I love having the kind of meal where we all dig in to various bowls and pots on the table, creating our own mix of favourites on our plates, I find it is a good way of persuading Syd to try a few different things and it makes for a really social supper. My eldest was back briefly from Uni the last couple of days, (she has now swanned off on holiday before returning properly next week), so I wanted to have a meal that all 5 of us would sit down and enjoy together – Greek food is great for this, and this time I decided to make my own oven baked falafel.
We ate our’s with flatbreads, salad, houmous, sweet potato fries and a selection of sauces – sweet chilli for the adults, mayo for the teen and ketchup for the boys. It made for a delicious meal on a hot day, and it is always a bonus as a Mum to find something that everyone will eat, rather than having to cook more than one meal!
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 x 400g tin of chickpeas
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 medium egg - beaten
- Olive oil for frying and brushing
- Salt and Pepper
- Fry the onions and garlic in a little olive oil until soft.
- Drain the chickpeas and add into a bowl with the cooked onions. Mash the chickpeas and onions together, don't worry if there are a few bigger bits. (A potato masher or fork will both work)
- Add salt and pepper to taste, then mix through the beaten egg.
- Divide the mix into 12 and pop each portion into a greased jam tart tin.
- Leave to chill for half an hour.
- Brush the top with oil, then pop into an oven pre-heated to 200 degrees for approx 25 mins until golden and crispy on top.
I used a small jam tart tin for mine, and it gave them a nice shape which fitted better in a flatbread than the traditional round ones – but if you don’t have one just shape into balls and cook on a greased baking sheet. You can also vary the ingredients used – the above is very basic – they are also good with a little lemon zest and fresh coriander or some chilli flakes and a squirt of tomato sauce – just add in at the mixing stage.
Love Miss Cisco XXX