Felafel Mushroom Loaf


Here’s another recipe I haven’t tried yet, but I love felafel.  I found it on Epicurious.com

I’m also not a vegan but this recipe is!

This hearty meatless loaf combines earthy wild mushrooms with classic falafel spices. A lemony tahini sauce takes the place of gravy and bright pomegranate seeds lend flair.

YIELD
4–6 servings
ACTIVE TIME
50 minutes
TOTAL TIME
2 hours 20 minutes plus cooling

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatloaf:

  • Nonstick vegetable cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 pounds mixed wild mushrooms, trimmed
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

For the Tahini Sauce:

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled (In my case I’ll skip the garlic)
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For Serving:

  • 1 pomegranate, seeds reserved
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped mint
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley

PREPARATION

Make the Meatloaf:
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • Working in batches, pulse mushrooms, onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, and cardamom in a food processor, scraping down sides as needed, until coarsely chopped, 30-45 seconds; transfer to a large bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add half of the mushroom mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until the edges begin to crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to another large bowl; repeat with remaining mushroom mixture.
  • Meanwhile, pulse chickpeas in food processor until coarsely chopped; add to bowl with cooked mushroom mixture. Add egg, chickpea flour, cilantro, parsley, and salt and gently stir to combine, being careful not to mash mixture too much. Spoon mixture into prepared loaf pan and bake until edges are browned and center is completely set, 75–90 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack and let cool 30 minutes, then invert onto a cutting board.

Make the Tahini Sauce:

  • While meatloaf cools, purée garlic, tahini, lemon juice, salt, and 1/2 cup water in food processer until very smooth.

Serve the meatloaf:

  • Slice meatloaf into 2″ pieces and transfer to a platter.
  • Top with Tahini Sauce, pomegranate seeds, mint, and parsley.

Do ahead

  • Loaf can be made 3 days ahead
  • Tahini Sauce can be made 1 day ahead.
  • Keep both chilled.
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