In the past few years, I find that I am drawn more and more to grazing … small plates at restaurants … plates full of nibbles. It may be that I am getting a bit lazy with full-on 4 course meals but I prefer to think that I like to have lots of little bites.
Sous Chef Jaz mentioned Roasted Chick Peas in passing recently and it sounded like just the thing for us to graze on! I love chick peas and while they are great in salads and soups – hold on to your hats. Fennel Friday is celebrating Sandwiches and Picnics and these little babies would be PERFECT for a picnic. If I could wait that long.
Roasted Chick Peas are better than popcorn. They are better than just about any small bite with a toasted, spicy outer layer and creamy inside that I can think of right now. And they are SO easy. Crazy easy.
I have done a few batches with various sprinkles – Muchi Curry from Whole Foods (Really Really Good), straight Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch (OMG to drool!), Brown Dog Riba Riba Cocoa and Chile Mole Rub from Mom’s Gourmet (Lip Smacking Gimme More Burn) and the final was Spicy Fennel Sea Salt from Pollen Ranch.
First – the Spicy Fennel Sea Salt is one of my favorite blends from Pollen Ranch. This is the Fennel Pollen blend that inspired the Spicy Fennel Pollen Bloody Mary and one that I use it frequently to punch up roasted veggies and other recipes. The ingredients are so simple:
- Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen,
- Fleur de Sel (Sea Salt),
- Cayenne, and
- 5 Pepper Mix.
Second – Although all of the spices that I used were wonderful, the Spicy Fennel Sea Salt brought everything together for me. It had the fennel pollen, the salt AND the spice.
Third – get going and start roasting!
Simple Roasted Chick Pea Recipe:
- Buy good quality chick peas – dump them into a colander and rinse well.
- Pat dry and then drizzle a bit of EVOO on top and toss to coat. You do not need a lot of oil – like 1-2 teaspoons.
- Add spice of choice and toss until chick peas are coated.
- Put chick peas on roasting sheet.
- Roast at 400 degrees for approximately 10-15 minutes – depends on your level and love of char.
- The outside should be crispy and the inside should be almost a melted creaminess. If they are not quite done, pop them back in the oven for a few minutes.
- Eat warm and enjoy!
Now my brain is whizzing around that cocoa and chili mole spice … stay tuned, especially since our next #HGEATS is ALL about the HOT STUFF and Foods that Bite Us Back!
If you want to try some Pollen Ranch Fennel Pollen blends, then use coupon code #HGEATS for 10% off of your total order!
Stay HUNGRY and Happy Fennel Friday!
Kimberly – The Hungry Goddess Herself
Thank you to Pollen Ranch for providing us with the Spicy Fennel Sea Salt, partnering with us on Fennel Friday AND for providing a coupon code for you!