Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Candied Spiced Chickpeas

 I am a fan of trying new recipes, and I've had this one dog-eared for quite some time. On Thursday Kat and I were home alone and decided to give it a go. 
The results: crunchy, sweet, spicy and overall YUM-O!
The recipe does call for them to be fried and since we rarely fry anything I decided to do a few in the oven to see how they'd turn out...because we rarely fry anything, I fried the majority...I do love fried food.
There are a few things I'd tweak. The ones in the oven were good but needed to maybe cook longer so as to get crunchy. This may call for using a lower temp and cooking longer since they were a bit "soft". The fried ones were good but were very "sticky" and "greasy" feeling, but their crunch was great.


Overall a really fun snack to try!
........Here ya go!
Candied Spiced Chickpeas
(printable recipe)


Ingredients:


  • 1 can (15.5 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • 1/3 c. water


In a medium pot combine all ingredients over medium-high heat.

Bring mixture to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and liquid is very thick, about 12 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 c. vegetable oil over medium (a chickpea should sizzle slightly when added). 

With a slotted spoon, strain off as much sugar syrup as possible, then transfer chickpeas to oil. 

Fry, gently shaking skillet to prevent chickpeas from sticking, until dark golden brown, 5-7  minutes.

With slotted spoon, transfer to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels. 

Immediately season with salt; let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container at room temp, up to 1 day). 

Serves 8


I'm linking this to Tasty Tuesday and Hearth and Soul. Go check them out!




With Joy UNquenchable,

9 comments:

  1. Hey! What an interesting recipe. I like chickpeas - never thought of cooking them this way though.

    The Black Bean Tart actually firms up pretty well. It doesn't cut like a quiche or anything, but it doesn't fall apart either. The cheese helps hold the ingredients together.

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  2. I've never had chickpeas but I think I'll have to try these. We're always looking for healthy snacks for our teenage boys. Otherwise they'll just fill up on junk!

    Also, thanks for visiting my blog and giving me the suggestion of putting salami and cheese in my pasta salad. I will definately have to try that!

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  3. We love chickpeas at our house, but call them ceci beans since the hubs is Italian. Candied sounds good, but I agree with you about frying things. I don't fry because of the mess and the smell. Not to mention the fat and calories! But I love fried food, too.

    We make a simple batch of hummus from chickpeas every week or two. We just throw it all in the food processor and eat it with chips, bread, veggies, or on sandwiches.

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  4. Thanks for commenting on my blog. These sound so good. I am going to have to try them!

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  5. this would a perfect treat for evening snack. I have to try this, looks amazing :) Thanks for sharing with hearth and soul hop!

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