Monday, May 10, 2010
Lately, all the foodies are buzzing about Roasted Chickpeas. In February, Budget Bytes used them as an alternative to popcorn. Two weeks ago More than a Mount Full did a piece on them. But yesterday, Let's Dish brought them up again! It's too many times for me to ignore! All recipes have the basic recipe the same, rinse, dry, season and roast. Hmmm sounds easy enough! All season according to their tastes. Sounds like a job for the Fireman's seasoning!
So I pick a day that nobody is home to test it. Everyone says that they are addictive. So I figure that I won't want to share in case they are a huge success! Luckily I have one can of chickpeas in the cupboard. All that is left is to make some more seasoning.
I proceed to rinse the beans and lay them out on paper towels. I even walked away for an hour busy with other chores. Roasting wet items just steams them so drying is critical.
Lined my cookie sheet with foil and got to work on the seasoning. Really I need to start making it in large quantities and store in a container. I cook with it often. Firehouse Taters are made on the fly when we need a side dish but I have also tossed it on chicken or steak.
1 can of chickpeas, drained and dried
Olive oil for drizzling
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
Preheat the oven 400 degrees.
This is where everyone differs. One baked at 350 for 40 minutes, another at 400 for 30 and lastly 425 for 20...all had the same end product.
My beast does well at 400. That is what I roast vegetables at so these little nuggets will do fine at it. I was warned that they pop like pop corn so knowing that I should have been prepared but it alarmed me none the less! After 20 minutes I gave them a shake. At 30 minutes I ate two. One was really crunchy and one was not crunchy enough so I popped it back in the oven. Another five minutes and they were perfect!
These chefs have it point on though! One can is not enough. These are yummy for snacks but I cant wait to toss them on a salad in place of croutons.
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