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Roasted Chickpeas

Posted: October 4, 2011 in Recipes
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I found this healthy snack recipe at Namely Marly and it is SO yummy.  A great snack when watching a movie with your significant other.  I give full credit to Namely Marly for this recipe, but here is how I made it to my liking…

You will need …

Large can of Chickpeas (I used a 29 oz can)

Olive Oil

Salt and/or pepper or you favorite seasoning (I am using Pampered Chefs Red Thai Curry rub – I love Indian flavors!)

Preheated oven to 375 degrees

What to do ….

Drain and rinse the peas then soak them in clean water to help remove excess salt.  Then repeat.

Drain one last time and spread chickpeas onto a few layers of paper towel.  Remove loose skins and any pieces you do not find worthy.  Place another layer of paper towel on top and gentle roll around the peas to help the drying process and to loosen more skins.

Lightly spray or oil a metal baking sheet and spread  the chickpeas on the sheet into one layer.  Bake for 40 minutes.

DO NOT do what I did the first time I made this recipe.  To save time, I coated the peas in olive oil and seasoned them before baking. Doing this, did not allow the chickpeas to roast properly.  They remained moist instead of drying out.

After 40 minutes in the oven, remove the chickpeas and place into a mixing bowl. Add 1 Tbsp oil (I used Safflower but you can use olive oil.  All our olive oil bottles are currently being infused with herbs from the garden) and your seasoning. Mix until it is to your liking.

You can stop here or you can take it a little further, as I like to make this recipe….

Because we like our snacks with a little more crunch, I went on to brown the chickpeas in a stainless steel skillet.

Coat the bottom of the skillet with a little oil. Heat over high heat. Add the chickpeas when the oil is hot enough so that a flick of water from your finger tips dances on top if the oil. Brown the chickpeas to your liking. When down, move the peas into a bowl and enjoy!  They are best when served warm, but they are also good when cooled.

Store in an airtight container.

Tonight I will be enjoying my seasoned chickpeas with some Peak Organics Pomegranate Wheat Ale.  I love this beer! It is flavored just enough but without losing the flavor of the beer, itself.

By the way, when I first made this recipe, it was the first time I had ever eaten chickpeas (not even hummus!)