Weird Snacks

For as long as I can remember, I’ve eaten something sweet with my potato chips.  I love the combo of sweet and salty, but I get strange looks.  I’ve been looking it up on the web, and there are plenty of folks who like odd combos.  Pickles and ice cream are just the start:

  • dill pickles and peanut butter
  • slice of ham, cream cheese spread all over it, wrapped around a dill pickle.
  • banana pepper slices, mayo, wrapped in whole wheat wrap.
  • potato chips and ketchup
  • potato chips crunched up in sandwich.
  • microwaved peeps
  • maple syrup on grits
  • Cold, cooked broccoli spread with mayo and drizzled with lemon juice.
  • Orange Crush and peanuts
  • Olive sandwiches, on white bread with mayo
  • Saltines sprinkled with lemon juice
  • Mix ketchup and horseradish, serve spread on saltines.

I love falafel,so it makes sense that these beans sound yummy.  This recipe was in my Cookie Magazine, and it sounded weird, yet strangely tempting:

Crispy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans

Crispy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans
Crispy Cinnamon Garbanzo Beans

These tasty (no-allergy!) nut alternatives are great to have out around the holidays. Give them to the kids in rolled-up parchment-paper cones.

  • 1 cup dried garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw (or regular granulated) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 Soak the beans overnight in cool water. Drain and pat them dry with paper towels.

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a bowl, toss the beans with the vegetable oil and sugar.
  3. Spread them in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Roast them in the oven until crunchy and no longer soft in the centers, about 45 minutes. (Stir them a few times to prevent burning.)
  4. Immediately toss the beans in a bowl with the cinnamon and salt. Cool and serve, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

TIP: For a savory snack, try tossing the beans with salt, paprika, and freshly ground pepper instead.

Makes 3 cups | 5 minutes active time | 50 minutes total (plus overnight soak)

I’d love to hear about any odd combos you’ve tried!

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