Falafel Patty Melt


1/2 cup frozen peas

1-16 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

1 medium carrot, shredded

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 slices dilled Havarti cheese (4 to 6 ounces)

4 flatbreads or pita bread rounds

Romaine leaves (optional)

Sliced tomato (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place peas in 1-quart microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on 100 percent power (high) for 2 minutes. Using a food processor or an immersion blender, puree garbanzo beans, carrot, flour, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the pepper, and salt. Stir in peas. Form mixture into eight patties.

Heat remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until browned and heated through.

Meanwhile, place flatbreads on a baking sheet. Place two slices of cheese atop each flatbread. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Place two patties on each flatbread; fold over. Cut in half and, if desired, serve with romaine and tomato.

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