Fried Chickpeas with Chorizo and Spinach

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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