Spanish Chickpea Balls
The recipe Spanish Chickpea Balls could satisfy your European craving in roughly 45 minutes. This gluten free, primal, and vegan recipe serves 4. One serving contains 111 calories, 3g of protein, and 4g of fat. If you have parsley &/or coriander, tomatoes, garlic clove, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it.
In a large bowl combine the minced chickpeas with the garlic, lemon zest, bread crumbs, spices and egg if using; use your hands bring the mixture together adding the olive oil a little at a time until the mixture starts to come together to form a mass. Depending on the chickpeas you use the mixture may be a little dry, add a little lemon juice if you desire to get the right consistency.Once the mixture is moist and combined roll tablespoons of mixture into balls. For best results refrigerate the balls for 30 minutes or so before frying.
Heat 1 tbs of olive oil in a good sized heavy based frypan. Over a medium heat cook the balls in two or three batches, tossing in the pan occasionally until golden all over. Set the cooked chickpea balls aside on paper towel.To make the rich tomato sauce add 1 tbs of olive oil to the same pan; add the onion and cook over a medium to high heat for 2-3 minutes until soft, add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Add the wine and allow to simmer for about 1 minute before adding the tomatoes, tomato paste and stock.
Let the sauce simmer gently for 8-10 minutes.
Add the cayenne and peas, stir to combine, add the chickpea balls and allow to gently simmer for a further 5-10 minutes until sauce has reduced slightly and flavours are rich and spicy.
Remove from heat and toss through chopped herbs.
Serve the Spanish Chickpea Balls as a tapas or with Spanish Rice for a main meal.This recipe was adapted from Albondigas found in Cooking Spainsh published by Murdoch Books.