Roasted Chickpeas with Pancetta

These are great as a snack as well

These are great as a snack as well

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
  • Salt/pepper

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.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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11 Responses to Roasted Chickpeas with Pancetta

  1. aryana0821 says:

    Looks delicious 🙂

  2. Holy Mother of Pearl…that looks amazing….

  3. Great twist with the pancetta.

  4. sallybr says:

    Love this idea for a crouton! Really do….

    (hope the renovation is going nicely…)

  5. cecilia says:

    this is fantastic, i just finished cutting the pancetta! c

  6. ohlidia says:

    Oh, this does look delish! Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Oooh nice. I have chick peas in the freezer that would be perfect for this, and some parma ham left over from Christmas…

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    Sounds delicious and more protein too, nice touch adding the pancetta, I just got some too.

  9. kyoske says:

    They really are great! It totally impresses people at dinner parties!

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