RECIPE: Chickpea Panisse
I recently had dinner out with a friend at a great restaurant in Montclair, NJ called Faubourg. My friend is in the restaurant industry and knew the owner, who was gracious enough to comp us a few items we hadn't ordered. One of the items I had never heard of- chickpea panisse.
Panisse is a chickpea fritter which originates in the south of France. At first bite it tasted like an over-the-top cheesy decadent treat. It is similar in consistency to a polenta fry- a crunchy exterior and creamy interior. Turns out it is just chickpea flour, water, olive oil and salt! So easy to make and tastes incredible. Nothing like plant-based comfort food!
This is perfect for our vegan or vegetarian clients. Approved for clients on the ADAPT and LIVE phases of our plans, but watch your portion size, as these do go down easy! Bon Appetit!
1 cup chickpea (garbanzo) flour
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Put water, oil and salt in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and bring *almost* to a boil
Oil an 8 x 8 pan and set aside
Once the water is steaming but not boiling, shake in the chickpea flour while whisking constantly to combine
Once the flour is added, switch to a flat wooden spoon and stir constantly over medium heat until glossy and combined, about 10 minutes. (There will be lumps)
Pour into the 8 x 8 pan and allow to cool for at least 1 hour
Slice into cubes or "fries"
You can make this in an oven by spraying them with avocado oil and placing on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 F for 10 min on each side, until golden brown.
Heat 1 tsp of avocado oil over medium high heat. Once sizzling add the chickpea cubes in batches to the oil, being careful not to crowd the pan. Sear until crispy golden brown on the outside, turning once.
Transfer to a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
Serve warm or room temperature with your sauce of choice! We like truffle hot sauce, but anything goes.