Fried Chickpeas

Happy Christmas Eve!

Do you still need an appetizer idea? This recipe requires a can of chickpeas, some olive oil, black pepper and your choice of spice. It’s so easy and delicious and when I say fried, I actually mean baked. The chickpeas get all crunchy on the outside but stay creamy on the inside and they pack a serious protein punch.

I used curry powder and cayenne but you can use whatever spices you like best. Rosemary would be nice.

1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon of olive oil

black pepper

dusting of your favorite spice.

Preheat oven to 400. Pat the chickpeas dry with a (paper) towel.  Spread them evenly on a sheet tray, drizzle over oil and sprinkle with pepper and spice. Toss to coat and bake for 30ish minutes, stirring them every 10 minutes or so. They’re done when they are golden brown and crunchy on the outside

Also I’m super excited for Christmas Dinner… I’m making a spinach salad with radicchio, pears and parmesan and a balsamic, maple, dijon vinaigrette, spicy broccoli rabe and roasted parsnips, carrots, turnips and red potatoes. My mom is making her famous spinach lasagna and my dad is making baked stuffed shrimp (which I plan on passing on)

Also, if you’re still looking for appetizer ideas see this post by Mark Bittman (one of my favorite food authors)

Happy Holidays!

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