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Old 02-05-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Tabbouleh, here, too. I love it, it tastes like springtime.

Falafel is awesome, but I've never made it at home, because I rarely fry things at home. I may try an oven recipe, though.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Tabbouleh, here, too. I love it, it tastes like springtime.

Falafel is awesome, but I've never made it at home, because I rarely fry things at home. I may try an oven recipe, though.
Me too. It's a rare treat at home.

I hate the smell frying leaves in the kitchen, not to mention what it leaves on my thighs...
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:41 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Necer even heard of it before.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Necer even heard of it before.
Really? It's a Lebanese dish. eta: though very popular throughout the middle east and also Greece

http://chefsnews.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/falafel-3.jpg (broken link)
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Me too. It's a rare treat at home.

I hate the smell frying leaves in the kitchen, not to mention what it leaves on my thighs...
Yep, saving fried treats for dining out seems to be best for all parties involved, in my household.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I love Greek or Middle Eastern cuisine! I crave it all the time. Thank goodness Denver has a lot of good ethnic places to choose from. But it's like an easter egg hunt to find awesome falafel, tzatziki sauce and a perfect gyro. I'm not sure I trust myself enough to make them myself. But I would love to take the challenge. Thanks for the recipes BTW! I'm giving points out and bookmarking those.
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Old 02-05-2011, 04:25 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Really? It's a Lebanese dish. eta: though very popular throughout the middle east and also Greece




They look like hush puppies..sort of.

What do they taste like ???
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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They look like hush puppies..sort of.

What do they taste like ???
They taste like............
























falafel!
Read the recipe George posted, that should give you an idea.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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Tabbouleh, here, too. I love it, it tastes like springtime.

Falafel is awesome, but I've never made it at home, because I rarely fry things at home. I may try an oven recipe, though.
Yeah, me too. When I do fry I tend to throw every possible fry recipe to get the most use out of the oil. It turns into a mixed bag: onion rings, tempura, mozzarella sticks, fish and chips...you name it...

As for falafel, they taste like a meatless meatball. They're really satisfying, pretty much the perfect veg option. The problem making them is they can fall apart, and people have said that comes from using canned chickpeas instead of soaked. I had that problem with a just-add-water boxed mix too.

You can try and shallow fry rather than deep fry them. I ended up doing that with the boxed mix, getting a crust and rolling them around to keep a shape. They ended up flattening on the fried sides so they weren't ideal, but that's OK since they usually end up smashed in the pita anyway.

(In a lot of SoCal 99 cents Only stores there are jars of tahini on the shelves. Just a heads up.)

I'm looking at trying shawarma at home too, but I wonder if I can do the stacked meat in a BBQ grill without rotating it.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Middle-eastern falafel, with tabbouleh..

But try this also:
Make a falafel sub. Cut the grain-balls in half after cooking. Cut a strip off a full pita, so you can open the pita up (sort of a like a deflated football opened on one end) for a sandwich. Smear a spoonful of hummus over the inside of the bottom of the pita. Then, smush those halved falafels down flat over the hummus. Add some *crisp* head lettuce. Add big-diced fresh ripe tomatoes. Drizzle tahini inside the whole thing, serve in a square of tin foil and plenty of napkins.
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