Ah, the bitter sweet last weeks of summer. September has come again and the crisp chill of fall is in the night air. For those of us still holding on to warm sunny days and the taste of charred vegetable grillers, here are some flavors to keep us on cloud Nantucket. This middle eastern/Mediterranean mix inspired dinner brings the tangy flavor of traditional falafel rounds, pungent homemade tzatziki, and light, flaky, buttery fish together for a figure friendly dish. A side of simple grilled eggplant and this dinner will take you on an end of summer tasty trip around the globe. Here’s my Falafel and last days of summer Grilled Buttery Fish.
2 cans of chick peas, drained and rinsed
3 TBS mayonaise
1 TBS cumin
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
Pinch of salt and pepper
In a food processor (or blender in my case since my food processor is way too small!) pulse together the chick peas, mayonnaise, cumin and garlic together.
Add in the remaining ingredients and blend until combined but not completely smooth.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of EVOO. Carefully place the falafel into the oil. Cook for 5 minutes turning once. (*Note: The perfect falafel in my final plate was picked carefully! In reality it didn’t go as planned but that happens in an at home kitchen sometimes! In hind sight a high-heat, quick cooked falafel would have been the best, and least mushy as most of mine came out! They were still tasty but not so pretty…so that’s my tip for you!)
1 lb light, white fish (such as cod)
2-3 TBS butter
1 TBS herbes de provence
A pinch of salt and pepper
Place the fish, butter, and spices in a piece of foil.
Grill over 400-500 degrees for about 15 minutes.
To garnish, top with my easy tzatziki and served with grilled eggplant (toss in EVOO, salt, and pepper and grill for 6 minutes on each side). I absolutely love the taste of dill and greek yogurt is such a versatile ingredient, I always have some in the fridge!
These treats are a tasty way to travel before the fall rolls in and snow starts blanketing the North east. In these last few days of sweet summer, take a night to sit back relax, and bid farewell until next year with this fun dish!
Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian