Trying to recreate Moustache's spinach and chickpea deliciousness
- alignment Aug 11, 2009 04:48 PM
Hi! I'm new to the boards, and although I've been reading for a while, I was compelled to post for the first time today. I used to live in Manhattan (since moved far upstate), and still remember how much I loved the spinach and chickpea dish at Moustache (they call it a "salad," but I recall it as having all been cooked together -- here is the URL for the menu: http://www.moustachepitza.com/salads....).
It has (as the menu says) tomatoes (or tomato sauce), lemon juice, and onions (which had been cooked, if memory serves). I read online in a posting on Chow.com from 2003 from someone re-creating this same dish that it may also have had harissa.
It was so, SO very good. I have been looking all around for a recipe approximating this -- I bet it's simple, and I would be thrilled if someone either had the recipe or a close approximation.
(If I've posted in the wrong place, please let me know that too!)
I haven't lived in NY for 12 years, but I have a taste memory of that spinach chickpea dish! I've made it several times over the years, using the NY Times recipe linked to below. I can say that the recipe is close, but I've gotten closer making a couple of adjustments: I use 1 large spanish onion, just over half the tomatoes (I use the Pomi crushed tomatoes in the box), and I use 1.5 times the spinach. Otherwise it's too onion-y and tomato-y and not spinach-y enough. I also add more salt and more lemon than the recipe calls for. It's pretty darn close!