Fried Chickpeas with Chorizo and Spinach

Chickpeas and Chorizo

This runs the risk of being Very Salty, but if you can avoid that fate, it is Very Tasty.

From Mark Bittman via Tex-Mix

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 cups cooked dry or canned chickpeas, as dry as possible
Salt and black pepper
4 ounces Spanish chorizo, finely diced (3 or 4 small links)
1/2 pound leafy spinach, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sherry (or sweet vermouth, or red wine - but not sherry vinegar)
1/4 cup bread crumbs.

Heat the broiler.

Note: the more chorizo you add, the saltier the dish gets - be careful.

Put three tablespoons of the oil in a skillet large enough to hold chickpeas in one layer over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add chickpeas and sprinkle with pepper and a scant dash of salt.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until chickpeas begin to brown, about 10 minutes, then add chorizo. Continue cooking for another 5 to 8 minutes or until chickpeas are crisp; use a slotted spoon to remove chickpeas and chorizo from pan and set aside.

Add the remainder of the 1/4 cup of oil to the pan; when it’s hot, add spinach and sherry, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook spinach over medium-low heat until very soft and the liquid has evaporated. Add chickpeas and chorizo back to the pan and toss quickly to combine; top with bread crumbs, drizzle with a bit more oil and run pan under the broiler to lightly brown the top. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Optional: Put an egg on it!

Yield: 4 servings.

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