Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chickpea-Harissa Cakes with Lemon-Dill Dip

I'm not usually a creative cook -- I read cookbooks, I follow recipes.  But, on occasion, I can find inspiration by looking through my fridge and cupboards. Today, I challenged myself to use up a bunch of stuff in preparation for our move. Here is the result. Recipes included!

Spicy Chickpea-Harissa Cakes - sort of like baked falafels, but with the spicy chili flavor of harissa. These are soooo good.

I served the cakes with a Lemon-Dill Dip. This would also be a good dip for potato chips or carrot sticks.

Spicy Chickpea-Harissa Cakes (makes 10)
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 small white onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. harissa
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. olive oil for brushing

Preheat oven to 400F. Combine chickpeas, onion, harissa, flour, lemon juice, garlic and salt in your food processor bowl. Mix until it has a smooth consistency like a thick hummus, scraping down the sides as needed. Form into small patties and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten each patty slightly with your spatula. Lightly brush each patty with olive oil.

Bake for 20 minutes at 400F. Flip patties and brush with olive oil. Bake 10 minutes and remove from oven. Serve with Lemon-Dill Dip.

Lemon-Dill Dip
1 12-oz. block silken tofu
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/2 tsp.salt
Combine all ingredients in food processor. Thin with soymilk if desired.

I also made Horseradish Potato Pancakes -- my first go at making potato pancakes. I'm not ready to share my recipe on this one, since my mixture was on the gummy side. I'll work on it. Potatoes love horseradish. So do I!

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  1. PLEASE post the Horseradish Potato Pancake recipe. I love Horseradish! Thanks for the tip on Vegan Cuts. I'll check it out.

  2. It all looks good- I bet my hubby would love these!
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  3. These look great! Anything spicy is good, IMO. :)

    Thanks so much for linking to both of my blogs. I really appreciate it!

  4. What an excellent idea! I've got to try these. Thanks.

  5. Thanks for posting the chickpea-harissa patties! I just bought a bag of chickpeas, and have harissa in the fridg, needing to be used up. Plus I love falafel.