It took restraint not to eat the whole batch of these crispy, slightly crunchy, Parmesan-coated chickpeas.
Add some creamy dip into the mix, and I was in appetizers-that-spoil-my-dinner heaven.
After recently making Baked Parmesan Edamame Bites with Creamy Wasabi Dip, I’ve been breading and baking any veggie (or bean) I can.
You can use the basic battering, breading, and baking technique with zucchini (stay tuned), asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, or most anything in your vegetable drawer.
The breading on the chickpeas is crispy, crunchy, and perfectly complements the soft beans inside. Every time I use this technique, I’m pleasantly surprised at how really crispy things turn out. No frying required.
I used and recommend Panko breadcrumbs. They’re Japanese-style breadcrumbs and are sold nearby regular breadcrumbs, but they’re larger, coarser, and get crispier in the oven.
I spiced up the Panko and Parmesan mixture with McCormick’s recipe for a Bahian Spice Blend. It’s a mix of cumin, oregano, red and white pepper. Brazilian food is one of the next hot food trends and the Bahian Spice Blend adds zest to savory dishes including seafood, vegetables, soups, and stews. One of this year’s trends is Charmed by Brazil, illuminating the vibrant flavors and traditions of a dynamic melting pot culture that includes European, African, Asian and Native Amazonian influences.
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To finish off this easy appetizer, there has to be dip. I love dip and it’s an absolute requirement.
This one is creamy, mildly spicy yet cooling, and I want to dunk everything in it. Rather than using Ranch, you can try sour cream, mayo, or Blue cheese dressing.
Small, bite-sized, highly poppable food like this is perfect for game days, parties, or an average weeknight.
Watch how fast a bowl of this mini comfort food disappears.
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- one 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh or green can)
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Cumin, ground
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Oregano Leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick White Pepper, ground
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper, ground
- pinch salt, optional and to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat, parchment, or spray with cooking spray.
- Chickpeas – Drain and rinse chickpeas in a colander over the sink; set aside.
- Add flour to a medium bowl; set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs; set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, add the Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan, cumin, oregano, white pepper, red pepper, optional salt, and stir to combine; set aside.
- Add the chickpeas to the flour and toss with your hands to coat well.
- Using your hands, transfer floured chickpeas to eggs and toss with hands to coat well.
- Using your hands, transfer chickpeas to breadcrumb mixture and toss with hands to coat well. The process is messy and not every chickpea will be evenly coated and breaded. Overall, if most are coated, you’re fine.
- Place chickpeas on prepared baking tray, spaced evenly and with as much space in between as possible. If there are large clumps of more than 2 to 3 chickpeas stuck together, break them apart. You want the oven air to circulate freely on all pieces so they get as crispy as possible.
- Bake for about 15 to 16 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Start watching closely after 10 minutes and watch so the undersides don’t become overly browned or burn. While chickpeas bake, make the dip.
- Ranch Dip – In a small bowl, add all ingredients and whisk to combine until smooth. Chickpeas are best warm, fresh, and served with dip.
Adapted from Baked Parmesan Edamame Bites with Creamy Wasabi Dip
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 639mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 12g
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