These are chickpea-veggie monsters with green bean legs, celery mouths, and chickpea eyes (with ketchup centers). Their mouths are smiling, but you can make mean monsters by flipping the celery slices upside down for a mean frown (see Mr. Cranky Pants on the bottom-left).
The recipe is great for improvising with whatever veggies you have lurking in the fridge. I didn’t measure any of the spices so you’re gonna have to wing it!
|Halloweegan One-Eyed Veggie Monsters
1 cup of spinach, chopped
Legs, eyes, and mouths:
1- Sauté the spinach, onion, celery and bell pepper in a little bit of olive oil.
2- In a food processor, combine the sautéed vegetables, carrots, and water and process until fairly smooth. At this point, it will look like alien’s vomit. Hey, this is Halloweegan after all! :)
3- Add the chickpeas and process until there are no big chickpea chunks left. You don’t want to make it so smooth as to make green hummus though. Remember to save a few whole chickpeas for the eyes!
4- Add salt and whatever spices you heart desires! I used adobo, paprika, cayenne pepper, and fresh parsley. Then add the breadcrumbs and pulse a few times until everything is evenly mixed.
5- Form ping-pong sized balls with the chickpea mix (it seems like I am always making balls). If the “dough” is too soft and unmanageable, add more breadcrumbs. If it’s too crumbly and the balls fall apart, add more water or broth.
6- Insert two green been pieces into each ball, these will be your monster legs! Frozen green beans are hard and easy to insert into the dough. Fresh will work too, but they might not soften enough while cooking, which might not be too kid friendly.
7- Insert a thick slice of celery as the mouth and a whole chickpea as the eye. Really press them in there!
8- Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and pan-fry the little monsters over medium-low heat. Flip them over on each side to cook them thoroughly. Cook each side for at 2-3 minutes.
9- Remove from heat and use a toothpick heavily dipped in ketchup to “tap” the red drop in the middle of each chickpea. Serve with couscous, rice, or quinoa with your favorite sauce!
This made a lot of little monsters, not sure how many, about 20 maybe. I also made some “normal” ones that are just shaped like nuggets. No eyes or mouths or little green bean legs. Boring, but easier and quicker for a non-halloween occasion! :)
That’ll do it! There might be some spooky black cat goodies tomorrow! Thank you so much for all your sweet comments!! :)
EDIT: I’m not sure about baking time and temperature. If you choose to bake them, and you’ve baked falafel before, then bake them like you would bake falafel. My guess would be at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for 10 more minutes, but that’s just a guess because I pan fried these! Hope this helps! :)