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Oven Toasted Ceci

Submitted by Sandi J

Ceci, also known as garbanzo or chickpeas, are a versatile and delicious bean. The key ingredient for falafel, they can also be used to jazz up your salads in place of traditional croutons, or just serve as a tasty snack.


  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Optional toppings:

  • Sirachia or your favorite hot sauce
  • Za’atar herb mix
  • Dried oregano & lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with foil. A roasting pan may also be used. Place paper towel on the foil/pan.
  2. After rinsing and draining well, pour chickpeas onto the paper towel and dry thoroughly. Discard the paper towel once beans and surface are dry.
  3. Discard all paper towel and add oil to the beans, coating well. Add more oil if desired. Season lightly with salt, and give a final stir.
  4. Spread the beans evenly on the baking surface and place in the oven for 15 minutes, giving a quick stir and cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
  5. Cook time will depend on desired texture, with the bean changing from soft to a slightly crispy exterior while the inside is soft, and ultimately to very crunchy. Test a bean after 20 minutes to decide if you want to cook longer.
  6. Remove from the oven and pour into a serving bowl. Za’atar should be added while beans are still hot to bloom the herbs. Juice a lemon and toss with oregano, or eat as is.
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