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Air-Fried Falafel with Spicy Feta Sauce

Air-Fried Falafel with Spicy Feta Sauce

9 hrs 20 mins total time

40 mins active time

Medium

Makes 12, 1 cup sauce

Ingredients


Measurements:

Falafel:

  • 1¼ cups (8 oz) dried chickpeas
  • 1 cup (½ oz) lightly packed Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup (½ oz) lightly packed cilantro leaves
  • 6 green onions

    sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic

    sliced

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Spicy feta sauce:

  • 8 oz good-quality feta cheese (block form)
  • 1 clove garlic

    chopped

  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp red-pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • 1Rinse chickpeas and place in a large bowl. Cover with enough cold water to allow chickpeas to triple in volume. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.
  • 2The next day, rinse chickpeas and let drain in a strainer while preparing remaining ingredients.
  • 3Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a Breville food processor. Process until finely ground, about 30 seconds, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • 4Transfer mixture to a medium bowl and cover. Refrigerate for 20 minutes before forming falafel.
  • 5Prepare spicy feta sauce while falafel batter rests. Combine feta, garlic, oregano and pepper flakes in the bowl of a Breville food processor. Process until feta is broken down and smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  • 6With the machine running, add the olive oil through the feed tube and process until incorporated. Combine water and lemon juice in a small bowl. With the machine running, add the lemon juice mixture through the feed tube and process until a sauce forms. Use immediately or cover and store in refrigerator. Sauce will thicken when chilled; if necessary, remove from refrigerator to warm slightly and whisk before using.
  • 7Scoop two heaping tablespoons per falafel and gently form into a slightly flattened ball. Arrange falafels evenly on the airfry basket.
  • 8Select AIRFRY/450°F/SUPER CONVECTION/15 minutes and press START to preheat oven.
  • 9Cook in rack position 4 until lightly browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  • 10Serve immediately with spicy feta sauce.