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spicy falafel gyros

Spicy Falafel Gyros, Greek Style

  • Author: Loreto and Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 large Giro 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Ingredients

Falafel:

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Dash of crushed sea salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup canola oil for frying

Gyro sauce:

  • 1/3 cup organic greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sumac
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Garnishing:

  • 1 cup of red cabbage
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/2 hothouse tomatoe cut in wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed greens salad
  • 1/4 cup purple onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled creamy feta

Instructions

Falafel:

  1. In a food processor toss in chickpeas, onions, parsley, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, sesame oil.
  2. Pulse food processor till mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Add in flour and pulse some more.
  4. Wet your hands, and scoop 1 tablespoon of the mixture into your hand and form a nice plump patty. Continue this until all your falafel are formed.
  5. In a medium saute pan, pour in oil. Heat to medium to high heat and place falafel in the pan. Cook about 2 minutes a side.
  6. With a spatula place fried falafel on a dish with paper towel.
  7. Take the falafel from the plate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Put falafel in a preheated 350° F oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

Gyro sauce:

  1. While falafel are baking, place yogurt, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, 1/2 tsp sumac, salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk ingredients until well incorporated and finish with a dusting of the leftover sumac. Set aside.

Red Cabbage:

  1. In a medium saute pan heat olive oil.
  2. Toss in chopped onion. Sautee till onion softens, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss in red cabbage and saute for 10 minutes, adding dill, and balsamic vinegar.
  4. Take off heat and set aside.

Assembly:

  1. Take a pita round and scoop a good spoonful of the gyro sauce.
  2. Spread it in the middle of the pita.
  3. Take some of the sauteed red cabbage, and spread on top of sauce.
  4. Place some salad greens along the sides of the cabbage.
  5. Take three falafel and place down the center of the pita.
  6. Add in some purple onion and tomato.
  7. Drop a few dollops of gyro sauce on falafel.
  8. Close and wrap up the bottom.
  9. Ready to eat. Enjoy!
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