Serves 4 to 6.
There’s a bit of work with this recipe, but it’s well worth it. “Falagers” is the nickname we gave to falafels made from legumes soaked in lager beer before cooking. Making them from scratch is a bit of a give-and-take game. Too wet, add flour. Too dry, they’ll need an egg white. It’s all about a feeling and making sure the mixture holds together while still staying moist. Once baked, there’s plenty more yum when served with a smoky garlic tomato beer sauce.
With the lentil falafel seasonings and the smoked overtones in the sauce, serve with a crisp blonde craft lager laced with a little malt and a hint of hops.
In large bowl, place lentils, beer, and 2 cups (500 mL) water. Stir together. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 F). Slice just enough top off garlic head to expose cloves. Place in loosely fitted bed of foil. Drizzle with 1 tsp (5 mL) avocado oil and a bit of water. Bake in oven until cloves are soft when pressed, about 40 minutes. Remove and cool. Place roasted garlic in small bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
Once lentils have fully soaked, drain and place in large saucepan along with 3 cups (750 mL) fresh water. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat to medium-low and, with lid ajar, simmer for 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain well and set aside to cool.
Once cooled, place lentils in food processor along with onion, cilantro, flour, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Pop roasted garlic cloves from their skins and add. Pulse until a coarse meal forms, occasionally scraping down sides of food processor with spatula. Texture should be like a firm, slightly chunky cookie dough. Do not overprocess to a smooth paste.
Transfer mixture to large bowl. Cover bowl with wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours to slightly firm.
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). With damp palms, shape mixture into 2 in (5 cm) balls and slightly flatten into patties. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer.
If mixture is too loose, return to bowl and stir in a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time, just until it will hold together. Be careful, as too much flour will make them dense. Lightly brush patties with remaining 1 tsp (5 mL) avocado oil.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes per side or until golden. Serve with Smoky Tomato Sauce. Delicious as sliders with arugula and sliced avocados, it can be served as an appetizer or a main course.
This recipe is part of the Brewed Flavours collection.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.