Chickpea and Spinach Patties with Hummus, Feta Cheese and Tomatoes

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Crispy, spicy, deep-fried chickpeas are one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world: I heart Falafel. This Chickpea and Spinach recipe is inspired by them. These are pan-fried in a lightly greased pan and are healthier than traditional deep-fried falafel.

These will satisfy any craving for falafel! Pile them high on flatbread or stuffed into pitas with home-made hummus, feta cheese and tomatoes.The hummus is a basic recipe I’ve been making for years and you can play around with it to suit your own taste. It’s very forgiving. And totally delicious!

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Chickpea and Spinach Patties with Feta Cheese and Tomato
(by Reeni)

1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup chopped frozen Spinach, cooked, water squeezed out
1/4 cup diced Onion
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1/4 cup seasoned Bread Crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
1 tablespoon fresh Parsley, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Sea salt
fresh cracked Pepper
Vegetable Oil, for pan frying
Crumbled Feta, for serving

1. In a large bowl smash the Chickpeas with a potato masher or use your food processor to break them down. Add all the ingredients and mix well. Form four patties and refrigerate for a half hour.

2. Pan fry in a tiny amount of oil or cook on a George Foreman grill until golden brown on the outside and cooked through. About five minutes each side. Serve with Feta, Hummus, Lettuce and Tomato.

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Hummus
(by Reeni)

1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup Tahini
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup diced Onion
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
Lemon juice, fresh squeezed

In the bowl of a food processor add all of your ingredients including a tablespoon of Lemon juice. Pulse until smooth. Taste and add more Lemon juice if desired. If the mixture is too thick add additional Olive Oil or Bottled Water a tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you like. Taste and re-season to your personal taste preference. Drizzle additional Olive Oil on top for serving.

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Comments

  1. Krista says

    Looks good to me! Especially that hummus. Good stuff. And as always, looking forward to seeing your next kitchen creation!

  2. Daily Spud says

    My experience with making falafel has been similar – they've been tasty but have fallen apart when I've tried to fry them. Your chickpea patties look and sound like a great alternative.

  3. Hummingbird Appetite says

    I love chickpeas, especially falafel. But your chickpea sound delicious! I could never have enough of hummus.

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