Falafel with Beet & Potato Mash

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A couple of weeks ago we were doing errands around the city center and we got very hungry. A falafel place which we both like was not very far, so we decided to stop there for lunch. It has been ages since we had falafels and it reminded me of how much I like them. Since the holidays are approaching, I thought they would make a good vegetarian dish to serve. To make them a bit more festive, I served them with a beet and potato mash.

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This recipe makes 25 falafels.

Ingredients:

For the mash:

800gr of potatoes for mash like Russets

3 roasted beets, peeled and chopped

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

Salt

For the falafel:

1 ½ cups of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight

1 bunch of parsley

1 bunch of coriander

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of lemon pepper

1 tablespoon of harissa or more to taste

1 ½ teaspoon of salt

Pinch of cumin or more to taste

7 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Extras:

1 ½ cups of vegetable oil

2 cups of panko

 

The night before, place the chickpeas in a large bowl with plenty of cold water and let them soak overnight.

To make the mash, first roast the beets until tender. I just wrapped each one in foil with a drizzle of olive oil and roasted them for 1.5 hours at 180C/350F. Then peel them and chop them.

Boil the potatoes until tender. Then peel them.

Place the cooked potatoes and beets in the food processor. Add salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Pulse until it is very smooth. You can leave it like this or if you want it extra smooth you can pass it through a sieve.

Drain the soaked chickpeas and place them in the food processor with the rest of the ingredients for the falafels. Pulse until everything is well combined; just make sure not to puree it. You still want to keep some texture. Transfer the mixture into a bowl.

Place the panko on a separate plate.

Start making balls with the falafel mixture, about the size of 1 tablespoon. Coat each ball in the panko and then flatten it. Repeat for the remaining mixture.

Pour the oil into a large pan over medium heat. Have a large plate lined with paper towels ready.

Pan-fry the falafels until golden on both sides. Place them on the prepared plate to soak up some of the oil.

Serve the falafels with the potato and beet mash, and the sauce of your choice.

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Chanterelle Quinoa “Risotto” Stuffed Cabbage with Butternut Squash Puree

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The chanterelles were calling my name at the market so I got some and made a quinoa risotto with them. In the spirit of fall, I stuffed savoy cabbage leaves with it and served the rolls over a butternut squash puree.

This recipe makes 8 rolls.

Ingredients:

For the quinoa risotto:

1 ½ cups of cooked quinoa

300grs of chanterelles, brushed clean and chopped

2 tablespoons of butter

1/3 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/3 teaspoon of onion powder

Salt

½ cup of white wine

200gr of crème fraiche

1 bunch of parsley, chopped

40gr of grated Parmesan

Zest of 1 lemon

For the butternut squash puree:

1 medium butternut squash

1/3 cup of cream

Salt

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Celery salt

Extras:

8 savoy cabbage leaves

2 litters of vegetable stock to boil the cabbage

 

Boil the cabbage leaves in the vegetable stock for 20 minutes. Then drain them and trim off the tough part of the outer spines of the leaves. Set aside.

To make the pure, slice the butternut squash into chunks. Take the seeds out and place the chunks in a plate. Cover the plate with plastic wrap and microwave for 9 minutes. Once the squash is cooked, be careful when you remove the plastic wrap so that the steam coming out doesn’t burn you. Spoon out the flesh of the squash and place it in medium bowl. Add the cream, a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt and salt. Blend it until smooth using an immersion blender. Taste for seasoning and set aside.

To make the quinoa risotto, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the chanterelles, garlic powder, onion powder and a pinch of salt. Cook until the mushrooms are lightly golden, about 4 minutes.  You can set a bit of the mushrooms aside for garnishing the plate later.

Add the wine, quinoa and stir until most of the wine evaporates. Then add the crème fraiche, parmesan and parsley. Stir for about 5 minutes, until the parmesan has melted and most of the liquid has evaporated.  Add the lemon zest and mix it. Taste for salt and pepper. Set aside.

Warm the butternut puree in the microwave or in a pan.

Warm the cabbage leaves in the microwave only for a few seconds. Pat them dry with paper towels.

Stuff each leave with about 6 tablespoons of the quinoa. Roll it, tucking in the ends. Repeat for the remaining leaves.

To serve, spread some of the butternut squash puree on each plate. Place a cabbage roll in the middle and garnish with some sautéed chanterelles.

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