October 13, 2011

Bon Appetit Fried Chickpeas

Growing up my mother loved making spicy food. The spicier the better, which would have been great if my father hadn't absolutely hated anything with the least amount of spice. My dad would grimace through my mom's dishes, so my mom would only made things hotter. She made a really delicious and spicy Asian noodle dish, which she never followed a recipe for. There was one time in particular that it was so spicy that I swear my dad actually turned completely red (but he still ate it). When I got married I was surprised to learn just how much my husband enjoyed very spicy foods. He has been known to add hot sauce to just about anything. In consideration of my husband's love of spicy foods, I try to frequently prepare snacks with a kick. Recently, Bon Appetit magazine had a recipe for Fried Chickpeas using smoked paprika, cayenne and grated lime peel, which looked full of spices and delicious.

This recipe has 6 ingredients. The total prep and cooking time is approximately a half an hour and the recipe makes 6-8 servings. I already had everything except the lime in my pantry cupboard, so I had no problems finding any of the ingredients. Make sure to fully dry the chickpeas in order for the finished recipe to have enough of a crunch. After patting the chickpeas between paper towels, I let them dry on the counter to fully dry out. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

When I finished making this snack, my two-year-old ate one told me it was too spicy and then ate more. The taste while hot, is delicious. My husband particularly enjoyed this snack and ate the majority of the recipe. If you aren't a fan of spicy foods, you could cut the spices in half and reduce the amount of heat. My family enjoys spices, so I made the recipe as written and it was perfect. An easy and deliciously spiced snack.

For the recipe go to Fried Chickpeas.
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