Crispy Chickpea Cakes With Yogurt and Romaine

Time30 minutes
YieldsServes 4
Canned chickpeas are blitzed with herbs to make crispy, warm fritters in this easy dish. Prop styling by Sean Bradley.
Canned chickpeas are blitzed with herbs to make crispy, warm fritters served with yogurt and salad greens in this easy dish. Prop styling by Sean Bradley.
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Pulse the ingredients for these chickpea cakes just enough to blend together but stay slightly chunky for crispier cakes. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also mash them roughly with a fork, and they’ll still come together well. You’re going to use 1 1/2 cups (about half) of the Marinated Chickpeas that you prepped Sunday for this recipe (make sure to rewarm them over medium heat before serving). If you didn’t plan ahead, simply heat 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons za’atar in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to sizzle, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in one can (15.5 ounces) drained chickpeas. Season with salt and pepper and let stand while you prep the rest of the recipe.


In a large bowl, toss the red onion with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Place the yogurt in a separate, small bowl, and season with salt and pepper.


Place the chickpeas (and any oil) into a food processor along with the parsley, flour and egg and pulse until easily moldable (about the texture of tuna salad).


Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, add rounded tablespoonfuls of the chickpea mixture to the hot oil and flatten gently with the back of the spoon. Fry, flipping halfway through, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chickpea cakes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.


Add the olive oil and romaine to the bowl with the onions, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Spread the yogurt on a serving platter or individual plates and top with the chickpea cakes and salad.

Marinated Chickpeas
Combine 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon za’atar in a small saucepan. Grate 2 peeled garlic cloves into the pan and place over medium heat. Cook, swirling occasionally, until mixture is sizzling and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and add 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) drained chickpeas. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to combine.

Let marinate at room temperature until ready to use or covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Let the chickpeas sit for 30 minutes to come to room temperature before using.

You’ll also use these chickpeas in the recipe for Chickpea Salad Bowls with Cucumbers, Feta and Za’atar.