Chickpea Fries with Romanesco Sauce

Chickpea Fries with Romanesco Sauce

chickpeafry1 cup chickpea flour, sifted

1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for finishing

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/8 tsp. cayenne

2 T. olive oil plus more for frying

Line an 8X8 square pan with parchment paper, set aside. Have all of your ingredients measured out and ready. Once you add the chickpea flour to the boiling water you won’t want to take the time to measure anything out because this comes together very fast. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Gradually add the chickpea flour, whisking constantly to avoid lumps (if you sifted the flour this will help eliminate lumps as well). Turn the heat down to low and whisk in a teaspoon of kosher salt along with the pepper, paprika, cayenne and olive oil. Cook for one more minute, stirring constantly.  Spread the chickpea mixture into an even layer in the pan. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then cover loosely and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to a day.  Heat 1/8 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In the meantime, lift the chickpea mixture out of the pan by the edges of the parchment. Cut the chickpea mixture into 16 fries (about 4″ long by 1/2″ wide). Place batches of the fries into the hot oil, turning when browned. I fried mine for about 4 minutes one each side. You don’t want them to brown too fast or they will not cook in the center. After all sides are browned, removed the fries from the oil with a spider or slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the warm fries with salt. Repeat with the remaining fries. Serve with Romanesco sauce.


Romanesco Sauce

1 large tomato, cored

1 dried ancho chile

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 T. walnuts

2 T. raw almonds

1 (1/2 inch thick) slice firm bread cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I used a gluten free vegan artisan bread)

2 large garlic cloves, sliced

1 cup canned artichoke hearts in water, drained and quartered

1/8 tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes

2 T. water

1 T. red wine vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt to taste


Put oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 400F. Line a small baking pan with foil. Roast the tomato in the pan until tender and skin peels off easily, about 30 minutes. While tomato is roasting, slit the chile open lengthwise and discard stem and seeds. Tear the chile into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then add the chile and cook, stirring until fragrant and the chile turns a brighter red, 30-60 seconds. Transfer the chile with a slotted spoon to a heatproof bowl. Add the walnuts, almonds, bread, garlic, artichoke and red pepper flakes to the hot pan and cook, stirring until the bread and garlic are golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add the mixture (including the oil) to the chile and cool slightly.  When the tomato is cool enough to handle, peel the tomato, discarding the peel. Coarsely chop the tomato and transfer (with juices) to a food processor. Add the bread and chile mixture, water, vinegar and salt to the food processor and puree until smooth. Thin with water if desired. Season with salt to taste.

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