Michael Natkin's Kouftikes de Prasa Sandwiches

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[Photograph: Michael Natkin]

Falafel might be a hall of fame vegetarian sandwich, but after making up a batch of these Kouftikes de Prasa Sandwiches from Michael Natkin's Herbivoracious, we're tempted to declare a new winner.

Awesomely crisp patties full of sweetly sweated leeks are wrapped in warm pita and topped with a quick pickled cabbage, spicy and sour with preserved lemon and harissa. The sandwich is finished with creamy labne, tart sumac, and bright leaves of fresh mint and slices of cucumber. This sandwich has it all going on—salty, sour, spicy, and totally satisfying.

What Worked: We're loving the contrast of crisp oniony leek patties with the sharp, pickled cabbage. Topped off with a dollop of creamy labne and a few mint leaves, this sandwich is a winner.

What Didn't: All's clear.

Suggested Tweaks: If you're looking for a bit more heat, feel free to garnish the sandwiches with a swipe of harissa.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Herbavoracious to give away.

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