Mike recently tweeted a challenge: Come up with a snack that would fix his crunchy-sweet-salty craving without going overboard on calories. When Monica suggested roasted chickpeas, I also got a hankering in need of quenching. So, I set out to recreate a recipe I used to make often. Why had I stopped? Well, somehow this particular snack slipped out of rotation, I guess. I’m always experimenting and there’s just not enough time (or room in my stomach) for all things tasty. Thanks Mike and Monica for resurrecting this treat back into my life!
Some tips for roasting chickpeas:
- Cook your own chickpeas from dried beans. You can use canned but the texture won’t be nearly as satisfying.
- Cool and dry the chickpeas. You want the beans to be really dry so that they crisp up well. If you cool them in an open container in the fridge they should lose enough moisture to avoid the labor of patting them down with a paper or dish towel.
- Don’t be afraid to cook them a little longer than you think you should. You’re looking for a deeply golden color to reach optimum crunchiness.
- Experiment with seasonings. You can add your favorite herbs or spices to the base recipe below. I love garam masala, red pepper flakes, or finely chopped rosemary.
Sweet and Salty Roasted Chickpeas
• 2 c cooked chickpeas
• 2 tablespoon brown sugar
• ½ tablespoon olive oil
• ½ tablespoon kosher or sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the chickpeas with the brown sugar and olive oil and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a baking dish.
2. Roast the chickpeas for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so, until golden brown and caramelized. Don’t be afraid to let them go “just a little longer”! Toss with the salt while hot.
I have the chick peas in the bag. Do I boil them according to the package first and then after they cool put them in the oven?
Cindy - You have a bag of dried chickpeas? Yes, they should be fully cooked and cooled prior to roasting. Not sure what the package says but I either put them in a pot and cover with water in the morning; then I drain, rinse, and re-cover them with water & boil in the evening. You can boil them without pre-soaking but it will take longer.
Let me know how they turn out or if you have any other questions!
Skip the brown sugar and sprinkle with cayenne pepper for a nice spicy treat!! The rest of the recipe remains the same. So good!!!
David Pastor de la Orden
My grandma used to prepared roasted chikpeas (leftover from a 'cocido madrileño', check wikipedia) this way... In a pan, enough olive oil to cook some chopped onion, and when done, add the peas and fry them till they're crispy. Salt if needed, but nothing else. And it's a very good and easy dish.