World's largest falafel ball makes the rounds

May 16, 2011 at 3:14 PM ET

David Crane / L.A. Daily News /
Dan Walker pulls the record-breaking falafel ball from the oven.

Want hummus with that? Weighing in at 52.8 pounds and 12.5 inches high, the world's largest falafel ball took shape Sunday. After baking for eight hours in a portable barbecue at the Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, the Los Angeles Daily News reported, it was certified to be submitted to Guinness World Records (the makers still have to register to get the record made official).

Lest you think that someone spent days grinding the chickpeas needed to create this colossus, chef Dawn Walker and her husband Dan created this winner using a store-bought mix. They then set it in a stainless steel bowl and baked it in the barbecue. Traditionally, the Middle Eastern street food is fried in oil.

This falafel ball on steroids was twice the size of the current record holder – a 24-pound disc-shaped falafel created last May by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the Olympic Pita restaurant.

"We're going to frame it," Dawn Walker told the paper. "Put it in a Lucite box. Shellac it. Put it in my living room. We'll be smelling falafel forever."

Now someone needs to put the Walkers in touch with Jana Bakers in Qatar, who made the world’s longest pita bread, measuring in at 421 feet 6 inches, in 2008.