Food, Wine, Rock & Roll

Part food blog, part jam session

I discovered this recipe several years ago while visiting my sister.  I met a friend for coffee and she had a Martha Stewart magazine with her.  I was still relatively early in my cooking experience and was looking for new and interesting things to make; I needed to get out of the rut I had found myself in so I started flipping through her magazine.  I stumbled upon this and couldn’t wait to get home to test it out.  It was a huge success and has been in my repertoire ever since.

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. can chickpeas (drained; reserve juice)
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1/2 cp. low-fat plain yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Preparation

Chickpea Patty

In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, parsley, garlic, cumin, 1/4 tsp. salt, and pepper until coarsely chopped and mixture comes together when gently squeezed.  If mixture is too course, very slowly add some of the reserved chickpea juice until desired consistency is reached.

Patting between your hands, make 1/2 inch patties out of the mixture.  Coat with flour.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook the patties in the skillet until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes per side)

Dressing Preparation

In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper.

Place chickpea patties on warmed flatbread and drizzle with yogurt dressing.

Serve with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese.

Drinks

This is a very light, refreshing dish that can easily be overwhelmed by many pairings.  It needs something that is equally light and refreshing.  Indaba wineries makes the perfect Chardonnay for this dish.  It has the crisp flavors of fresh fruits and a hint of citrus that goes very well with the yogurt dressing on the dish.  It also has a nice balance of creaminess to it that blends with and complements the chickpea patty.

Music

The perfect album for this fresh, light meal is on that is fun, eclectic, and created by hippies.  For that, there is no album more perfect than Rusted Root’s When I Woke.  This band is the definition of the modern-day hippy and the album is full of tracks that just make you want to dance, sing, & laugh.


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