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Caribbean Jerk Spiced Sweet Potato Falafel Gyros (Vegan+GF)

Get adventurous with you taste palate and try these homemade gyros that are anything but traditional!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 servings

Ingredients

Falafels:

  • 1 1/2 cups peeled cooked sweet potato
  • 1 2/3 cup cooked garbanzo beans

-Caribbean Jerk Spices:

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of:
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • curry
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • allspice
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • oil for frying

Toppings:

  • Your favorite bbq sauce optional
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 cup washed iceberg lettuce or napa cabbage I like the crunch from the cabbage
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple diced
  • 4 - 6 large pitas gluten free or vegan if needed (for homemade pitas you can use the ones from THIS RECIPE)

Instructions

Falafels:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the falafel, except the frying oil, in a food processor (a blender will work also if that's all you have) and pulse until combined into a nearly smooth mixture. It should be a thick dough.
  2. In a large skillet, heat about 1 inch of oil over medium low heat (You can use a deep-fryer for cooking them instead if you have one.) Using a large scoop, form balls and drop them carefully into the pan. Flatten them slightly with a spatula and cook them on each side for about 3 minutes until crispy.*

Gyros:

  1. If desired, warm the pitas in a foil-packet in the oven or one by one on a lightly greased skillet. Fill each pita with the falafels, your desired veggies, and your favorite bbq sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Alternatively, the falafel can be baked on a greased baking pan for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F (180 C) until browned. Also, if they seem a bit too soft after frying, baking them for about 10 minutes after they're fried should be enough to help make them more solid.