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Chickpea polenta with olives

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 wedges
Calories 157

Amount Per Serving
Monounsaturated fat 2 g
Saturated fat 1 g
Total fat 5 g
Sodium 160 mg
Cholesterol 2 mg
Dietary fiber 3 g
Protein 8 g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4

Fried chickpea batter (panisse) is a dish from southern France. In this adaptation broiling replaces frying, yielding a texture similar to that of polenta.

Ingredients

(Serves 8)

For the polenta:

  • 1 3/4 cups chickpea flour
  • 2 cups plain soy milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, oregano or basil, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 egg whites

For the topping:

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in water to rehydrate, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley

Directions

In a blender or food processor, combine the flour, soy milk, stock, olive oil, garlic, thyme, mustard and pepper. Process until smooth. Pour the batter into a large bowl. Let stand for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Heat the oven to 425 F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large, spotlessly clean bowl, using an electric mixer on high, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until puffed and lightly browned around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Heat the broiler. Position the rack 4 inches from the heat source.

While the polenta is cooling, make the topping. In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Add the olives and tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Carefully spoon the onion mixture evenly over the baked polenta and sprinkle with the cheese. Broil until the top is lightly browned. Watch carefully; this takes only about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the parsley. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 squares, then cut the squares on the diagonal into 16 wedges. Serve immediately.

Last Updated: December 19th, 2018