Chipotle chickpeas

Still life with chickpeas

Tortillas, injera, dosas, jamaican roti, moo shu pancakes, crepes. Why are they so fun to eat? Why is it so fun to wrap all your food into a tasty bundle and eat it with your hands? These were the thoughts going through my head last night during my 8th night in a row of infuriating insomnia. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to invent a completely new form of flatish bread that you could use as a utensil? And I’m determined to do it! (I even thought of a name for them!) And then I thought about inventing completely new methods of cooking. Like the first time somebody realized that if you whip egg whites they get stiff. Is it possible to invent something absolutely new? Yes it is! In award-winning restaurants in Spain or Norway, maybe. Sigh.

Anyway, last night was a back-to-normal-after-the-holidays meal. Chickpeas and broccoli sauteed with chipotle, sage, oregano and smoked paprika. Smoky, spicy, good. We had them with warm tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese and basmati rice. Ready in minutes and fun to eat.

Here’s Move Move Move from Nacho Libre we listened to during dinner last night. I love this soundtrack!

1 can (15 oz) chickpeas – rinsed and drained
1 medium head of broccoli, cut into small florets.
Olive oil
2 t. tomato paste
shallot – finely chopped
garlic – minced or crushed
1/2 t. sage
1/2 t. oregano
1/2 t. smoked paprika
1 t. chipotle puree, or as much as you like spicy-hot-wise

Warm the olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry the shallots till they start to brown, then add the garlic and the herbs. Add the tomato paste and the chipotle and stir it all around. Add the chickpeas and paprika. Cook till it’s all coated and hot through. Add a few tablespoons of water and the broccoli and cook till it’s just tender and bright green. Add salt and plenty of pepper and serve with warm flour tortillas, lettuce, grated cheddar or jack (or whatever the heck you like!) chopped tomatoes. Hot sauce if you have it. Avocado if you have it.


6 thoughts on “Chipotle chickpeas

  1. My gosh, you don’t miss a day! Simply amazing. Yes, please invent some new things to look forward to — like flatbread “utensils” never tasted until 2012. My New Year’s resolution is to cook more of your recipes and do my best to convince my kids to try one bite that will get them hooked on trying new things.

    • Shaun – let me know when you try something, and I’ll tell you my “Isaac version.” Hopefully your kids are more adventurous!

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