I must admit, I had heard of roasted chickpeas before, but never explored the idea further. Then Saturday night rolled around and I found myself watching a movie and wanting, no, needing something salty and crunchy. My pantry lacked popcorn, crackers and any junk food for that matter. But there they sat, right in front of me: humble chickpeas.
After looking through my spice cabinet I picked out herbes de provence and sea salt. I tossed the chickpeas with a little olive oil to coat and sprinkled on a generous amount of the herb mixture and salt. I spread it out in an even layer on a baking sheet and put it into a 400 degree oven.
Every 20 minutes I shook the pan to make sure the chickpeas evenly roasted, and about 50 minutes later they were done. The longer in the oven, the crispier and tastier they get. I sprinkled a little more sea salt on the hot chickpeas to taste.
I admit these chickpeas turned out to be the perfect movie snack. Any leftovers can be tossed in a salad in place of nuts for an extra crunch!
Roasted Chickpea Crunchies
2 cups chickpeas
1 T. olive oil
Sea Salt, to taste
1 T. dried herbs and/or spices*
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss together chickpeas, herbs, olive oil, and salt. Spread out on a single layer of a foil lined baking sheet. Roast for up to an hour, shaking the pan every 20 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
*Be creative here. I used herbes de provence, but anything in your spice cabinet will work. Try Cajun, Mexican and Italian spice blends to change up the flavor!