These Baked Chickpeas with Tomato and Eggs are the perfect lazy night dinner, so lazy in fact you could if eat it straight from the pan… Naughty!
Baked Chickpeas with Tomato and Eggs.
This chickpea bake is very similar in many ways to my shakshouka recipe.
It is essentially lots of good stuff baked in a skillet with a couple of eggs.
It really is the ultimate lazy day recipe, so lazy you could even eat it straight from the pan!
This version owes a huge debt of gratitude to a marvelous British based blogger who specialises in breakfast and brunch dishes…
Tinas writes at The Worktop and concentrates on breakfast recipes. I’ve taken one of her ideas and created a dinner/supper dish.
Serve this with some nice seeded bread and you are good to go.
What Goes Well With Chickpeas?
Typically the first things that spring to mind to me when I think of chickpeas are either North African food or Indian food.
Recipes like my Morrocan Beef Meatballs with Bulgur wheat and chickpeas or Indian Chole Chickpea Curry recipe are perfect examples of this.
But they are actually relatively common in European food too.
This baked chickpeas recipe is loosely influenced by both Spanish and Italian ideas. You could easily swap out the chorizo in this recipe for a nice salami or pepperoni.
If you ask me tomatoes are a perfect partner for chickpeas which makes this thick rich tomato sauce the perfect base to bake these chickpeas in.
How to Buy Chorizo Sausage.
There are dozens of Chorizo sausage variations. Although in general there are two major types, cooked and uncooked.
Unsurprisingly you need to cook one of them before eating and the other you do not.
You can actually use either in this recipe although I personally prefer the cooked version.
I think cooking the chorizo ‘twice’ adds a more complex flavour to the recipe.
Then you need to decide spicy or mild… Now for me, it has to be spicy, but give me a choice between spicy or mild I will always choose spicy!
Most importantly get to know a brand or a supplier, no two chorizo producers will produce the same sausage.
They will all be a little different!
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 75 g Onion
- 50 g Celery
- 4 Cloves Garlic
- 100 g Spicy Chorizo
- 1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Fennel
- 1 Tsp Dried Thyme
- 400 g Tin Plum tomatoes
- 400 g Tin Chickpeas
- 50 ml Water
- 80 g Spinach
- 2 Eggs
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Finely dice the onion and celery.
- Mash the garlic.
- Cut the Chorizo into a 1cm dice.
- Roughly chop the tinned tomatoes and drain the chickpeas.
- Heat the oil in your cast iron skillet over a medium heat and preheat your oven to 190°C or 375°F.
- Fry off the onion and celery in the cooking oil until softened which should take 5-6 minutes.
- Add in the mashed garlic and the Chorizo and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cloves, cumin, fennel and thyme for 30 seconds.
- Now add in the tomatoes, chickpeas and water and allow to cook on a steady simmer for 10 minutes, tasting and adding salt and pepper as required.
- Stir in the spinach and finally crack in the twe eggs and transfer to the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes.
Serve with some nice bread and a couple of spoons.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 769Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 230mgSodium: 916mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 20gSugar: 18gProtein: 40g