Jan 29, 2014

Chickpea cheese straws


After trying several recipes, I've decided to come up with my own. Yep...with chickpeas.

Recipe by Gray Apron
time: 30 minutes
makes 10 long straws

 ingredients 
1 cup (140 g) cooked chickpeas*
2 1/2 oz (70 g) or more** cheddar cheese, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt


 instructions 
Preheat oven to 180C/350F (fan forced function). Line one baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a food processor with steel blades, blend chickpeas with cheese, salt and cayenne pepper till smooth mass forms (about 1 minute). Add baking powder and blend for another 10 seconds till all powder absorbed and mixed in.

On a rolling board, with your hands, form little-finger-size bars, long or short. Arrange them on a lined baking sheet, spaced 2 inch/5cm apart. 

Press them gently with teeth of a fork and set in the hot oven for about 14 minutes, till dry-looking. 

Remove from the heat, let it cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and than transfer onto a cooling rack for further drying.


NNOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES
  • nice, light, tasty...and hot, just like Julian ordered;
  • adjust cayenne to your liking: taste the dough before adding baking powder;
  • the chickpea straws don't snap but they do crumble;
  • *1 cup cooked chickpeas = 1/2 cup dry, uncooked; 
  • to prepare chickpeas: I soak them overnight and then cook in a pressure cooker for 15 minutes (no salt), 30 minutes w/o pressure. I don't cook just 1/2 cup...I make more, use some for the straws and the rest for lunch or something...
  • if your pre-cooked chickpeas got a chance to get cold and dry, place them in a boiling/hot water for a minute; drain, let them cool a bit and then blend; 
  • **this morning, I made a second batch with 120 g (4 oz) cheese; it worked too;
  • they got flatter and more crumbly...but more cheesy, if you prefer.
  • I bet this recipe would work with any hard, yellow cheese, but I like cheddar, because it tastes American, just like the cheese straws.

21 comments:

  1. Dear Elzbieta, These would greatly be appreciated in my home. They sound wonderful.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  2. Love these chickpeas Straw Ela!!


    I made your Chestnut and chocolate cream and I posted:)

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    1. ...just hopped and saw them...ufff, glad it worked for you, Gloria! And thanks for the mention :) ela

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    2. haha! Yours récipes ARE wonderful and I was sure your récipe will be wonderful!!
      Thanks by a delicious récipe Ela!!!
      xxxx

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    3. You are too kind... :)

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  3. Never heard or know about this kind of chickpea cheese straw, sounds interesting!!!

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  4. I'd love to have these on hand for snack right now! Love the chickpeas instead of butter.

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  5. I do a lot of things with its counterpart besan (bengal gram daal flour). This is an interesting recipe to try.

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  6. Love your creativity! Looks so good (I'm obsessed with anything cheese!)

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  7. I've never had chickpea cheese straws before but they look so crunchy and tasty I'd love to try!

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  8. This is such a great idea! Can't wait to give it a try, Ela.

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  9. Oooh, these look deliciously crunchy, Ela!

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  10. What a great use of chicpeas.
    :-) Mandy xo

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  11. I love this recipe! I will add it to my "chickpea" collection!!

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    1. You got me started on the collection, Layla. :)

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  12. What a unique recipe! I love chickpeas, and these cheese straws look so delicious - I would eat too many of them if I had them around. :)

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  13. These cheese-straws look great Ela! I love chickpeas and this is such a great creative recipe :)

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  14. Ela, the chick-pea queen...Awesome!

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    1. I'd rather be the Dancing Queen, Jasna. :)

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  15. A brilliant idea to enjoy chickpeas!I will try it!
    Kisses from Greece!

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  16. great combo! anytime you add chickpeas makes you feel healthier ;)

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