Tuesday, July 10, 2018

oven roasted chick peas

This is a recipe that I forget where it came from. I think it happened after I "discovered" kale chips last year and decided to try to oven roast/fry nearly everything. These chick peas have become the single-most popular (and requested) party snack I make.

The recipe is really easy to modify or adapt to your particular tastes - I often omit the cayenne if I am bringing it to a group of unknown human mouths who might not love the warm kick. You really can't go wrong unless you put dried herbs in - those babies will burn and make your delicious fried orbs taste horrible - trust me. 

If you are going to make a big batch, it is worth it to buy dried chick peas and soak and boil them yourself. It  takes more time, but is so much cheaper. (if you do this, you will need to add more salt) That said, canned chick peas aren't that expensive and you are the boss of you, so do what feels right. 

oven roasted chick peas
2 cans of chick peas, drained and washed well
1/4 cup olive oil 
1/4 tsp smoked cinnamon
cayenne (you can substitute something more mild like aleppo, but hold off and add it half way through cooking)
sea salt (you are going to use this 2x)
1/2 tsp ground celery seed
1 tsp toasted onion powder or garlic powder -both if you are awesome
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin 

Pre-heat oven to 400F
1. Drain those chick peas really well
2. Spread them out on to a sheet pan or a baking dish - you don't want them doubled up
3. Generously coat the chick peas in olive oil - you should see extra puddling 
4. Sprinkle on the spices and salt. You will be tempted to roll the chick peas around to coat them DON'T. It will cause most of the deliciousness to fall off into the oil. 
5. Place the peas in the oven for 35-45 minutes - you are going to want to flip them at least 2x
6. Done = the chick peas shrinking to half their size, and darkening without burning. If you see some of them start to flake off their outer shell and crisp, you are there. 

So now you have a choice - take them out of the oven when they are crispy on the outside and a little soft in the middle, or keep on cooking for another ~10 minutes to get them to be more like the texture of spicy Indian snack mix. I prefer them the first way, but the second is also great

7. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan. 
8. If you manage to not devour them immediately, store in an air-tight container. If you make them a few days ahead of time, they will get a little soggy. You can pop them back in the oven, or a toaster oven, for a few minutes on 400 until you hear them start to sizzle, remove, cool, and serve. 

1 comment:

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