Sunday, August 5, 2012

Oven-Roasted Chickpeas

This past week I made a small dent in my pantry stock, and had so much fun doing it that I decided to continue the spoonful.  The extra focus on using what I had on hand also encouraged me to try a lot harder to make sure I was using up all of everything I opened and incorporate more leftovers into my meals, and I felt less wasteful overall.

One of the weekend experiments involved finally tackling a tiny can of chickpeas that has been staring at me from the front of my pantry for probably close to a year now.

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I bought it thinking I would want to try making my own hummus, but never got around to buying the tahini.  I still had no tahini, but I came up with a much more appealing way to eat those chickpeas – roasted!

The roasting itself was very simple.  The prep, on the other hand, took a bit more effort than I had anticipated.  First I drained and rinsed the chickpeas. 

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Then I followed the instructions I found online to roll them between paper towels to remove the skin that “some of the beans” would have.

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Seems pretty simple right?  I thought so too, until I realized that every single chickpea in that can had a skin, and while rolling them between the paper towels somewhat worked, it didn’t take them all off.  It was quite a process picking through all the chickpeas and squeezing off the skins!  I ended up with quite a pile of leftover skins from that tiny 6 oz can.

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Once the skinning was finished, it was easy.  I made sure they were really dry, then tossed them in a bit of olive oil and roasted them in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, until crispy.  When they came out, I kept it basic and just seasoned them with sea salt.

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                  Before                                                       After

I was very surprised by the end result, I wasn’t expecting them to get so crunchy.  They reminded me a lot of soy nuts, and they were actually pretty tasty.  However, I don’t think I’d make them again unless I had some help with the skinning!

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2 comments:

  1. I roast canned chickpeas a lot and have never heard of skinning them. Try skipping that next time; results are fine with mine.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I guess during roasting the skins just adhere to the chickpeas? Or do they flake off like with peanuts?

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