Monday, March 19, 2012

No More 'Mallows' Blogger Recipe Contest: Falafel Burger with Citrus Sweet Potato Hummus

Falafel Burger with Citrus Sweet Potato Hummus

I am a proud and loyal participant of "Meatless Mondays" and a falafel dish is usually one of my go-to's on our Mondays. With inspiration from this No More 'Mallows' Blogger Recipe Contest I created an citrus sweet potato hummus. Also for the first time I shaped my falafel mix into patties using a cookie cutter and froze them before cooking. This recipe will be one my family enjoys for many Mondays to come!

Serves: 6
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

1 (10 oz.) box falafel mix
1 c. water
3 avocados, halved, pitted and sliced
12 slices tomato
36 slices English cucumber
3 c. alfalfa sprouts
6 c. herb salad mix
12 slices of whole grain bread, or other hearty bread, slightly toasted

Orange Sweet Potato Hummus
1 (15.5 oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 c. sweet potato puree
2 medium oranges, juiced and zested
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. tahini
1/4 c. olive oil, plus more for cooking patties

Prepare falafel as directed on box, or combine falafel mix and water in a medium bowl and let sit for 15 minutes. For patties line a baking sheet with wax paper then break falafel mix down into six even portions. Press portions into a round cookie cutter on the sheet and mold into patties, cover and freeze overnight or until solid.  
In the meantime make the citrus sweet potato hummus by combining the garbanzo beans, sweet potato puree, orange juice and zest, garlic and tahini in a blender. While slowly drizzling in olive oil pulse until a smooth consistancy is achieved.
To cook falafel patties heat enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add patties. Cook until golden crisp about 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towl.
Assemble burger by smearing about 1/3 cup of citrus sweet potato hummus onto bottom slice of bread, then place on falafel patty, top with 1 cup of salad mix, 1/2 cup of alfalfa sprouts, 6 slices of cucumber, 2 slices of tomato, a half of an avocado and other slice of bread.

* To cook sweet potato peel, cube and boil in water about 20 minutes until tender then mash.

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