Walnut Falafel

An elevation of a classic Oscar party-worthy hors d’oeuvre.




Photo by Leah Lizarondo
 

 

Here’s a Mensa-level question for you:

Super Bowl : commercials
Oscars :        ____________

The red carpet! I hope no one got this wrong. I will, unapologetically, admit that it is the TV event I consider “sacred time.” I want to settle in that living room sofa in a manner that can only invoke “couch potato” with a big bowl of popcorn, a wine glass in close proximity and an aura that gives off a virtual Do Not Disturb sign. I will gladly endure Joan Rivers’ stretched countenance.

IT’S MOMMY’S TIME, CHILDREN.



 

Better yet, I love going to Oscar parties with kindred spirits, where we revel in each other’s company and understand the compulsion for Fashion Week front-row commentary more passionate than any Monday-morning quarterback could muster. The gowns! The heels! The makeup! The jewelry! All the politically incorrect princess programming that I was subjected to as a child will come to the fore. And I won’t repress it. I will do some high-level math the next day to make up for it.

Ah, delicious Oscars weekend. I cannot wait!

With that little soliloquy for Oscar fashion out of the way, I want to share the perfect elegant hors d’oeuvre to bring to your party (or solo couch-potato fiesta). It’s an ingenious update on falafel from Kris Carr and Chad Sarno’s cookbook, “Crazy Sexy Kitchen” — one of my favorite cookbooks of late.

The “dough” contains nuts and herbs instead of flour or wheat. This falafel is baked in a low-heat oven so it does not contain the oily mess of run-of-the-mill options. The garlicky tahini sauce is the perfect accompaniment. For a nice touch, serve each falafel on a spear of endive with a dollop of the sauce — or, for a more substantial meal, on a bed of crisp romaine.

This elevation of a classic is nothing less than Oscar-worthy.



 

  Walnut Falafel

Yield: Makes 25 small falafels or about 18 medium ones
 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked overnight
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • ¾ cup sesame seeds, ground
  • ½ cup minced parsley
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • 3 T minced fresh oregano
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • ½ T cumin powder
  • ½ t black pepper
  • 1 t sea salt

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 250º F.

2. Strain the nuts.

3. In a food processor, puree the nuts and dates.

4. In a mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients and mix the nut puree by hand (I literally used my hands).

5. When thoroughly mixed, use a small ice cream scoop to form a ball and press with the bottom of a glass to form a patty.

6. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes. Do not overbake or it will become too dry. Err on the side of a shorter baking time.

7. Serve with garlic tahini dressing.



 

  Garlic Tahini Dressing

Yield: Makes 2 ½ cups
 

In a high-speed blender, blend the following until smooth:

  • ¾ cup tahini
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1 T toasted sesame oil
  • 2 ½ T tamari


Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Brazen Kitchen:

Have Your Beer ... and Eat It, Too

Have Your Beer ... and Eat It, Too

Learn how to make beer battered onion rings and The Drunken Sandwich to commemorate the first Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week.
Must Try: Love Soup

Must Try: Love Soup

Here's a recipe for a classic soup, updated with a modern twist for Valentine’s Day.
Easy-Breezy Summer Rolls With Peanut Sauce

Easy-Breezy Summer Rolls With Peanut Sauce

A no-cook, full-flavor recipe to celebrate the season’s green bounty.
Watch Butterjoint’s Will Groves Make Artisanal Cocktails With a GoPro

Watch Butterjoint’s Will Groves Make Artisanal Cocktails With a GoPro

Who says produce can’t be fun? Butterjoint’s bar manager shows us some fresh cocktail tricks.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh

Best Doctors in Pittsburgh

Our exclusive list of the region's 584 leading physicians across 76 specialities.
Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors

Endless Challenges: 48 Remarkable Hours with 8 Pittsburgh Doctors

Follow eight physicians over two days as they perform surgeries, consult on end-of-life care, treat accident victims, discuss hospital programs –– and then reset and do it all over again.
The Commoner — Too Much of a Good Thing?

The Commoner — Too Much of a Good Thing?

Chef Dennis Marron designs a menu of modern-American fare at The Commoner in the downstairs space of Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh.
What Inspires Ray Gastil's Careful Plan for Pittsburgh's Future

What Inspires Ray Gastil's Careful Plan for Pittsburgh's Future

How will the city’s new planning director stoke Pittsburgh’s next generation of developments?
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Everything That's Awesome About Pittsburgh Today
Date Night: Learning to be a Better Butcher

Date Night: Learning to be a Better Butcher

Forget dinner and movie — here are 5 ideas for a fun, non-traditional evening out in the ’Burgh.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
The 'Burghy Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015

The 'Burghy Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015

Plan ahead with this list of 10 locally made must-haves for Mom.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Into the Wild: How to Be a Good Forager

Into the Wild: How to Be a Good Forager

Before picking and consuming foraged items, read up on the basic rules.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best Locally Owned Clothing Stores That Sell Locally Made Wares

Best Locally Owned Clothing Stores That Sell Locally Made Wares

Independent boutiques and local designers abound in the 'Burgh. We bring you five of the best.

Comments


Bar Exam: How to Tell A Good Hotel Bar from a Bad One

Bar Exam: How to Tell A Good Hotel Bar from a Bad One

The recently renovated bar and restaurant inside the Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square is doing everything right.

Comments


Make This Now: Fudgy, Rich Chocolate Velvet Cake

Make This Now: Fudgy, Rich Chocolate Velvet Cake

Whip up this chocolate cake (with a secret ingredient!) to celebrate spring.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
#GottaHaveIt: Chic Wallets Made of Vintage Turkish Rugs

#GottaHaveIt: Chic Wallets Made of Vintage Turkish Rugs

Give your wardrobe a touch of international glam with an Artemis Design Co. wallet made from Turkish Kilim rugs.

Comments


This week's buzz from the PM editors
Phipps Premieres Its Tropical Forest Congo Exhibit

Phipps Premieres Its Tropical Forest Congo Exhibit

See colorful, rare specimens at this East End institution.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Real Pittsburgh Couples Share Stories Behind Their First Dances

Real Pittsburgh Couples Share Stories Behind Their First Dances

For their wedding-day dances, these 10 couples chose songs ranging from highlights of the queen of pop’s repertoire to British-Invasion classics.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
Tour: Admire Downtown's Striking Architecture on May 1

Tour: Admire Downtown's Striking Architecture on May 1

Join the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation next Friday for an hourlong walk focused on downtown's most beautiful structures.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
It's Spring Carnival Time at CMU

It's Spring Carnival Time at CMU

Carnegie Mellon's popular event, running Thursday through Saturday, combines buggies, bots, booths and more.

Comments


Thinking outside the box (score)
Everyone Expects the Penguins to Lose. Perfect.

Everyone Expects the Penguins to Lose. Perfect.

Maybe this is exactly what the team needs –– to win.

Comments


Award-winning sports commentary by Sean Conboy
R.I.P. Corporate Penguins, 2009-2014

R.I.P. Corporate Penguins, 2009-2014

Fire Bylsma? Fire Shero? The Penguins' problems run deeper.

Comments

Edit Module