Smoky Fried Chickpeas

100609F_07812 large cans chickpeas
1 cup Olive Oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest, strips
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 coarse salt to taste
4 pieces garlic, sliced

Drain Chickpeas and set on paper towels over a colander to dry throughly (can be done 1 day in advance)
Heat oil in large pan (preferably cast iron) to 355 or until oil make bubbles around 1 chickpea.
add lemon zest, thyme sprig, chickpeas in batches so pan doesn’t crowd
fry about 5 minutes until crunchy & colour changes
remove from oil, drain well over colander/sieve, add garlic, fry till golden
Toss with smoked paprika & salt, add more if necessary..serve warm

Chef:  Aliwaks on Food 52

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