Crock Pot Falafel & Yogurt Garlic Sauce

Hello again!

Second post in one week – look at me go! The Seahawks won again, which means I’ll be hibernating until after the Super Bowl. Ugh. Between Chris Kluwe’s experiences with bigotry and all this other general ridiculousness, I’m not feeling the NFL. The hyper-masculinity of the sport has always kind of been a turn off. Imagine what we could do if we pooled all the money that went into tickets to these games and did something to help the world…. but anyway…

FALAFEL! Seriously, this recipe rocks. It’s SO good. You get the crispiness you want falafel to have without having to fry it. It’s definitely on my top 10 favorite things to make in a Crock Pot list. This recipe is based on one from my Crock Pot hero (yes, I have one), Stephanie O’Dea. Her blog is fantastic if you’ve never been.  This is a two parter – we’ve got the falafel and then M’s dill sauce recipe. Here we go!

Crock Pot Falafel
Crock Pot Falafel
A wonderfully simple and healthy Crock Pot falafel recipe.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 0 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
  • 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • Olive oil
Instructions:
Drain the can of garbanzo beans and add the beans to a mixing bowl. Smash the beans with a fork. Set aside. Add the egg, spices, garlic, onion and lemon juice to a food processor or blender. Pulse. Add mixture to the garbanzo beans and stir it up. Add bread crumbs slowly. The mixture should be sticky and wet, but firm enough to make balls out of. Add olive oil to the entire bottom of the Crock Pot. Then roll falafel balls and dip all sides in the olive oil and place into the Crock Pot. Continue until you run out of mixture. Cook on high for 3.5 - 4 hours. You will know they are done when they are crispy on the outside and you can pick them up with a fork without crumbling. Serve with pita bread, cucumber, tomato and M's yogurt and garlic sauce recipe below!

 

Falafel Prep
The mashed chick peas and the contents for the food processor.
Falafel Balls
Arranging the falafel balls.

Yogurt Garlic Sauce

  • 3 dollops of Greek yogurt
  • 2 sprigs of dill, stems pulled
  • 3 cloves of roasted garlic, mashed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix this together for a bad ass sauce, courtesy of M!

Crock Pot Falafel dinner!
Crock Pot Falafel dinner!

7 Comments

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  2. Tracy

    I have to make a lot for a big pot luck at school… do you think I can stack them in the crock pot or will that be a problem? Wondering if that will cause some of the sides to not crisp up.

    1. Alli

      Well, hello friend! Stacking shouldn’t be a problem as long as you make sure to get every side of each one dipped in olive oil. That’s what is going to make them crisp up.

  3. Maggie

    I’ve had the worst luck with falafel- the first time, Eliz and I almost killed ourselves with hot oil when we tried to pan fry them and when I tried to bake them in the oven, they ended up looking like green (too much parsley) gross chickpea cookies (not in the good way that cookies usually look). I’m so excited to try this!

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