Position a rack in the top third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
Put the chickpeas
, olive oil, lemon juice
, tahini, garlic and 1/3 cup water in the bowl of a food processor
until completely smooth and slightly fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Place in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap
and refrigerate until ready to use.
Put the bacon slices on a rack set over a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and crispy, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, and then crumble or cut with a knife into bite-size pieces.
Prepare the falafel
mix according to the package directions, adding the bacon to the mixture. Using a leveled tablespoon as a measure, form the mixture into small balls, about 24 total. Place the formed falafel balls onto a baking sheet.
Fill a large skillet with 1/2 inch canola oil and heat until a deep-fry
thermometer inserted in the oil registers 350 degrees F. In batches, fry the falafel balls until golden brown all over, 1 to 2 minutes total per batch. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked falafel balls to a paper-towel lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt.
To assemble, place 2 to 3 slices of both tomato and cucumber down the center of each lettuce leaf. Top with a falafel ball. Drizzle
with some hummus
and garnish with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper.