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Two years ago I had my birthday party at one of the fancier then new restaurants in down. We’re talking cocktails in mason jars, dim lit room, epic cheese boards, you know that kind of place. While we were sitting down to order our waiter brought a little bowl of what I thought were peanuts. I inquired as to what they were, he informed they were fried garbanzo beans. I hadn’t even thought of the concept of a fried bean before and boy was I excited. They were warm, crispy and popped in your mouth. I just knew that I had to come home and recreate them.
Trying to come up with a way at home took some thought. I was so excited when I was able to perfect a roasted version of these yummy garbanzo beans and reduce the guilt while eating them. I’m such a snacker and so is Hattie, so I always want to make sure we have healthy options on hand. I do that with the help of S&W Beans and their wide assortment of beans. For this particular recipe, I used Organic Garbanzo beans, but any garbanzo variety would be great.
The trick to getting these so crunchy? They have to be bone dry. I like to actually drain and rise the beans, and let them sit for a couple of hours to insure they are dried out. Then, to insure an even coat of oil, I like to use a little non-stick cooking spray to make sure everything is equal. They taste super yummy and almost remind me of a Corn Nut. The other great thing is that these are super versatile when it comes to seasoning. I like a traditional salt & pepper, but you could do seasoning salt, or even an herb blend or Mexican chilies.
I love cooking with beans in general because they are convenient and I have my pantry stocked with a variety at all times. It is definitely a spin on traditional snacking, too. The color of the roasted garbanzos are just gorgeous. After all, you eat with your eyes first. S&W Beans believes if food”looks great, tastes great” which is something I focus on in my household too.
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Have you ever tried beans as a snacking option before?