Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quick App 3: Spicy Toasted Garbanzo Beans and Pistachios

After reading this recipe in a Bon Appetit supplement of I was waiting for an opportunity to make it. And Gayatri’s Christmas party sounded perfect for it. It makes 2 1/2 cups so I halved the recipe as we were only 7 people and there were other appetizers. 
2 15 1/2-ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained 
1/4 cup corn oil
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne or 1/4 tsp Habanero pepper

1 cup shelled raw pistachios
2 tsp fresh thyme

  1. 1.Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. 2.Toss garbanzo beans with next five ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. 3.Transfer mixture to a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. 4.Bake until garbanzo beans are golden and crisp, stirring occasionally with a metal spatula, about 20 minutes (can be made 4 hours ahead. Keep at room temperature).
  5. 5.Stir pistachios and thyme into garbanzo mixture. 
  6. 6.Bake until beans and pistachios are crunchy, about 12 minutes.
  7. 7.Transfer mixture to a bowl and serve warm.

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