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The Humble Chickpea

1 Apr

           There is just something about chickpeas that makes me love them so much. Their taste, versatility, and texture packed into such a tiny package makes for excellent eating. During Lent this year I have eaten primarily seafood and tons of veggies but I needed something a little more toothsome. Then I remembered a simple recipe that my Yia Yia used to make during this time. The humble chickpea gets dressed up in a simple tomato sauce and boy does it satisfy. So here is that great recipe for your vegetarian enjoyment.

Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce

2-15.5oz cans of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

2-8oz cans of Tomato Sauce

3 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper, to taste

(Simple right?!)

       Drain and rinse your chickpeas and add to your pot. Add your tomato sauce, olive oil, S&P, and give it a good stir. Now add some water just to cover your chickpea mix. Stir well to incorporate. Bring your chickpeas to a boil then reduce to a strong simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Stir your chickpeas frequently because they tend to sink to the bottom. Do not cover; you want to cook most of the liquid out to make a thick sauce. I do suggest a splatter screen though; unless you like tomato sauce all over your stove, haha. In thirty minutes you have a delicious, satisfying vegetarian meal. Enjoy!

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Balsamic Glazed Onions and the Creation of the Best Burger Ever!

12 Feb

       There is just something about balsamic vinegar that just blows the mind. Between its striking dark color and its sweet and tangy flavors balsamic vinegar has become a favorite of food enthusiasts the world over. I have enjoyed it in mixed bean salads, reduced and drizzled over a piece of garlic bread; the list goes on and on. There was one day, though, when balsamic vinegar became the star of one of the greatest burgers I have ever eaten.

It was a normal Saturday and I was grilling up some burgers for the family. I had fried onion rings already for a side dish, but I wasn’t really feeling the normal lettuce and tomato for my burger. So I decided to raid my refrigerator and cupboards for some inspiration. One broken bottle and an avalanche of cans later I found the answer, balsamic vinegar. So what exactly am I going to do with it? I can reduce it and drizzle it over my patty. Nope, that is way too over done; well I have some Spanish onions…ding! I can glaze some sliced onions with the balsamic vinegar!

I got straight to work and here is the recipe for you to enjoy:

 

Balsamic Glazed Onions

Makes 4 servings

2 large onions, it will reduce when it cooks

2 tablespoons Olive oil

½ cup Balsamic Vinegar

Salt/Pepper, to taste

Dried or fresh rosemary, to taste

2 cups Sliced mushrooms (amazing option and combo)

        Slice your onions as thinly as possible and add to a pan. Add olive oil and salt and pepper to your onions and toss well to coat. Add your balsamic vinegar and toss well to coat. Cook your onions tossing frequently over medium to medium high heat until your onions are darkly glazed. There should be minimal to no liquid left in your pan. I f you have thicker pieces of onion it might take a little longer to glaze them. Don’t fret they don’t all have to be perfect. Top burgers with the onions and enjoy. You can also stuff chicken breast with them and some added goat cheese, and even make a pizza replacing the sauce with the onions. The pizza is really good and has become a staple in my house. There are tons of ways these onions can be used, have fun experimenting. Enjoy!

Warning: These onions will be very tangy and strong in flavor, you won’t need to pile on too many to get maximum impact, don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉

      

       I topped my juicy cheeseburger with the glazed onions followed by a mini tower of crispy onion rings.  I took my first bite and I knew that this would not be the last time I made this. It was so good and so different that I had to share it with the family. They enjoyed it so much that they beg me to make it every time I visit. It’s funny how families put you to work when you visit haha. What are you waiting for?  Go get your burger on!

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