Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chickpea Cakes stuffed with Chorizo and Goat Cheese

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My daughter was at preschool and the boy was down for his nap...

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There was a pile of laundry to do upstairs and a house that needed dusting...

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There were phone calls to return and bills that needed to be paid...

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There was a treadmill sitting idle in the basement...

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But with leftover chorizo sitting in the fridge and cans of chickpeas too plentiful to count...

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I was overcome with a sense of urgency... so the responsible adult that I am...here's what I did...

because...isn't productivity all relative?

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Chickpea Cakes stuffed with Chorizo and Goat Cheese
yields about 22, 2 inch cakes

Ingredients:
2 cans Chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1 heaping tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup goat cheese
1/3 cup cilantro
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup flour
2 links chorizo, sliced in 1/4 inch pieces, cooked thru and blotted dry
Goat cheese for filling
Oil for frying

Dipping Sauce:
Equal parts Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and a prepared red pepper spread or simply chopped roasted red peppers....mix well. A nice contrast to the chorizo and cheese.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Place first 5 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well blended and smooth. Place contents into a large bowl.

Add egg and flour and mix well with spoon.

Form the mixture into round disks. With your finger or kitchen tool, place a divot in the center of the disk, place some goat cheese and one piece of cooked chorizo in the center. Form the chickpea mixture around the opening and close up to form the cake.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan until hot. Brown cakes on both sides about 2-3 minutes per side.

Transfer cakes to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 5-8 minutes to warm throughout.

Serve with yogurt dipping sauce (see above).
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20 comments:

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

You're killing me here! Goat cheese chickpea falafel piece of heaven with chorizo in it?? All I can say is shut up! And pass the deliciousness over here :)

snacktive said...

Oh yum! Those look like they have a great texture. I think you made the right choice to make them instead of take care of all the other things. Espeically since you had natural light for the photographs; the other stuff can wait til it's dark out..or til tomorrow.

Courtney said...

Alright...listen up! I am going to come visit you, so I can taste all these fabulous treats you make. Mm!

Clint said...

Wow---and to think you did this fabulous creation while burning up the treadmill---perfect.

Design Wine and Dine said...

:) So guess what? I did do the treadmill (after making - but before posting - and then eating) = 3 miles at 6.2 speed and at an incline.

It's the only way I am able to eat and keep the arms looking good in this cute little purple/pink tank top! ;)

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Okay first of all - are you Superwoman??? I mean I haven't even been able to blog or workout lately and I don't even have one child. I got a puppy and thought that was work. I feel both inspired and ashamed and jealous of this damn recipe. What flavors! You go Superwoman!

Gabrielle said...

This is one of my favorites! I just want to reach in a grab a handful.

Edible Art said...

haha your blog entry almost sounded poetic~
oh my gosh those chorizo cakes look delicious !
im very interesting in trying this out ....~~ :D

singh from dominos india said...

I will definitely make this dish. Awesoem

Nuts about food said...

Brilliant! I still have that spicy Italian sausage sitting in my fridge...

Katerina said...

These cakes just spoke to me. You eat them and the chorizo floods your mouth, super!

Joanne said...

Oh making these seems way more productive than doing any of the other things that you mentioned. I mean...here you get a double whammy of productivity - first you use up some ingredients from your fridge/cupboard. And then you get a delicious dinner. Awesome.

Jenn said...

I'm sorry...what did you say? My eyes sort of glazed over and I lost concentration as soon as I saw chorizo and goat cheese... YUM!!!

Pam said...

Fabulous! They sound and look delicious! You always have the best recipes!!!

Jenny @ Savour the Senses said...

These look so good! Oh how I love chorizo... haha I might have to make these soon!

France@beyondthepeel said...

It really is a fab twist on a falafel. Imagine sticking those inside a pita with fresh tomatoes and greens. Yum. A great appy for friends or just for me. Really creative!

Angela said...

I can't think of anything more productive than making a beautiful dish like that. Those look like little bites of heaven!

Velva said...

I can totally relate :) Awesome.

Magic of Spice said...

Productivity is most definitely all relative :) Great recipe and they are so cute!

Anonymous said...

Any tips if you wanted to bake them instead?