Smashed Chickpea Dip

In our last post, we learned a little bit about beans. Now, let’s put that knowledge to use! The beans we are using to day are chickpeas. Chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans. You can find canned chickpeas next to your other common beans in the store such as black beans and pinto beans. Let’s look at the complete list of ingredients you will need to gather:

  • Canned chickpeas
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

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Our first step will be to peel the chickpeas. The outer covering is completely edible and you may choose to leave it on, but peeling the chickpeas makes them easier to mash and will give you a smoother finished product. Peeling a chickpea can be done by simply pinching one end, the outer covering should pop right off.

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Next, add 1/3 cup water, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, and a dash of salt and pepper to your chickpeas. Then, start mashing! If you you want to mash by hand, use a combination of a whisk and a fork.

Mashing by hand, we were able to get our beans to this texture:

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If you are wanting a smoother bean dip and have access to a food processor or blender, use those appliances to mix until smooth.

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It’s just that simple! You now have a Smashed Chickpea Dip to use on just about anything. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Spread this on your sandwich bread instead of mayo
  • Dip carrot sticks or other veggies in this instead of ranch
  • Spread on a tortilla and fill with vegetables for a fresh wrap
  • Use as a dip for crackers and top with chopped vegetables

These are not the only options, come up with your own creations! Here is how ours turned out:

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This recipe is incredibly fast and easy. It is simple enough that it leaves room for a lot of creating. If you would like to be creative, try using different spices or beans.

Smashed Chickpea Dip

Happy Creating!

– Kids Create Team

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