Chickpea & Townhome Promises
17 Fri, 2010 § 7 Comments
I promised a friend I would post a recipe for roasting chickpeas as soon as we settled into our new place. One problem: apparently I didn’t bring any pots. Not one. I think I had this “plan” of saving packing room & getting a nice set of stainless steel ones once we had moved. Since I prefer cast-iron skillets, I don’t need a full set; but, it is a little more difficult to find pot-only sets than I had anticipated…plus there’s the issue of the “budget” I mentioned Wednesday.
Looking over our week’s menu, not having a single pot was going to be a dilemma for more than just cooking chickpeas. Fortunately, I found a stainless steel stock pot on a great sale at Sears — only $8!
Phew! Close one!
So far, it has worked wonderfully — even if it’s been a little tricky having only one pot in the kitchen, but I’m crafty like that 😉 & now we can finally roast chickpeas!
Now, this isn’t exactly a “recipe”, because you don’t really need one. These are simple, versatile & should be made to suit your own taste; but I think I have the cooking method down after trying several different oven temperatures.
I have made these with everything from garlic salt & savory herbs to spicy cayenne to Indian spices to smokey paprika [probably my second favorite] to sweet, warming spices like cardamon & cinnamon.
My favorite way to have these though is simple, classic olive oil & sea salt.
Soak dried chickpeas overnight [you’ll want at least 1 cup — they shrink back down after roasting] & cook, covered, in simmering water with kombu 2.5 – 3 hours until just cooked [they don’t have to be extremely soft because you are going to bake them].
Drain & rinse canned garbanzo beans/chickpeas for convenience.
Preheat oven to 375*F.
Spread cooked or canned chickpeas out on a rimmed baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil [~1T] & toss/shake the pan around.
Sprinkle with sea salt to taste or seasonings of choice & toss again.
Roast chickpeas for 45 – 60 minutes, watching closely & shaking every 15 – 20 minutes to promote even roasting. You might have to rotate your baking sheet as well since the back of the oven is often hotter. Cook until they are golden & start to split open. They will “crisp” up more as they cool, so don’t overcook.
These protein-&-fiber-packed snacks are delicious tossed over salads, with trail mix or just eaten by the handful. It’s a great change up from the usual movie night popcorn too!
Here’s a little something extra for anyone who is curious. I hate taking such plain photos [with the flash no less], but I promised Ashley simple, snapshots of our layout. Here’s a little downstairs tour…
We weren’t able to get a townhome with a fence after all. 😦 Maybe it wouldn’t have been worth the extra $30/month…(sigh), we’ll never know.
As you walk inside, you are met by the stairs, but we’re not going up there today. 😉
The carpet isn’t that brown. It looks awful in the photo, but it’s closer to taupe.
There is a nice coat closet to the right of the front door. See how the hooks hang inside & backwards? That’s how all of the “rods” are throughout the house.
When facing the stairway, if you turn right, you are in the living room,
which has a large window on that right wall…& doesn’t house much other than our camp chairs currently. 🙂
It’s a pretty small space. I’m sure we’ll really feel that once the piano is in here. Homey, we’ll call it. 😉
If you go left of the staircase, you would be in the dining area,
& view our sole holiday decorations [for the time-being]. There are french doors on the left wall,
& a bar opposite these.
I really like the bar & am excited for it to not look like a mess.
Around the bar.
Across from the stove.
The rest of the kitchen.
A nifty little broom closet next to the fridge, perfect for the garbage can. [That’s my kitchen laundry bag hanging on the door.]
I love the pantry that faces the fridge & broom closet, & it’s not too deep — I basically had to dive into our former one to retrieve anything from the back.
If you go past the pantry & closet, there is a half bath which leads into the utility room with the W/D hookups. This might be a great space for Dave’s work bench. Bodhi’s litter box is in there around the corner, & his crate is in the doorway [because we forgot the kiddie gate] to deter Eisley from enjoying canine “Almond Roca” [cat poop]. Yeah, my pup is gross, but your dog would like it too. 😉
So there you have it…even if you all didn’t ask for it.
Happy Friday 🙂
I think the best part will be decorating & expressing our personalities in a new space. What’s your favorite thing about moving into a new place?
Ever tried roasting chickpeas? Which seasonings do you like/think you would like best?