Grilled Chipotle Falafel

by on March 9, 2009

Grilled Chipotle Falafel

I actually won a giveaway! Among the bonanza of all kinds of Mediterranean dips and chips that recently arrived on my doorstep (thanks to the Foodie BlogRoll and Cedars Mediterranean Foods) were two big tubs of tzatziki – you know, the Greek cucumber-yogurt dip. I wasn’t quite sure how I would use up these delicious, but perishable, gifts until I came across Sandy’s enticing recipe for Baked Falafel on Eat Real. Three thoughts came to mind: 1) what a perfect complement for tzatziki,  2) I’ll bet I could grill that and 3) I’ll bake my own pita breads too!

Homemade Pita Breads

On that last point, I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet that I’m participating in the Bake Your Own Bread (BYOB) challenge this year. The goal is to bake all of our own baked goods (or at least as many as possible) from scratch in 2009. Of course, I still find myself buying bread every so often, but I’ve definitely been baking at home more than ever. The aromas in this kitchen have been just heavenly!

My pita breads (pictured above) took so little time to make. With a batch of ABin5 Italian semolina dough ready in the fridge, all I had to do was heat the oven, shape the dough and bake for 7 minutes. Watching them rise was like observing time-elapsed photography – they puffed up quite a bit! They came out so soft and spongy inside, a night-and-day difference from the store-bought kind I’m used to.

Making my own falafel was also an easy and satisfying experience. Frying gives traditionally prepared falafel a wonderful crunchy exterior; fortunately, so does grilling. The patties were dense enough to hold their shape on the grill but they still had a nice light texture (no hockey pucks here!). I added chipotles for some smoky heat – they’re not traditional, but I just love the flavor. Plus, the cool, creamy tzatziki takes the edge off the spiciness. These falafel were super-easy to make, quick enough for a weeknight dinner and quite delicious.

Grilled Chipotle Falafel



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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandie March 9, 2009 at 12:27 am

What a great prize to win! (It’s making me hungry for a gyro just thinking about it!)

This recipe sounds delicious too—I’ve never made anything quite like this…so I’m bookmarking it to try soon!


2 Bellini Valli March 9, 2009 at 5:12 am

Falafels are one of my favourites by far. I’m sure
we could put this through the panini press.


3 Sandy S March 9, 2009 at 5:19 am

I want this for lunch today! Kathy, you did such an amazing job with both the falafal and the pitas ~ they look better-than-restaurant-quality delicious! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading (and giving a shout-out to) both of my blogs.


4 Culinary Cory March 9, 2009 at 6:55 am

I love falafel! When I lived in Chicago, there was a restaurant down the street that served the best I have ever had. Gosh, I miss that place.


5 Jordan March 9, 2009 at 10:16 am

I love falafel! Some of the best falafel I’ve had came from San Diego. 😉


6 marguerite March 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

I have always wanted to try falafel and chipotle is one of my FAVORITE flavors!!


7 justeatfood March 9, 2009 at 11:43 am

Your pita looks incredible. I’ve been trying to make more of my bread too and it is actually pretty fun!


8 lo! March 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

LOVE falafel — and this recipe looks seriously good.

As a chile-head, I’m really liking the addition of chipotle. Gotta try this!


9 Maria March 9, 2009 at 1:41 pm

That is the perfect meal! The pita looks awesome…and so does the falafel. Great job here!


10 The Duo Dishes March 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

We’re in BYOB too, but we haven’t tackled anything like pitas! It has to be more than worth it. So delicious.


11 Carolyn Jung March 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I’ve made my own pita only once. It was time-consuming, and messy. But boy, were they awesome! Warm, puffy, right out of the oven, they were just the best pita ever. Definitely worth taking the time to do at least once.


12 Kristen March 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Your pita bread looks absolutely perfect!
What a delicious recipe, and congrats on snagging up a great prize!


13 RecipeGirl March 10, 2009 at 5:49 am

I saw that recipe too & bookmarked it for later! Great minds think alike 🙂

Your pitas turned out so darn cute. I totally want to make them now.


14 grace March 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

of all the giveaways to win, you got a doozy! this is like my dream prize, and i really like how you used it. chickpeas in any form combined with a pita is delightful in my book!


15 Pam March 10, 2009 at 9:23 am

Another tasty sandwich and a great photo too.


16 maris March 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Every time I read your blog you get more and more creative! I don’t have a panini press but I’ve been wanting to try Sandy’s recipe for awhile.


17 kellypea March 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I remember you mentioning this on Twitter and oh my goodness it turned out perfectly! Your pita are gorgeous. Love the sound of all the flavors in this mixing up and being delicious on my plate.


18 RobinSue March 13, 2009 at 5:55 am

I have been really getting into chickpeas of late and this dish looks great. I love falafel but never make them myself. But now I can. Thanks Kathy!


19 lo March 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm

OK, Kathy – I’m back again because I have to tell you that this falafel is still calling my name. Every time I see the title of this post on my Google Reader I find myself drooling. Just thought you should know.


20 Kevin March 16, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Those falafels look good!


21 lisaiscooking March 27, 2009 at 6:59 am

Just saw this on FoodieView, and it looks fantastic!


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