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Welcome to our awesome veggie cooking feature brought to you by the very cool Mike Huddart. Each month he’ll be showing you that vegetarian cooking is anything but boring with his delicious and easy-to-make recipes. Bon appetite!
By Mike Huddart
With summer rolling in, here’s a recipe that your friends won’t be able to take their mince pies off at the picnic. Nuff said’…
Spicy Falafel Scotch Eggs
1 tin of chickpeas (400g – 230g when drained)
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
6tbsp chopped parsley
Half tsp chilli powder
2 heaped tbsp of plain flour
To start off you need to cook your eggs. Place them into a pan of simmering water and leave for around 5 minutes. You want them to be between a soft boiled egg and hard boiled as they are going to be cooked a little more later on.
After 5 minutes is up fill the egg pan with cold water, crack the shell with the back of a spoon (this makes it easier to peel the shell off later) and leave to cool.
Whilst the eggs are cooling down you can start preparing the falafel.
Drain the tin of chickpeas and using a food processor/blender, pulse until they are lightly broken up. Now add all the left over ingredients and pulse until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs.
Once the eggs have cooled down, peel the shell and dab them dry with a tea towel or kitchen roll.
Now gently pat the falafel mixture into a ball around the egg no thicker than 1cm or it takes too long to cook. I like to roll it in fine breadcrumbs to add a crunchy texture and give them the authentic scotch egg look.
Place the falafel scotch eggs in the fridge to chill for around 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 6. Drizzle a little oil over the scotch eggs and cook in the oven for around 20 minutes (or until crisp and golden brown), turning once.
If you’re not ready to ditch meat completely from your diet then a good first step is incorporating Meat Free Mondays into your life! It really is a fantastic way to slim down that waistline too (healthy vegetarian meals tend to have a lower calorific content than meat alternatives). You can also save some money too as meat meals are on average more expensive than the veggie version. Check out loads more meat-free recipes now…
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