Sweet Potato Falafel Boats

 
  • Sweet Potato Falafel Boats Recipe
  • Sweet potato falafel boats with orange tahini dressing recipe
  • Sweet potato falafel boats with orange tahini dressing recipe
  • Sweet potato falafel boats with orange tahini dressing recipe
  • Sweet potato falafel boats with orange tahini dressing recipe
  • Sweet potato falafel boats with orange tahini dressing recipe
  • 10-30 minutes to prepare
  • 30-60 minutes to cook
  • Make approx. 20 falafel
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

2 medium / 3 small sweet potatoes (approx. 500g)
A little olive oil for the sweet potatoes and to grease the baking tray
2 cloves of garlic
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
1½ teaspoons ground coriander
2 big handfuls of fresh coriander, chopped
Juice of half a lemon
2 tbsp tahini (optional)
A 400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
A sprinkling of sesame seeds to coat (optional)

Orange tahini dressing:

Juice and zest of half an orange
2 tbsp tahini (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 200°C / 180°C fan / Gas Mark. Rub the sweet potatoes in a little olive oil and bake for approx. 30-40 minutes until soft in the centre, then chill in the fridge. This can be done the day before

Step 2

Crush the garlic and chop the coriander, then place into a food processor along with all the other ingredients, except the potatoes

Step 3

Cut the chilled potatoes open and scoop out the soft flesh. Add the flesh to the food processor and pulse to bring together into a soft dough

Step 4

Take large heaped teaspoon of the mixture and form into small falafel balls with your hands. Press the top and bottom of each ball in sesame seeds (if using), then place onto a greased baking tray and bake for approx. 20 minutes at 200°C / 180°C fan / Gas Mark 6, turning over half way through

For orange tahini dressing, simply whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork or whisk

Contains

  • Sesame

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Recipe notes

Serve falafel on an iceberg lettuce leaf 'boat' with a drizzle of orange tahini 'river' dressing and some grated carrot.

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. There are a few varieties available on the market, including organic and 100% sesame with nothing added. If sesame seeds are a problem then the tahini paste can simply be omitted from both the falafels and the dressing, giving more of a sweet vinaigrette.

The sesame seed coating gives a great texture but is not essential. Alternatively you could use breadcrumbs or any finely chopped nuts or seeds if you prefer.

The dressing can't be frozen so that needs to be made separately if you're going to freeze this recipe.

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