Smoke Roasted Chickpeas Are A Tasty Treat

Over the past six months I have had to make some drastic changes in my eating habits. One of those changes is a big reduction in carbs and sugars along with a switch to more whole grains. So far the changes have had the desired results but I’m still a ways from my goal. I was looking for something crunchy the other day to put on a salad but was not having any luck. I’ve never been a huge fan of croutons, they usually are too hard or lack the flavors I like. I decided the best thing would be to make something I would like.

The chickpea (Cicer arietinum) is a legume of the family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. Its seeds are high in protein. It is one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East. Other common names for the species include garbanzo bean, ceci bean, sanagalu, chana, hummus and Bengal gram. –Wikipedia

Chickpeas2Over the past six months I have had to make some drastic changes in my eating habits.  One of those changes is a big reduction in carbs and sugars along with a switch to more whole grains.  So far the changes have had the desired results but I’m still a ways from my goal.  I was looking for something crunchy the other day to put on a salad but was not having any luck.  I’ve never been a huge fan of croutons, they usually are too hard or lack the flavors I like.  I decided the best thing would be to make something I would like.

Thinking I needed a little help in coming up with a solution I hit the internet and let my fingers do the surfing and came across something I thought could have potential.  There were lots of recipes for roasted chickpeas.  They certainly looked crunchy and somewhat like Wasabi Peas, an addictive snack food I love.  Now that I had the idea in my head I had to come up with a way to give this dish a BBQ twist.

This food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese. –Self Nutrition Data

I bought a couple of cans of Garbonzo Beans (Chickpeas) and set to work.  The most time-consuming part of this whole process is the first one.  Each and every cooked chickpeas in the can has a skin on it that has to be removed.  It’s not hard but it took a lot longer than I thought it would do.  If you decide to make this recipe be ready for this step.  I discovered the easiest way was to just roll the chickpeas with my fingers.  With a little pressure the chickpeas skin will just come off.

The Smoke Roasted Chickpeas came out fantastic.  Lots of crunch and lots of flavor.  Just what the doctor ordered.  I think Mrs. Grail summed it up with her comment, “These things are addictive.”

Smoke Roasted Chickpeas
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Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • 2 can Garbonzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons Pastamore Fresh Jalapeno Oil (or sub regular olive oil)
  • 2 tablespoons Chef Salt Bacon BBQ seasoning (or sub your favorite BBQ rub)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat grill or smoker to 350 degrees. If you are using a grill make sure you have it set up for indirect cooking
  2. Removed skins from drained and rinsed beans. Let the beans dry on a baking sheet.
  3. When beans are dry add to a bowl with oil and seasoning. Gently fold the beans until the oil and seasoning has evenly coated them. Return to baking sheet.
  4. Roast in the smoker or on the grill until the beans are crunchy. About two hours.

 

 

 

 

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