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Ceci al Forno Recipe

(Serves 4 as an appetizer)

  • 1 cup dry black garbanzo beans (find them at LaurelHillFoods.com or at Whole Foods)
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • Sea salt, the flaky kind that dissolves easy or any kind of specialty salt
  • Chili pepper powder to taste

Wash and drain the garbanzo beans and soak them overnight.  The next day, drain them, leaving a small amount of water (about ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon).  Add sea salt and chili pepper to taste.  Add the olive oil, mix and let it sit for 10 minutes. Arrange them in one layer on a metal cookie sheet or in a 10 inch cast iron pan.

Slide in a wood fired oven at 400° F keeping the pan in the cooler area towards the oven opening, so you can shake it often and make sure they don’t burn.  They are done fast, when golden to dark brown, in about 10 minutes or so.  Alternatively, you can place the beans in a 300° F, you will not have to shake so often and they will just take a little longer time.

Oh, by the way:  chickpeas are a good source of calcium, B vitamins, protein, iron and are high in heart healthy magnesium, they help lower cholesterol and they are low in fat.  Hello! Just look at Sophia Loren and all her look-alikes in Italy!

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