Bourbon Green Beans with Fried Chickpeas

I have two favorite ways to prepare fresh green beans and this is one of them. The combination of the sweetness from the caramelized onions, the crunch from the chickpeas, and the snap from the green beans can’t be compared. Just a hint of bourbon makes this side dish even more special.

{Recipe follows photo instruction.}

First you want to prepare your chickpeas. Drain a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). Put some flour in a resealable bag and add a little salt and pepper to taste. Add the chickpeas to the flour in batches to coat them. Remove from bag with a slotted spoon to get rid of any excess flour. Preheat canola or vegetable oil in a pan and fry the chickpeas in batches until they are nice and crispy and brown. (If you have a splatter shield, use it. A few of those little guys like to fight back with hot oil!) Drain on paper towels or brown bags and season with salt and pepper as soon as they come out. Set aside. (You can munch on them while you prepare the green beans and still have enough for your dish. Not that I do that or anything..)

In a large pot, put 2 lbs. fresh green beans, about 1-2 cups of water, and a little salt to taste. Cover and steam/blanch them for a few minutes. I like to use these fresh green beans in the bag that are already measured, washed, and trimmed.

Drain beans and set aside. In a large, deep skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add one sliced onion and sauté until soft and caramelized. Deglaze the pan with 1 tablespoon bourbon and stir together with onions.

Add salt and pepper to taste and stir fry the beans and onions together until the beans are tender, but not too soft. You want them to still have a bite to them.

Toss in the fried chickpeas (if there’s any left after snacking on them) and serve!

{If you prefer, you can roast your chickpeas rather than fry them for a healthier option.}

Recipe:
Bourbon Green Beans with Fried Chickpeas
Ingredients:
1 can (about 15 oz.) chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
Flour for coating (about 1 cup)
Salt & pepper to season flour
Canola or vegetable oil for frying
2 lbs. fresh green beans, washed and tips trimmed
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, sliced (yellow, white or vidalia)
1 tablespoon bourbon
Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions:
1) Drain a can of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans). Put about a cup of flour in a resealable bag and add a little salt & pepper to taste. Add the chickpeas to the flour in batches to coat them. Remove from bag with a slotted spoon to get rid of any excess flour. Preheat canola or vegetable oil in a pan and fry the chickpeas in batches until they are nice and crispy and brown. (If you have a splatter shield, use it. A few of those little guys like to fight back with hot oil!) Remove with slotted spoon, drain on paper towels, and season with salt and pepper to taste as soon as they come out. Set aside.

2) Put 2 lbs. of fresh green beans in a large pot. Add about 1-2 cups of water and a little salt to taste. Cover and steam/blanch them on medium-high heat for a few minutes. Drain and set aside.

3) Slice onion and melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet that will hold all of the green beans. Sauté the sliced onions in the butter until soft and caramelized. Then add to the pan 1 tablespoon of bourbon to deglaze. Stir to combine and get any of that onion goodness up from the pan.

4) Add the green beans to the skillet with the onions, salt and pepper to taste, and stir it all up to combine. Cook the green beans a little more so that they are tender, but not wilted, and to also warm them up. Do not cook them too long — you want them to still have a bite to them.

5) Toss in the fried chickpeas and serve.

I hope you like this dish as much as we do! I’ll be posting my other favorite way to prepare fresh green beans in the near future.
~Micha

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6 thoughts on “Bourbon Green Beans with Fried Chickpeas

  1. I never would have thought to combine chickpeas with greenbeans,let alone fried chickpeas! This sounds like a party in your mouth, Wil lbe trying this this week, Bet the kiddos will love this! 🙂

  2. This looks really, really good. I usually prefer roasted chick peas to fried, but I have not tried coating them with flour… I also have not added them to green beans. I will definitely try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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