Ingredients (makes 8 sandwiches):
For Falafel Patties:
- 8 oz. (about 1 cup) dried chickpeas
- 1/2 small onion, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp. garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 2 tsp. all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/8 tsp. black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
- 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
For Yogurt Sauce:
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. dill, chopped
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 8 leaves butter lettuce
- 16 slices tomatoes
- 1/2 English cucumber, sliced into 16
- 4 pies of pita breads, cut in halves
*This recipe was developed for the Gourmet Sizzler? Electric Griddle (EA-BDC10). Adjustments may be necessary when using other models.
Place chickpeas into a large bowl and soak in about 3 cups of cold water (not in the ingredients), for at least 8 hours.
Drain beans well and place them into a food processor. Add remaining ingredients for falafel patties except vegetable oil to the food processor.
Pulse all ingredients together until rough-coarse meal forms. Scrape sides of the processor periodically. Pulse until medium-coarse texture.
Transfer mixture to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Make the yogurt sauce. In a bowl combine all ingredients for yogurt sauce. Cover and refrigerate until use.
Spread vegetable oil onto the Gourmet Sizzler? Electric Griddle (EA-BDC10).
Make the patties. With wet hands, take 2 tablespoons of falafel mixture from step 4 and form into an oval shaped patty. Place each patty on the Gourmet Sizzler? Electric Griddle as you make it. Repeat step to make 15 more patties.
After placing all patties on the griddle, cover with lid and turn the control knob to 300°F.
When they begin to sizzle, about 5 minutes after the operation lamp turns off, check the bottom of the patties to see if they are golden brown.
Flip the patties, place lid back and cook for another 5 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. Turn heat off.
Assemble the sandwiches. Place 1 lettuce leaf and 2 slices of tomatoes inside one half of a pita. Place two falafel patties, sliced cucumber inside and top with yogurt sauce. Repeat step to make 7 more sandwiches.