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An holiday appetizer of Spiced Fried Chickpeas
Photography by Thomas J. Story

Spiced Fried Chickpeas

In a medium bowl, mix together 1 tsp. fine sea salt, 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp. each chipotle powder and ground coriander, and 1/8 tsp. cayenne.

Drain and rinse 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos); spread on paper towels and pat dry. In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring 2 in. vegetable oil to 350° to 375° (drop a chickpea in―when it sizzles, the oil is ready).

With a large metal strainer, lower chickpeas carefully into oil (they’ll splatter). Cook chickpeas until crisp, about 3 minutes. With strainer, transfer chickpeas to several layers of paper towels to drain, then toss with spice mixture.

Makes: 6 servings 

Time: 25 minutes

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