June 30, 2017

Waffled Falafels: A Fresh New Recipe for Your Waffle Iron

If you don’t own a waffle maker, it should definitely be at the top of your wish list! Home-made waffles are a delicious treat that are super easy to make if you have the right iron.  A brunch and breakfast staple, you can make them on weekend mornings with the family to start the day off in a special way or top them with ice cream and syrup for a surprisingly irresistible dessert! A good waffle goes a long way in anybody’s books, and while these sugary sensations are a waffle-pro’s go-to, there is also a savoury side to them that often passes under the radar. Have you ever thought of making a savoury dish in your waffle maker? Well now’s your chance, as the recipe we have in store for you will satisfy your culinary ambitions and absolutely delight your loved ones with something tasty and perfect for lunch or dinner.

First things first. We need to make sure you are well-equipped for this gastronomic adventure! If you’re in need of a waffle maker, we have just the thing for you: our amazing Belgian Rotary Waffle Maker— an affordable choice that makes golden and crispy waffles to perfection. With it, you can have restaurant-worthy Belgian Waffles while staying cozy at home! Our waffle maker beats out all the other competition as far as rotating waffle irons go; it’s just like the ones you find in hotels! The easy rotating feature and temperature control do all the work for you, and helps makes a great brunch in minutes. The Belgian Rotary Waffle Maker works fast and produces 7″ waffles that can handle all the toppings and fillings your loved ones desire. Clean up is no hassle either, as it has a non-stick surface and a removable spill tray. Plus, in case you were wondering, it makes more than just waffles! You can make yummy Belgian-styled hash browns or an omelet you don’t have to flip (don’t mind if we do!).

If you’re like us and have a love for Mediterranean food, you might find today’s recipe even more exciting than either of those options. You’ve probably tasted falafel at a restaurant or even from a food truck, but we bet that you’ve never tasted something like this. As a great-tasting vegetarian option, it has a permanent spot on many menus, but seldom tried at home. Why not take a stab at making your very own homemade falafel? And better yet, one that is in the shape of a waffle!! In collaboration with recipe developer, chef, and food stylist Sohel Emmanuel Pokidko Ayoub, we developed a fresh way to prepare falafel. With his waffled falafel recipe, you can try something new with all the same healthy, meatless and protein-rich ingredients. Top it with Sohel’s tzatziki sauce and get ready to enjoy, because this dish is literally exploding with flavour! 

So, what are you waiting for? Try our waffled falafel recipe for a cool twist on tradition!


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Waffled Falafels With Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Servings: 6 falafels
Author: @iamsohel
Ingredients
Falafels:
  • 1 ½  can (400 ml) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ medium onion , chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ cup parsley , chopped + extra for garnishing
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • ¼ tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Tzatziki sauce:
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ½ Persian cucumbers
  • ½ tbsp dill
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Drain the chickpeas well and coarsely chop the onion. Add both to a food processor, like the thinkkitchen Easy-Chop Food Chopper, with cloves of garlic. Pulse to a coarse mixture.
  2. Add oil, salt, all of the spices, flour and baking powder. Pulse ingredients, pushing down the mixture on the sides with a spatula to make sure it’s well combined.
  3. Add in chopped parsley. Pulse a few times. Add the egg and mix with spatula.
  4. Heat the waffle iron and spray or brush the surfaces with oil. When heated, place about ¼ cup of falafel mixture in a mound in the middle of the iron. Make sure not to cover the whole surface with the mixture because it will flatten and spread. Cook until the surface is golden brown. Repeat until no more mixture remains.
  5. While the waffles are cooking, make the tzatziki. Cut the cucumber in half and seed with a small spoon. Dice into small pieces.
  6. Mix the yogurt, garlic, salt, lemon juice and dill. Just before serving, stir in the diced cucumber. Serve the waffles hot with tzatziki, garnished with parsley and pomegranate seeds. Bon appétit!

Note: We had our falafels with a side of tomatoes, cucumbers and lemon.

Helping you make the most of mealtime,

@iamsohel


Of Russian and Lebanese origin, Sohel grew up in Africa with his family where he quickly developed a curiosity and a love for food. Passionate about the arts in general, he devoted himself to singing and dramatic art during his adolescence. A few years later, not knowing what path his career would take and having cultivated a passion for cooking, he decided to enroll at l’école des métiers de la restauration et du tourisme de Montréal, where he graduated in 2013.

After graduating, Sohel worked for some time at the catering service Agnus Dei and later decided to redirect his career towards culinary styling, where he discovered his true strength and passion. His creativity and love of the visual arts made his work vibrant and quickly propelled him as one of the top Montreal ‘Foodies’ on Instagram. In 2016, he joined the Montreal company Cook It, where he works as a chef and recipe developer. He has been featured in several video collaborations with Québec personalities such as Mitsou, Joël Legendre, Virginie Coossa, Florence K and many others. Sohel also has a few television appearances, including Dragon’s Den Canada & L’Épicerie on Radio-Canada. Follow him on Instagram at @iamsohel for more!

 

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