If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer to start off your dinner.
Or an irresistible finger food for your next party.
Or a mouthwatering snack to comfort you when life happens.
Look no further!
These Italian chickpea panelle are just what you need. They are scrumptious and insanely addictive. Slightly crispy on the outside, delicate and soft on the inside. The recipe is easy, quick, and requires only require very few ingredients.
Don’t you need these in your life too?!?
If you’ve never had one of these before, panelle are a traditional Sicilian snack or appetizer. They are made from chickpea flour, cooked into a polenta, flavored with freshly ground pepper and lots of chopped Italian parsley, cut into wedges when cold, and fried until golden and puffy.
If you were in Palermo right now walking around town, you’d be enticed by the aroma coming for street vendors of fried panelle, generally served in a delicious-smelling sandwich bun with sesame seeds on top.
Here in Los Angeles you can for sure find them at Sotto Restaurant (one of my favorite dinner spots), served piping hot, sprinkled with lots of pecorino cheese, and lemon wedges on the side. A must-have for my boys to kick-off dinner.
Did you check out my video recipe?!? Now you can recreate these mouthwatering chickpea fries right in your kitchen!
As I mentioned the recipe is pretty easy and quick. The hardest part is actually finding the chickpea flour. Bob’s Red Mill is the most common brand around here that makes it. I found it at my local Whole Foods store. I guess… not that hard to find after all :)
Once you have the chickpea flour, your job is almost done. Make a polenta with the flour (takes only about 15 minutes). Spread it out on a baking sheet to cool (about half hour). Cut into wedges and fry.
These are pretty easy to fry (no splatters!) and only take a few minutes per side. The panelle need to look lightly golden on each side, and should puff up a little. Just like this …