Today I want to share the recipes for one of my family’s favourite dinners with you. We LOVE Greek food in our home! I’ll tell you now, none of it is what you would call authentic; we have changed the recipes over time to suit our taste buds. Whether it is spinach pie, souvlaki with greek potatoes or falafel’s I know that my kids will finish everything on their plate and ask for seconds!
When we make this meal my husband makes the pitas fresh for us. Technically, they are very similar to roti and consist of flour, water and oil. I’ll share his recipe in the future.
To make the falafels…
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (reserve 1/2 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
3 gloves of garlic
1 tblsp olive oil
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup flour
Place all ingredients in a blender except for the last two. Mix well until smooth. Place 1/2 cup chickpeas that were reserved in a dish and mash them. Add blender mixture to the mashed chickpeas and mix in bread crumbs and flour. Make into a circular shape about 1/2 an inch thick. Fry until golden brown and drain off excess oil.
You can make these ahead of time and store in the fridge.
To make the tzatziki…
2 cups plain balkan style yogurt
1 cup shredded cucumber, peeled and access liquid drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tblsp dried dill
1/2 tsp dried mint
salt to taste
Mix all ingredients together and salt to your taste preference. You can make this a day ahead just keep in mind that the longer it sits the stronger the garlic will be.Layer your falafel in your pita with chopped onion, cucumber, tomato, lettuce and feta. Drizzle with tzatziki or layer it on thick if you wish and eat away! Add whatever else you may like in it too. My husband and two of my boys really like pickled beets in theirs.
Do you like Greek food? What is your favourite dish?