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.
These Asian-inspired salmon burgers won’t leave you missing the beef < or > the bun. And keep this fruity and fiery salsa in mind the next time you want to jazz up grilled chicken or taco night. Serrano pepper or chile de arbol would be good swaps for bird’s eye pepper in the salsa. You can even mix some Sriracha sauce into the burgers to further punch up the meal. Skin deep Skinless fish is the only way to go for burgers. A helpful fishmonger will kindly skin fillets for you before purchase. As an alternative to salmon, you can also blend up skinless fillets of arctic char or rainbow trout.
These whimsical weeknight quesadillas offer a great excuse to break out the long-forgotten waffle iron. The smoky, tangy pepper sauce is the perfect sidekick for this dish, but it’s also wonderful when tossed with pasta, stuffed into sandwiches, and slathered on burgers. TIP : When assembling quesadillas, keep fillings centred 1/2 in (1.25 cm) from the edge of the tortilla so they don’t spill over. TIP : Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a versatile pantry staple to add deep smoky heat to sauces, dips, marinades, and soups. No waffle iron? Then make these quesadillas using this skillet method. Place 1 tortilla in skillet, preferably cast iron, and cook over medium heat until dark spots appear and bottom is crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook until crispy and darkened on the other side. Remove tortilla from skillet and replace with another tortilla. Cook until darkened and crispy on one side, flip, and top with stuffing ingredients. Place crispy tortilla on top, press down gently, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.