Italian Appetisers

ITALIAN CHICKPEA BALLS

These are really fabulous on their own as a hot antipasto or served over a bed of cooked spinach for a filling but inexpensive light supper.

SERVINGS:6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 14-ounce can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, ends trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, scraped and chopped
  • 1 leek (white part) cut into rings
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • Fine sea salt to taste
  • Canola Oil for Frying

METHOD

Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.

Add the pepper, zucchini, carrot, leek and garlic to the food processor and pulse until the mixture looks minced.

Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and stir in the minced vegetables; cook until softened.

Cool about 5 minutes.

Transfer the vegetables o the bowl with the chickpeas.

Add one egg and mix well. With wet hands form 1 inch balls. Set aside.

Beat the remaining two eggs in a shallow bowl and place the bread crumbs in another shallow bowl.

Coat each ball in egg then in bread crumbs and place on a dish.

When all the balls are coated, heat 4 cups of oil in a heavy duty pot or a deep fryer to 375°F.

Fry the balls a few at a time until golden brown and use a slotted spoon to transfer them to absorbent paper to drain.

Serve warm.

 

 

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