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When I'm lounging with a beer, I want a decent snack; but never mind boozy nights; toasted beans are delicious on top of a salad, or just as a snack on their own. They're versatile, can be made in just a few minutes, and they're just delicious.
It's as few or as many ingredients as you like, and there's only two catches: watch the amount of oil you use, too much will ruin everything. Also, you must use dried herbs and spices for this, as delicious as the fresh stuff is, it'll just burn in the oven and be bitter and gross. —Michael
Makes: 2 cups
cups Cooked garbanzo beans
tablespoons Good olive oil
teaspoons Freshly ground black pepper
teaspoon Ground cumin
- Cook the beans according to package, or skip this step if using canned beans.
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees (F).
- Spread the beans out on a paper towel lined baking sheet and then cover with another paper towel. The cooked beans need to be as dry as possible.
- I remove the skins at this point. It's very time consuming removing the skin one bean at a time, but rolling them around under the paper towel helps loosen things up. Either way, it takes some time. A survey of other toasted bean recipes reveal this as a point of contention among cooks; however, I prefer the beans completely naked. The choice is yours.
- Combine olive oil, cumin, and black pepper (or any other spices you're using) with a little salt in a mixing bowl.
- Toss the cooked, dry and cleaned beans with the olive oil and spices.
- Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 325 (F) for thirty minutes.
- Toss every ten minutes and return to the oven until golden and crunchy on the outside, and creamy in the center. If they turn brown, they're burnt. (Which you may or may not find troubling. I've eaten many a jar-full of 'burnt' beans without apology.)
- Serve hot right out of the oven, or store in a jar at room temperature for up to a week. If they last that long.