Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chickpea Crostini

Anyone up for some super cute, super healthy and super simple appetizer for your party? Look no further!

Chickpea Crostini is the perfect 'hummus-like' appetizer option when you have to serve a whole lot of people and don't have too much time to pull things together!
You just get the bread sliced before hand, make the topping a day ahead if you are in a super time crunch and fix things together in no time!
Then just sit back and enjoy the compliments!

Here is what you need to get this ready...

Serves: 8 to 10 people
Level: Simple
Adapted from:

2 cans Garbanzo beans (I used the ones with 50% less sodium)
1/2 medium bunch cilantro/coriander leaves, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Red chilly flakes to taste
Garlic powder to taste*
Fresh thin long baguette/sour dough bread, sliced into tiny rounds

Step 1 - Drain out the garbanzo beans from the can and thoroughly wash the beans under running water.

Step 2 - In a bowl, add the garbanzo beans, salt, pepper, red chilly flakes, cilantro and olive oil. Mix everything together. Squeeze the lemon. Mix again. The mixture should be spicy and tangy. Then with the back of a fork or with a vegetable masher, mash the chickpea mixture together. You do not want to make this into a paste. It needs to be chunky! You should be able to see a few whole chickpeas in the topping.

Step 3 - Line a baking tray with foil. Place the tiny bread rounds onto the tray. Bake this in a preheated 400 Deg. F. oven for 10 mins. Keep an eye on these. You dont want to burn off the bread here. Once done, while the bread is still hot, sprinkle the slices generously with garlic powder. Top the bread with our chickpea topping and serve!

Hope you enjoy this super fun treat!

- You can smear each bread piece with a little butter before putting them in the oven for a buttery crunchy crust!
- To make this dish more "zingy"! you can squeeze some drops of lemon juice over the prepared crostinis just before serving!
- I had some of my friends eating this topped with some Sriracha sauce/Tabasco!
- For the original recipe and a whole lot of amazing recipes visit the link provided above!

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