Planning your Thanksgiving menu? While turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie are — most likely — on the menu, mix things up with a new dish to serve to your friends and family. This Thanksgiving recipe for braised chickpeas comes Roti Mediterranean Grill, which has more than 20 restaurants around the country. While it’s a fast-casual spot, all of its menu items are fresh and made with bold flavors that are influenced by Mediterranean cuisine.
This dish will make a great addition to the festivities, and not just because vegetarians can enjoy it too. It’s packed with flavor, and works as a great side dish with its crushed tomato, sweet onion, and toasted fennel.
But enough talk. How do you make this healthy but tasty dish?
Braised Chickpeas Recipe for Thanksgiving
- 2 cups dried organic chickpeas (soak these overnight in water)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 fennel bulb (after cut in half, remove the core and then thinly sliced)
- 1 sweet onion (either Maui or Vidalia, cut in half and thinly sliced)
- 5 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- 2 cups canned organic San Marzano tomatoes, hand crushed
- 1 cup vegetable stock or water
- 1 tbsp Kosher salt
- 8 turns of fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
- 1/2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Warm a sauce pot over medium heat with oil and fennel seeds, and allow to cook until the seeds turn slightly golden brown.
- Reduce the pan to low heat, and to the mixture add the fennel, garlic, onions, and the chili flakes for a touch of heat.
- Cook this vegetable mixture until they soften and sweat (and lose their color), making sure not to cook them to long that they caramelize.
- Drain the chickpeas, and then add them to the mix in the pot.
- To this pot, add the crushed tomatoes, along with either the stock or water, and salt and pepper. Bring this mix to a boil, and then cover and cook over low heat until the chickpeas have just cooked through.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add in the herbs and balsamic vinegar; stir and then serve!
What other items will be on your Thanksgiving menu? For more inspiration in the kitchen, see these pumpkin inspired recipes.
Roti will be opening a new location in Northbrook, IL — under the name Roti Modern Mediterranean — in November 2015.