Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chickpea Croquettes w. Greek Salad Topping



I'm about to spill my guts.

There have been subtle signs over the past year - these Sweet Potato Latkes, the Jamaican Vegetable Patties w. Peach Salsa, and of course, the Cauliflower & Cumin Fritters w. Lime Yogurt.

Well, here it is, I think little crispy patties (cakes, fritters, croquettes...whatever) are top-notch, my fave. Really, the best thing since sliced bread. It's not like I just confessed to loving ketchup on chocolate cake, this obsession is pretty understandable. I mean, doesn't everyone love a small savory cake with some fresh, colorful topping?


Here is my latest patty and it is darn good.

Chickpea Croquettes w. Greek Salad Topping
Serves 4, Vegan, Gluten-Free
from Vegetarian Times, October 2009

Topping:
1 cucumber, quartered and sliced (1 cup)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 green onions, chopped
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Croquettes:
1 cup chickpea flour
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 15 oz. can chickpeas
4 green onions, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced

1. To make topping: Toss together cucumber, tomatoes, green onions, lemon juice, and oil in bowl. Gently stir in feta crumbles. Season with salt & pepper, set aside.

2. To make Croquettes: Whisk together chickpea flour, cumin, chili powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk in 3/4 cup hot water (add more water if needed, I added about 1 cup). Stir in remaining ingredients and, with the back of a fork, squish the chickpea slightly. Season with salt & pepper.

3. Heat skillet over medium heat - coat the bottom with a light oil (I used sunflower oil because that's what I had). Scoop 1/4 cup dollops of chickpea mixture into skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 3-4 minutes, or until golden. Flip with spatula and cook 3-4 minutes more. Repeat with remaining chickpea mixture (the cooked croquettes can sit on a baking sheet in a 200 F oven). Serve each Croquette topped with 1/4 cup Topping.

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11 comments:

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  2. Ooo! I made these, too, and the whole family loved them!

    I've been pleasantly surprised by VT lately. I'd stopped reading it a couple of years ago because it always seems like the same old stuff. I picked up an issue in July of this year, and again in August, and September . . . and after the October issue (with this recipe), I subscribed! These croquettes are really yummy!

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  3. Oh my, these look good. And they're gluten-free. I know what I'm making for dinner tonight. Thanks for posting :)

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  4. Monica - Great minds think alike! I'm glad you enjoyed the croquettes as much as I did, such a simple recipe!

    Ceilithe - I was surprised to find a reliable croquette recipe that was both GF and Vegan...this is it! Enjoy them tonight!

    -Sarah

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  5. U have some fantastic recipes... please let me know if I can subscribe to your recipes as an e-mail post...? I tried, but it only seems there is an RSS feed possible... could you guide me on how to get this into my inbox... I already intend to try out your blueberry scones...
    Many thanks for the wonderful work & best wishes for all your new experiements!

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  6. Good Morning,
    Yes we'd love to send you our recipes directly to your inbox! Simply email us at TwoBlueLemons@gmail.com and we'll add you to the list. Thanks for finding us and enjoy!!
    Sarah

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  7. I don't nee to have these gluten free - do you think I can try them with regular flour- or whole wheat flour?

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  8. Yes you can! As chickpea flour is very fine, I'd add a little less than a cup of white or whole wheat flour then gradually add more if needed - you don't want the batter to be too thick.
    Good luck!

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  9. Yes you can! As chickpea flour is very fine, I'd add a little less than a cup of white or whole wheat flour then gradually add more if needed - you don't want the batter to be too thick.
    Good luck!

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  10. I just made this recipe and it is FANTASTIC! Thank you so much for this great website. I check it daily. :-)

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  11. Delicious! I made these with regular flour, same amount and they turned out perfect.

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