Even when you think you have nothing left at home, you can make an original appetiser with just a can of pre-cooked chickpeas and some breadcrumbs (or cornflour/ quick-cook polenta). That’s what I love about cooking. The easier, the better. Especially since I’m a mum.
Positive: Simple to make. It’s basically made with 1 ingredient! Just don’t forget to season with herbs or spices.
Negative: If you don’t like hummus or chickpeas, this recipe is not for you.
- 1 can of pre-cooked chickpeas (400 g or 240 g drained)
- quick-cook polenta (or cornflour or breadcrumbs)
You should also have: olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder or whatever spices you want to try.
I don’t know where to start… Oh yes! Open the can of chickpeas, drain most of the water, season with salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic powder and blend with a hand blender. And you are already halfway in making chickpea patties. Yay! (Unless you don’t have a hand blender and need to squash your chickpeas with a fork… sorry, that way it will take longer.)
Now you have a thick purée-consistency.
Shape this purée with your hands into mini sausages (about 12-13). Roll them in polenta (or flour or breadcrumbs).
Heat two spoons of olive oil in a non-sticky pan on medium heat. Fry delicately your chickpea patties until each side is lightly golden, about 5 minutes.
Serve with a sweet and sour sauce >> next post :)
My advice: These chickpea patties are perfect with a sweet and sour sauce, or even a hot tomato sauce to boost the rather plain flavour of chickpea… though I also eat them as they are, flavoured with rosemary and garlic!