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Quinoa Falafel with Extra Melt Cheese Sauce

Yield: 8 servings | Serving Size: 2 falafels with 2 ounces sauce

Middle Eastern Quinoa Croquettes recipe

Ingredients

  • Falafel Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons | Vegetable oil
  • 6 ounces (1 cup) | Chopped yellow onion
  • 5 ounces (1 cup) | Diced carrots
  • 1 pound (2 cups) | Canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons | Chili powder
  • 12 ounces (2 cups) | Cooked quinoa
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) | Chopped toasted walnuts
  • 2 ounces (1 cup) | Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup | Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup | Flat-leaf parsley, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup | Hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup | Lemon juice
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  • Cheese Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 pound | Land O Lakes® Extra Melt® White Cheese Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons | Berbere Ethiopian spice blend or harissa powder

Preparation

STEP 1

Heat oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat; add onion and carrots. Cook 3-4 minutes or until vegetables start to soften.

STEP 2

Add chickpeas and chili powder to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, 6-7 minutes or until chickpeas start to brown slightly.

STEP 3

Transfer chickpea mixture to large bowl; mash until mostly smooth. Add all remaining Falafel ingredients; mix well.

STEP 4

Form mixture into 16 patties using #12 scoop; sauté on flat-top or in sauté pan with additional vegetable oil until browned and heated through. May also be baked at 375°F for 10-15 minutes. Spray lightly with vegetable oil to help browning.

STEP 5

Meanwhile, combine Extra Melt White Cheese Sauce and spice blend in small saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Hold hot until service.

STEP 6

To serve, plate 2 falafels alongside fresh green salad and side of 2 ounces cheese sauce.


Recipe Tips

Tip #1

Falafels may also be served in warmed pita bread along with with lettuce, tomato, onion, chutney and Extra Melt Cheese Sauce.

Tip #2

Make 32 smaller falafels instead of the 16 smaller using #24 scoop. Serve falafels on lettuce-lined platter along with multiple cheese sauce variations to be used as dipping sauces and dressings.


Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size2 falafels with 2 ounces sauce
  • Calories490 calories
  • Fat 32 grams
  • Sat. Fat 9 grams
  • Trans Fat 0.5 grams
  • Cholesterol 37 milligrams
  • Sodium 883 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates 37 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 7 grams
  • Sugars 5 grams
  • Protein 18 grams
  • Vitamin A 3954 IU
  • Vitamin C 9 milligrams
  • Calcium 298 milligrams
  • Iron 2.29 milligrams

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