Friday, March 4, 2011

Spinach with Chickpeas

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This recipe, served on bruschetta or toasted bread, would make a wonderful appetizer for a party. It can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 2 days, then brought to room temperature or reheated on medium-low heat before serving..
If you wish to serve it for a family dinner, reduce the ingredients by half.  Serving size is about 1/2 cup.
Cleo, Food Bank volunteer


  • 2 pounds baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 19-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth

1. Rinse spinach and let drain in a colander.  With water still clinging to it, place half the spinach in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Cook, tossing with tongs and adding the remaining spinach by the handful until all is added and wilted, 6 to 8 minutes.  Drain in the colander.  Let cool slightly, then coarsely chop.

2.  Carefully wipe out the pan, then heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is tender and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.  Stir in chickpeas, thyme, oregano, cumin, salt and paprika.  Using a potato masher, mash some of the chickpeas, then cook, stirring for 3 minutes.  Stir in the raisins and broth, scraping up any browned bits.  Add the chopped spinach and stir gently to combine.  Remove from the heat and let stand 10 minutes.  Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil just before serving.

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