Falafel Balls With Spinach & Cream Cheese Recipe: These Healthy Falafel Ball Snacks Are Serious Eats by Gwen Johnson

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4 months ago
Falafel Balls With Spinach & Cream Cheese Recipe: These Healthy Falafel Ball Snacks Are Serious Eats

This easy falafel ball appetizer recipe has minimal ingredients and features fresh baby spinach with a dab of cream cheese. It's an easy, delicious appetizer or snack that you can feel good about. For vegans, simply use vegan cream cheese.

Cuisine: Middle Eastern/American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes


  • 1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons flour
  • oil, for cooking
  • cream cheese, herb cream cheese or vegan cream cheese
  • baby spinach leaves

Here's how to make it:

  1. Put the chickpeas, parsley, shallot, garlic and cumin in a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined but still a bit chunky. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it forms a dough. (You may not need all of the flour.) Add more salt and pepper and cumin, if needed. Refrigerate the dough about an hour. 
  3. Roll the dough into balls. 
  4. Heat the oil in a skillet. Cook the falafel until browned on all sides and heated through, about 6 minutes. Remove and cool slightly.
  5. To assemble the appetizer, spread some cream cheese on a baby spinach leaf. Top with a falafel ball and then another spinach leaf. Secure with a toothpick. 

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Donna John
What a creative idea!! I love this. Gwen Johnson
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Yum! I love falafel, and this is a wonderful way to make them even better. Thanks for the delicious recipe!
This sounds seriously delicious.

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