Tuesday, April 10, 2012

From Rachel's Kitchen

I love chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo beans
(such a bizarre name, isn't it?-
Wonder what the origins of it are)
but other than throwing them into my salads occasionally, 
I never really knew what to do with them...
until now.
I ran across this recipe on Steamy Kitchen 
and it looks like a hit!
I give you...
"Crispy Roasted Chickpeas"

Crispy Roasted Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

You are going to L-O-V-E this little snackity snack because it's:
 healthy (they’re roasted, not fried), easy (5 minutes hands on time), easy (using canned garbanzo beans), addictive (you might as well double the recipe when you’re making it).
The texture of Roasted Chickpeas is surprisingly crispy/crunchy – they make that lovely, loud crunch in your mouth like potato chips. And when you tell people that this recipe starts with 1 can of garbanzo beans, they won’t believe you. Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing.
Just one warning. as I ate the entire batch by myself in one sitting: These Roasted Chickpeas are really are perfect as a little bar snack to nibble on with beer. 

how to make roasted chickpeas/garbanzo beans

Four ingredients – salt, seasoning blend of your choice, garbanzo beans and olive oil
First drain the can of garbanzo beans.
You’ll want to rinse the beans for a few seconds to rid the surface of the cloudy, starchy, slippery water it was packaged in.
Lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towel.
Pat dry with another paper towel.
You’ll see that some of the beans have a thin skin on them…you can leave them on, or use the paper towel to rub them off.
Discard the skin.
Now they should be completely dry.
Remove the paper towels and now drizzle just a bit of olive oil.
Toss them about to distribute the oil.
Ready for the oven!
400F for 30-40 minutes (I’m on a convection and I used 325F) – until golden brown, crunchy (not soft).
Season with salt.
Whatever spice blend you want.
That’s it!

crispy roasted chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

Servings: 2 (as snack) Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 30
I highly recommend doubling a batch of Roasted Chickpeas, the bowl will be empty in 10 minutes! This is a one of the simplest snack recipes - four ingredients and it starts with a can of chickpeas pulled from your pantry. You can use any spice blend - I'm really enjoying Creole or Cajun seasoning, but don't limit yourself there! 


One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans1 1/2 tablespoons olive oilSaltSpice blend of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Drain the can of garbanzo beans in a strainer and rinse with water for a few seconds to clean off the beans. Shake and tap the strainer to rid of excess water. Lay paper towl on a baking sheet, and spread the beans over. Use another paper towel to gently press and absorb the water on the beans. Roll the beans around with the paper towel to also remove the thin skin from any of the beans. Discard the skins and the paper towels.
3. Drizzle the olive oil over the beans and use your hands or a spatula to toss around and coat. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the beans are a deep golden brown and crunchy. Make sure that the beans do not burn.
4. Season with salt and spice blend.

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