Spanish-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
Why This Recipe Works
Our spiced roasted chickpeas have a crisp, airy texture that we achieve by first zapping the chickpeas in the microwave for about 10 minutes to burst them open at the seams so they release interior moisture. We then coat them with a small amount of olive oil and bake them in a 350-degree oven for about an hour. To keep them from burning, we crowd them toward the center of the pan. For a snack reminiscent of one served at a Spanish tapas bar, we dusted the roasted chickpeas with a mix of smoked paprika, coriander, kosher salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
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InstructionsServes 6 (Makes about 1⅔ cups)
There is no need to rinse the chickpeas. This recipe calls for a metal baking pan; using a glass or ceramic baking dish will result in unevenly cooked chickpeas. The chickpeas make a great snack when dusted with spices, but you can also season them simply with salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper and use them as a salad garnish.
Total Time: 1¼ hours, plus 30 minutes cooling
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Place chickpeas in colander and let drain for 10 minutes. Line large plate with double layer of paper towels. Spread chickpeas over plate in even layer. Microwave until exteriors of chickpeas are dry and many have split slightly at seams, 8 to 12 minutes.
2. Transfer chickpeas to 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan. Add oil and stir until evenly coated. Using spatula, spread chickpeas into single layer. Transfer to oven and roast for 30 minutes. While chickpeas are roasting, combine paprika, coriander, salt, cumin, and cayenne in small bowl.
3. Stir chickpeas and crowd toward center of pan, avoiding edges of pan as much as possible. Continue to roast until chickpeas appear dry, slightly shriveled, and deep golden brown, 20 to 40 minutes longer. (To test for doneness, remove a few paler chickpeas and let cool briefly before tasting; if interiors are soft, return to oven for 5 minutes before testing again.)
4. Transfer chickpeas to large bowl. Toss with spice mixture to coat. Season with salt to taste. Let cool completely before serving, about 30 minutes. (Chickpeas can be stored in airtight container for up to 1 week.)
Corral Your Chickpeas
We found that the chickpeas at the edges of a rimmed baking sheet tended to scorch toward the end of the roasting time. We could prevent this with frequent stirring, but that let heat escape from the oven, so the chickpeas took longer to finish. Instead, we switched to a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan: Its high sides deflect some of the oven's heat. We also crowd the chickpeas toward the center of the pan and away from the hotter sides.
Mounding the chickpeas in the middle of the pan shields them from burning.