Still looking for some snacks to round out your Super Bowl menu? These crunchy spiced chick peas are made in minutes with ingredients from your pantry and are absolutely addictive! A unique dairy-free alternative to buttered popcorn, roasted chick peas pack tons of flavor and a satisfying crunch. They pair perfectly with beer so you’ll want to put them out in bowls for your guests to munch on as a bar snack. Consider doubling or tripling the recipe because it’s impossible to stop at just one handful.
The best part about these savory little morsels is their versatility. By adding different combinations of spices, you can make them sweet, spicy, or infused with the flavors of Indian, Asian, or Mexican cuisine. The possibilities are truly endless. Experiment with different flavors and see which you like best. If you find a favorite combination, please comment below. A list of suggested seasonings follows the recipe. If you don’t have a fully-stocked spice rack on hand, Penzey’s, with locations in West Hartford and Norwalk, is a great local resource for spices. They also sell a variety of their own pre-mixed seasoning blends, many of which would make tasty additions to this recipe.
1 15 oz. can chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans)
1 T olive oil
Salt to taste
Seasonings of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Drain the can of chick peas in a colander and rinse with water, shaking to rinse off excess.
3. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Place chick peas on the paper towels and gently pat dry with another paper towel. Gently remove and discard any skins remaining on the chick peas. When chick peas are completely dry, discard paper towels and transfer chick peas in a single layer to a foil-lined baking sheet.
4. Mix your desired seasonings to taste in a small bowl.
5. Toss chick peas with olive oil, salt, and seasoning blend.
6. Roast for 40 minutes, tossing occasionally, or until chick peas are crunchy and golden brown.
7. Serve warm or at room temperature. If you have any leftover, store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Some suggested seasoning combinations (use amounts to taste):
- honey, cinnamon
- brown sugar, chili powder
- chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, ground chipotle
- lime juice, chili powder, cilantro, pepper
- curry powder or garam masala
- brown sugar, cayenne pepper, rosemary
- soy sauce, sesame oil, chili powder
- cinammon, cumin, smoked paprika
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