Veggie "Falafel" Plate

This is a fun, hearty way to enjoy your veggie burgers. With a bit more elbow grease (and actual grease), cooking your favorite variety of Made by Lukas veggie burger mix in the falafel style of deep frying is insanely good. Served over a generous smear of warm, freshly made hummus, and with a side of soft pitas or other flat breads, you've got a downright decadent dish, suitable for a dinner party. 

Serves 4 to 6

1 package Made by Lukas veggie burgers (any flavor)
Organic or non-GMO canola or other frying oil
About 2 cups freshly made hummus (see note below)
Big handful fresh herbs, such as parsley, chives, oregano, mint, or basil
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, lightly crushed
2 teaspoons toasted cumin seeds, lightly crushed
Good olive oil, for drizzling

1. Using a tablespoon or a small ice cream/cookie dough scoop, form the veggie burger mix into balls about 1- or 1-1/2 inches in diameter.

2. Set a cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet, which is where you'll place the cooked falafel.

3. Pour an inch of frying oil into a Fry Daddy or medium sized sauce pan, and heat to 350 degrees . When hot, add the veggie balls very gently into the oil, 3 or 4 at a time. Cook for about 90 seconds, until darkly browned all over, gently turning them as necessary. Transfer to the cooling rack to drain, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. 

4. To serve, spoon the hummus onto a large serving platter or 4 or 5 individual serving plates, smearing it to cover most of the surface. Arrange the "falafel" on top, and garnish with the herbs and toasted seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. This dish is best when the hummus is freshly made and still warm, but it can be served room temperature as well.  

Note: Two favorite of my recipes for hummus are Israeli-Style Hummus from Zahav and Red Lentil Hummus from Near & Far

Posted on October 25, 2015 .