I guess I should include a little disclaimer here--I'm not generally a huge fan of peas and beans. If the pea ain't purple and the bean ain't green then I ain't interested, generally speaking. And don't even get me started on how much I hate black-eyed peas...
...both the kind you eat and these guys right here.
I was skeptical to say the least. Also, having tried hummus (for the love of all things delicious never do I want to eat hummus again), I was fairly certain I wasn't going to fall in love with the humble chickpea.
I had a recipe for toasted chickpeas and thought this was my best shot at liking them...as I'm generally a fan of all things crispy. So first I opened the can and rinsed the chickpeas. Let me just say that when I opened the can the aroma wafting up to my nostrils was reminiscent of canned dog-food. Then I drained the chickpeas on some paper towels. The trick was you want them to get completely dry. So I patted them really good.
Then you spread them out on a cookie sheet, sprayed with cooking spray, and put them in a preheated oven and bake at 375 for 35 minutes. Once they're out of the oven, they'll be golden brown and will be crunchy throughout. Sprinkle them with whatever spices you want. I used salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little chili powder.
They were less than mediocre. Not terrible, not good. They tasted sort of like nothing. I mean, had there been no spices on them I wouldn't have tasted much. So they kind of just taste like whatever spices you use. I came to the conclusion that if I never eat another chickpea again I'll be ok. I didn't hate them but I wouldn't choose to eat them on purpose. Between the two of us, we ate maybe seven peas...I threw the rest away. That was .68 cents and 40 minutes of my life I'll never get back.