Well here we go, first post on the blog, and it contains neither honey nor garlic. Instead, I come to you with roasted chickpeas.
I admit I’d been building up this moment, convinced that I needed to start off with a recipe completely out of the ordinary and “blog-worthy.” The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies Danielle and I made the other day went unblogged, even though we’re on spring break and I have more time than usual to procrastinate my homework. I thought I had to wait for the right time and the right recipe and the right light for photographs. But then Mom came home with a can of chickpeas and now here I am, blogging their way to roastedness.
I’ve been seeing spiced, roasted chickpeas floating around various blogs for a while and wanted to try them out. They seemed reminiscent of the dried chickpeas I remember being a favorite snack of one of my relatives in Israel, back when I visited for the summer a couple years ago. And given my recent semi-obsession with kale chips, it only made sense to continue the vegetable-roasting trend, right? Crunchy chickpeas — how could you go wrong?
After a little poking around the internet to get ideas for different spice combinations, I eventually settled on adapting these Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas (“adapting” basically meant adding some ginger and using less paprika). And they turned out really well! They are a pretty excellent snack. Nicely crispy, with a combination of sweetness and spiciness. I’d like to try them with other flavors, too. There are lots of different combinations that could be good!Spicy Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas 1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon coriander 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon ginger Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine chickpeas, oil, and spices in a bowl and toss to fully coat the chickpeas. Spread chickpeas out on a baking sheet and roast until they are crispy (mine took about 40 minutes, but start checking them sooner), shaking the pan occasionally to mix them.