the patties, place lid back and cook for another 5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. Turn heat off. 


Assemble the sandwiches. Place 1 lettuce leaf and 2 slices of tomatoes inside one half of a pita. Place two falafel patties, sliced cucumber inside and top with yogurt sauce. Repeat step to make 7 more sandwiches. 



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