Who doesn’t love buffalo sauce? But have you ever thought of tossing baked falafel in buffalo sauce and have it covered with blue cheese and served with some homemade naan.
So for anyone following our blog, I’m sure you’ve quickly realized we are obsessed with Half Baked Harvest. Ironically that obsession began with me not even realizing it. It was a little less than three years ago and I had just moved to Maryland to be with Lauren. We were wanting something healthier but different. I went to my old stand-by of scouring Pinterest and happened to fall upon buffalo falafel.
You might be like I was then, thinking “buffalo and falafel?” The more I looked at it the more interesting the recipe sounded. Plus the fact that there were sweet potato fries just put it over the top! Really the kicker was the pictures just made it looked worth the try! So I made them and we loved them! I honestly didn’t even pay attention to where the blog was from. I just knew the recipe was good.
So almost a year later, yes a year I was looking for a cupcake recipe to make for Lauren for our first date anniversary. I wanted to do something more unique than a regular cupcake. I had found an article (I don’t remember where) that had links to about 15 different unique recipes. One was a chocolate bourbon pecan pie cupcake, which is what I chose and again we absolutely loved it. It didn’t even occur to me that it was Half Baked Harvest. I mean it was a year apart.
But then, it was just a couple of weeks later that Lauren requested those buffalo falafel I had made so long ago so I went on Pinterest and realized it was the same blog I had just made those cupcakes from! Needless to say I started to look more closely at her recipes and looked a previous blog posts. I probably pinned a good 25-30 recipes that night and proceeded to make many of them in the next year. Now I check her blog every morning and just bought her first cookbook. To this day we’ve never had a bad recipe of hers, and it all started with these buffalo falafel. One thing that really makes a difference is homemade naan, but I understand if time is a constraint so you can buy from the grocery store no problem.
What Ingredients are in this Baked Falafel Recipe?
- Produce – sweet onion, garlic, cilantro
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Spices – cumin, paprika, salt, black pepper
- Buffalo sauce
- Blue cheese dressing
- Blue cheese
- Naan bread
How to Make Baked Buffalo Falafel
- Place the chickpeas, onion, garlic, olive oil, flour, baking powder and spices in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add cilantro and pulse a few times until combined.
- Scoop out 1-2 tbsp worth of falafel mixture and form into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 425°F for 30 minutes or until the top is crispy and browned.
- Place falafel in warm naan bread and top with buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing.
What is Falafel Made of?
Traditional falafel is made from chickpeas and is seasoned with onions and spices like parsley, garlic, cumin and coriander. The cilantro makes this baked falafel recipe a little more unique.
What If I Don’t Like Blue Cheese?
Then you’re like my wife! But seriously you can use ranch dressing and just some cheddar cheese for topping.
Other Vegetarian Recipes:
- Black Bean Veggie Burgers
- Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- Greek Falafel Naan Sandwich
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Veggie Grain Bowl
- 2 (15.5 ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup buffalo sauce (I use Frank's)
- blue cheese dressing
- blue cheese
- 4 store-bought naan bread, warmed
- Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large food processor, combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, olive oil, flour, baking powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper and puree until smooth. Add the cilantro and pulse a few times until combined.
- Scoop out 1-2 tbsp worth and form into small balls and place on parchment paper on baking sheet. It should make about 15.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. You want the top to be crisp and golden brown. Remove from oven.
- Place falafel in warm naan bread. Add buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing. Wrap up and serve with some fries.