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Grilled Falafel and Halloumi Burger

April 24, 2015

Jim whipped us this meal as his return state-side to the WDC.  I had never heard (or had) halloumi until I went to the UK.  It is a type of cheese that’s some what hard, but with a relatively high melting point making it easy to fry.  It’s a white cheese that has a fairly salty flavor and is somewhat difficult to find here.  Jim got it at Whole Foods and paid quite the premium for it.

A falafel is a typically deep fred patty of chick peas and/or fava beans.  Jim opted to grill the falafel instead of deep fry – he’s a keeper!

Falafal

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield:4 sandwiches
Taste: Great

Ingredients

2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 garlic cloves
small bunch spring onions (or one small red onion)
1 tsp salt
2 tbs plain flour
2, 1lb cans of chickpeas drained and rinsed
4 bread rolls (ciabatta works well)
1 red bell pepper
arugula
pesto
hummus

Procedure:

1) Pre-heat grill to medium heat.

2) To make the falafel burgers, put cumin, coriander, garlic, onions, salt, and flour in a food processor and process until mixed.

3) Add chickpeas in  1 cup increments to food processor and process until a smooth consistency is achieved.

4) Form into four burgers. If they are too runny, add a little more flour.

5) Once the grill is warm, add the falafel and cook until golden (approximately 5 minutes each side).

6) Slice red bell pepper into 1-inch strips. Place on grill and cook until soft, approximately 10 min.

7) Slice the Halloumi cheese, place each cheese slice on a hot grill pan for approximately 1 minute each side until golden brown.

8) If desired, toast bread on grill.

9) Spread pesto and hummus on bread, top with falafel, peppers, halloumi and arugula.

Source: Hello Magazine

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From → Lunch, Main Dish, Travel, WDC

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