These are very easy and quick to make. They are good mixed with a salad of mixed greens, feta and olives or as a simple appetizer, snack or side by themselves. If you want a hotter nut add a tsp of cayenne pepper to the spice mix.
Thanks to our good friend Richard for the inspiration. He uses diced pancetta or thick cut bacon and cooks his in a frying pan over medium heat on the stovetop until the beans start to pop. He calls these “The best crouton alternative ever made!”
Roast Chickpea Nuts with Pancetta
- 2 cups dried chick peas washed and soaked overnight
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 4 slices pancetta chopped into small dice
Cook beans over medium heat until almost tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, let cool and dry off. Toss beans with spices, oil and pancetta and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast at 365 degrees until beans are toasted and slightly crunchy and pancetta is crisp stirring a few times, about 45 minutes.