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Jan 31, 2007 03:58 AM

dry felafel mix's???

Any recomendations to what brands if any..... as well as can I bake felafel and get good results????Thanks

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  1. I use Fantastic Foods and bake them, after brushing lightly with oil. It's good--nothing like the real thing that's fried but a good healthy alternative.

    1. I used to use Near East when I could find it. They had a very good meatloaf recipe on the back of the box using the felafel mix. A different flavor, for sure, but I love chickpeas in any form. I use Fantastic Foods now also. If you add enough tahini to the sandwich you won't notice the baked part quite so much.

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      1. re: rockycat

        Rockycat, if you are reading this and have time, would you please post the meatloaf/falafel recipe here or on another thread in home cooking? I am fascinated, but cannot get Near East in my market. Thank you!

        1. re: thegolferbitch

          SInce we've got a snow day today and I'll probably only be working a half day today I'll try to get it posted this afternoon (yes, I'm obviously reading and writing this at work).

          1. re: rockycat

            Awesome...when you have a chance, no rush. Thank you!

              1. re: thegolferbitch

                Here goes:
                Falafel Meatloaf

                1 6-oz. pkg falafel mix
                2 eggs, slightly beaten
                1/2 c. water
                1/2 c. tomato sauce (I usually use spaghetti sauce for extra seasoning)
                1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef

                Preheat oven to 350. Combine falafel mix, eggs, water and tomato sauce. Let stand 5 min. Add ground beef, mix well.

                Press into 9 x 5 loaf pan. Bake 1 hour 10 min. Let stand 5 min. before serving.

                This recipe can sometimes turn out a little dry so you might want to watch the fat content of you meat. You can also dress it up the way you would any other meatloaf. Also, if you have concerns about excess sodium or fat this may not be the dish for you. Tastes good though, :-)

                1. re: rockycat

                  NICE! Thanks rockycat...this might be a new classic in my house. I am always looking for new things to do with ground beef/meatloaf. I'll try it this weekend.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    I substitute the tomato sauce with artichoke and spinach hummus dip. For some reason it makes the meatloaf come out moist and not dry. Also I mix the ingredients differently. I combine the falafel with the water and let it stand 5 minutes. then I add the ground beef and the eggs. I mix it together then add the hummus and other seasonings last.

          2. I also use Fantastic Foods. I use Near East too but for some reason my stores don't stock it as much. I'll buy whichever is around - I have no preference.

            I haven't tried baking them yet, I keep meaning to - I just prefer the fried method and since I don't cook them often, I figure what the heck. With all the tahini I'm putting on them, a bit of oil isn't making or breaking the bank calorie-wise.

            1. this is fresh from fantastic foods' website: YEAST EXTRACT. thats right in their ingredient list for their falafel mix just so u know. YEAST EXTRACT is MSG in another form. be wary is all im saying.
              on the whole to fry or not fry thing, tho - the fried version is just so much better tasting i would recommend it whole-heartedly. also, eating fat (which is what you will be doing when frying it) does NOTNOTNOT make you fat. americans are totally misinformed with this. the whole world eats fats, plenty of fats. not just the french either. the issue with americans being obese etc is our taking in too many carbohydrates in general (and more specifically, refined carbs but anyhow...). FRY AWAY!

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              1. re: ben61820

                I do agree with your point about fat. It's the types of fats you eat in most cases; i.e. trans fats that get you in trouble. Also, the amount of fat in relation to the amount you are eating. Choosing good fats should not get a person in "trouble", if not done to excess. I fry my felafels in olive oil and I'm sure, very little of the oil is actually getting into them - plus it makes them taste good too. Choosing good carbs too - carbs aren't an enemy but can be if you make your meals out of white breads day in and day out.

                Interesting about the yeast extract - thanks for the info. I didn't realize it was MSG's other form, and I do try and avoid this type of ingredient. I wonder if Near East has it too? I'll have to check next time I buy it.

                1. re: sivyaleah

                  well, on Near East's site they explicitly state that "none of our products contain MSG." However, you can say something contains no MSG and still have yeast extract in there, just like Fantastic Foods does. Lots of vegan and veg products do exactly this. remember that all the following things contain the glutamates that make MSG so bad for us: yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, autolyzed vegetable protein. im not an idiot, i realize that once in a while these things are not going to kill us, but its good to realize what youre consuming is all. knowing is half the battle:)

                  1. re: ben61820

                    I always thought yeast extract was good for you! Ack! I was brought up on Marmite on toast, and was always told it's rich in iron and vitamins...and eat it up, because it's good for you. Was this wrong? Or is that a different form of yeast?

                    1. re: ballulah

                      totally different stuff. but, that being said, i do not know what the nutritional benefits (supposed or not) of marmalite/vegemite actually are. i'd be wary, especially given the story of how they were formulated...

              2. I used a store bought brand once dont remember the name and i baked it. Almost broke a tooth on it it came out so hard. They ended up making great hockey pucks. How can you avoid this dilemma?