Sunday, April 29, 2012

Recipe: Awesome Babbo Chickpea Bruschetta

This is a great appetizer inspired by Mario Batali's famous modern Italian restaurant Babbo in NYC! It is so easy and fast to make, and delicious!

1 C cooked chickpeas
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 TB Olive tapenade
1 TB Balsamic vinegar
1 TB Olive oil
Red chili flakes (to taste)
Pinch fresh black pepper
Some finely chopped rosemary (optional)
Fresh crusty bread

Warm chickpeas in olive oil in a pan. Put in bowl. Add all ingredients. Let sit 20 minutes for better flavor.

Slice bread and place a scoop on each. Drizzle with olive oil if desired.

Hint: For the bruschetta base, brush one side of bread with olive oil, sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt and pepper, and toast oil side down on a hot pan, or oil side up in a broiler, to get a crunchy texture.
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