We’ve recently been having cocktail hour every Friday night at our place. And, while I’m very good at eating, honestly I’m not the best at drinking. My stomach needs a little snack if cocktails are involved. So, I figured why not try and make some crispy chic peas? I wanted something sweet, spicy, not too filling and these seemed to work just fine.
This whole recipe is just getting some chic peas super crispy in the oven and tossing them with this sweet and spicy mix. You can honestly use just salt if you like or go wild and improvise with the spice blend, it’s all up to you. But, like always, if you come up with any really good combos let me know about it in the comments!
And in case you were wondering, my cocktail of choice was of course a Negroni (more on that soon to come) and Ry opted for Manhattan. These are the benefits of living with a former bartender.
And, while I’m very good at eating, honestly I’m not the best at drinking. My stomach needs a little snack if cocktails are involved.
This recipe is primarily about the seasoning mix you’re tossing the chic peas with. I only used about half of this for maybe 2 cups of chic peas, but you can use as much or as little as you like. I would also highly recommend this seasoning on some popcorn, potato chips, whatever snack you’re into. It’s delish.
Crispy Chic Peas
with brown sugar, thyme and cayenne
- 2 cups Chic Peas – I typically make mine from dried, but you can certainly used some from a can, whatever you like
- A good drizzle of olive oil, or coconut oil – I probably used around 2 tbsp
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/8 tsp cayenne
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp Fresh thyme – you could used dried, just reduce the amount by half and adjust as needed
- 1/2 clove Garlic – crushed
Preheat your oven to 450°F (≈225°C).
The first thing you want to do is get those chic peas crispy. Make sure to dry off any residual liquid on the chic peas with a paper towel, the drier the better, and then toss with a good bit of oil. Use as much as you want just keep in mind the more oil you use the crisper they’ll be, think “oven fried” if you like. You want to roast them till they’re crispy and browned. I would recommend checking them every 10 minutes and tossing them around on your tray to make sure they’re cooking evenly and not burning. You’ll know they’re done when you hear them make a clattering sound on the baking tray.
Once those peas are all crisped up, you want to toss them with the seasoning mix while they’re still hot. I just add everything to a large metal bowl, toss and plate up right away. That’s it, eat up!