What goes with sushi?

So the other night, Mark and I decided to have dinner together and watch the Sabres game on TV….oh wait, that’s right…Time Warner dropped MSG. We decided to have dinner together and watch the online feed of the Sabres game streamed over my laptop onto my TV. (the mcguyver nerd solution)

We decided on ordering sushi takeout from the place around the corner from me (dangerously convenient).  We planned on a side salad, but Mark wanted something more as a ‘nervous food’ for the game.  After scouring the internet for “sushi side dishes” and not finding much that would work, we came to an answer:

Roasted garbanzo beans! (or chick peas, as some call them)

We took awhile to decide how to season them, but ultimately they were SO easy to make.  I forgot to take pictures, so I stole one from a website with a link to 15 ways to flavor your roasted garbanzo beans (in case you get stuck for ideas).  I remembered having a similar bar-type snack at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore (while I drank my Singapore Sling), but I had no idea if they were actually garbanzo beans, or how they were seasoned.  All I remember is they looked like spicy roasted nuts, but they weren’t!  It’s quite possible that they were a variation of this…

15 ways to flavor garbanzo beans

Roasted Garbanzo Beans:

* 1 can garbanzo beans. Drained, rinsed, dried well on paper towels. You can leave the shell skin on or off – either way tastes great!
* Olive Oil
* Spice Mixture (we used 2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper)
* Oven preheated at 350 degrees

Toss the garbanzo beans in a bowl til they are lightly coated with olive oil.  Repeat process with spice mixture. Spread out on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30-50 minutes.  Beans should be mostly crunchy.  They tend to burn in the last few minutes, so keep an eye on them after 30 min and don’t be afraid to try a few – just to check =)

…in hindsight, we should’ve made 2 cans.  These were gone pretty fast!

In addition to our sushi, garbanzo beans, and salad, we decided that our christmas present of florida orange wine would be a perfect pairing to the rest of the asian flavors.  It made for quite the delicious meal!  Now only if the Sabres would’ve won….



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