You must have noticed all the fried, roasted, crisped garbanzos pinging around the food-o-sphere.
I knew I would eventually try them. Sooner than later.
But it took a double-whammy to get it to happen. Kalyn posted about a salad made from roasted chickpeas. That got my juices flowing. The chickpeas weren't crunchy, though (and I supposed crunchy chickpeas would make a creepy salad, unless they were the croutons). It turns out Kalyn had posted about exactly the crunchy beans I was looking for, a few years earlier, but I missed it.
So I googled roasted garbanzos, and was led to Steamy Kitchen. Oh, yeah! I remember that post. That's the recipe I followed.
It turns out that Cranky was jonesing for some, having seen the sensual picture of a plate of golden legumes in Heidi Swanson's new book, Super Natural Every Day. It's not the recipe I followed, but I'll take a look at it next time.
The point is simple. You oil and roast some dried-off (cooked) beans. You are going for total Corn Nuts crisp, although the end product is more tender than a Corn Nut. No mush in the middle allowed (but they can burn, so beware). You season them to your liking (I used garlic powder, salt, cumin and hot smoked paprika).
And you get this bowl of SNACK. Perfect tapa if you are snorting the cava, or even just a glass of sparkling water.
Jaden at Steamy Kitchen advises using two cans of beans, these are so addictive. They make your tummy growl.
But they are protein bombs. I mean it, really filling.
Cranky and I were wishing we had made more, and then we couldn't even finish the one batch.
We'll make another batch soon. Cranky just went and bought four cans of garbanzos.