Falafel Charcuterie Board

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Falafel are fried balls (or patties!) of veggie goodness. This board features falafel, of course, as well as pita, feta, hummus, and more delicious Mediterranean staples. Serve it as a snack, an app, or, heck, even dinner! It’s wholesome, hearty, and always hits the spot. 

For more Mediterranean-inspired ideas, try my Mezze Board, Crudite Board, Italian Antipasto Platter, and Caprese Skewers. Plus, you can explore all my international cheese and charcuterie boards here!

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What Is Falafel

Falafel are deep-fried balls (or patties!) usually with chickpeas and a host of aromatic herbs and spices. They are naturally vegan, high in fiber, a great source of protein, and absolutely delicious. Traditionally, falafel is also gluten-free–that said, a lot of recipes and pre-made mixes use flour as a binder, so be sure to double-check! The good news is that if you make falafel at home, making them gf is a breeze.

There is some debate about where exactly falafel originated–most agree it was Egypt, though they traditionally use fava beans as the base. Nowadays you’ll find falafel prominently featured in many cuisines and favorite dishes throughout the Middle East.

Falafel Board Recipe

Protein & Dairy

  • Falafel, store-bought or homemade, cooked
  • Feta, cubed

Carbs

  • Pita, cut into triangles
  • Tabbouleh

Dips

  • Hummus
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Tzatziki, topped with chopped cucumbers

Produce

  • Cucumber, sliced
  • Radishes, halved
  • Yellow cherry tomatoes (preferably on the vine)
  • Peppadews
  • Sweety drop peppers
  • Lemon wedges

Accouterments

  • Mixed olives
  • Pickled red onions
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Where To Buy Falafel 

If you want to whip this board up quickly (or with less of a mess), you can always buy falafel premade from your local store. Some hot bars might have them fresh, but you can always count on your freezer section to have them frozen. Some of my favorite brands:

How To Make Falafel

Falafel is actually quite simple to make! You can even find store-bought falafel mixes for a just-add-water approach that makes it even easier. If you’re going the homemade route, try one of these options:

How to Make a Falafel Charcuterie Board

  • Chop a few of the cucumber slices. 
  • Place the tzatziki, tabbouleh, sweety drops, and hot chile peppers in separate ramekins or small bowls. Arrange them in the center of the platter. Top the tzatziki with the chopped cucumber.
  • Add the pita around opposite edges of the platter. Arrange the sliced cucumber and tomatoes around one of the ramekins. Add the falafel toward the center of the board. 
  • Around the remaining edges of the board, add the hummus, olives, feta, peppadews, radishes, and lemon wedges in separate sections. Create a well in the center of the hummus and drizzle with olive oil. Fill in any holes with pickled onion.
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What to Serve with Falafel

To Eat

  • Salad (like Greek!)
  • Couscous
  • Babaganoush
  • Labneh
  • Kabobs (meat and/or veggie)
  • French fries
  • Pita or lavash (less traditional: naan, lettuce wraps, gluten-free wraps)

To Drink

  • Mint tea (hot or iced)
  • Fruity white wine (like Grenache Blanc or Viognier)
  • Saison beer
  • Sparkling or still water with citrus
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale

(Check out more Middle Eastern food wine pairings!)

Make a Falafel Sandwich, Wrap, or Bowl

In Egypt, falafel is typically served in sandwich form with tahini, Middle Eastern salad, and roasted or fried eggplant slices. Really, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a falafel sandwich. A lot of people will use it as a vegetarian replacement for a gyro or shawarma pita. 

If you want guests to have a sandwich option with this board, serve some whole pitas on the side. You can also add some classic toppings, like:

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh dill
  • Grilled eggplant 
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cabbage slaw 
  • Pickled veggies of your choice
  • Spicy pickle slices
  • Any of the sauces below!
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Falafel Sauces

  • Tahini: a creamy paste made from sesame seeds
  • Hummus: a chickpea-based dip/spread made with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. 
  • Tzatziki: a creamy, yogurt-based dip mixed with cucumber, garlic, and fresh herbs like dill.
  • Zhug: an herby hot sauce made with parsley and cilantro (similar to Latin America’s chimichurri)
  • Amba: a pickled mango puree
  • Garlic sauce (or white sauce): a drizzlable cream-based sauce made with garlic
  • Harissa: A spicy North African chile sauce with a smoky flavor

Show Me Your Falafel Boards

I hope this post inspires you to make this falafel recipe. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the beautiful snacks and spreads you create from my tips. If you make something inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttooproudtomeg so I can see and share! 

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Falafel Party Platter

Description

This falafel recipe is perfect for vegetarians & great for a crowd Discover how to create a stunning falafel charcuterie board perfect for any party.

Ingredients
  

Protein & Dairy

  • Falafel store-bought or homemade, cooked
  • Feta cubed

Carbs

  • Pita cut into triangles
  • Tabbouleh

Dips

  • Hummus
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Tzatziki topped with chopped cucumbers

Produce

  • Cucumber sliced
  • Radishes halved
  • Yellow cherry tomatoes (preferably on the vine)
  • Peppadews
  • Sweety drop peppers
  • Lemon wedges

Accoutrements

  • Mixed olives
  • Hot chili peppers
  • Pickled red onions

Instructions

  • Chop a few of the cucumber slices.
  • Place the tzatziki, tabbouleh, sweety drops, and hot chile peppers in separate ramekins or small bowls. Arrange them in the center of the platter. Top the tzatziki with the chopped cucumber.
  • Add the pita around opposite edges of the platter. Arrange the sliced cucumber and tomatoes around one of the ramekins. Add the falafel toward the center of the board.
  • Around the remaining edges of the board, add the hummus, olives, feta, peppadews, radishes, and lemon wedges in separate sections. Create a well in the center of the hummus and drizzle with olive oil. Fill in any holes with pickled onion.
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