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May 11, 2013 10:02 AM

Uh-oh, what to do with 7 lbs of chickpeas...

This morning's Costco trip involved an impulse buy of a huge can of chickpeas, almost 7 lbs total. I'm now trying to figure out what we can do with them before they go funky. Current plans include a big batch of hummus, some sort of pasta (cacio e pepe e ceci?), and trying a Mediterranean chickpea latkes recipe from Epicurious. Any other favorite chickpea dishes or recipes you'd like to share?

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      1. re: cheesecake17

        Yeah, I love them roasted. I saute first in a little olive oil with garlic, toss in a mixture of cumin, salt and paprika, and bake at low heat in a single layer in the oven until crunchy.

        If you just bake them, toss with the spices when they're still fairly damp, to get them to stick.

        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

          I usually toss with olive oil and spices and bake. Cumin, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper.

      2. re: maxie

        And they will last forever once roasted

      3. Forget the cacio e pepe idea (IMO), but make the base for pasta e ceci only don't add the pasta till you're ready to serve. It freezes beatifully. Let me know if you need a recipe. I would also be tempted to divide the chickpeas with some of their liquid among manageable-sized containers or bags and freeze for later. I am always freezing cooked legumes.

        1. I haven't made this recipe, but I had a very similar version at a restaurant and it was super good. Could either be a main dish or a side, I had it as a side:

          Also, chana masala.

          1. make falafel and freeze some of them-

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            1. re: jpr54_1

              felafel is made with soaked dried chickpeas not canned.

              1. re: rasputina

                With that much the poster can afford to experiment!

                I'd go with roasted chickpeas a la the first reply, after making hummous.

            2. Just put the extra into freezer bags and freeze. I do it all the time.