Tapas Plate With Marinated Chickpeas

If Taylor had to pick one thing to eat, his last supper of sorts, it would probably look something like this. Savory morsels. Little bites of pork and cheese. To him, this is the ultimate meal.

Tapas Plate With Marinated Chickpeas

Me, on the other hand… I think you know my feelings about pork. I’ll have some bacon or prosciutto here and there, but I have never liked salami or ham or other pork-y cured or processed meats.

But now I realize, if it’s the good stuff, the expensive pork-y cured meats… now THAT I like. While I may be a bargain hunter in many respects, apparently I have expensive taste when it comes to salami.

Like this salami, for example. We picked this up at our neighborhood pasta shop, Lazzaroli’s, that also carries a myriad of delicious Italian goodies, from cheese to olive oil to cured meats. We had heard him mention this special salami before, and despite our usually thrifty food choices and anti-splurge on fancy meat mentality, we decided we deserved a treat (or, I decided Taylor deserved a treat, because I didn’t initially anticipate actually liking the stuff). This salami is authentic Salumi salami made by the Batali family (yes, THAT Batali) in Seattle. Apparently they don’t ship this stuff East of the Mississippi, and I don’t know what hocus pocus Tom pulled to get some, but he did.

The rest of the spread was tasty too, don’t get me wrong; the Manchego cheese is a specialty aged sheep’s milk cheese that almost tastes like Parmesan and might just be one of my new favorites. The chickpea salad was a nice way to break up all the meat and cheese, though I have to say that the poor chickpea salad would have had to have been made from magical legumes and sprinkled with gold leaf to outshine the salami. Good luck with that. Because as good as everything else was, the salami truly stole the show.

Tapas Plate With Marinated Chickpeas

Recipe from Real Simple. Makes 4 servings.


Ingredients:

1 15oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup dried sour cherries or raisins

1/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers

1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 scallions, diced

3 tablespoons olive oil

kosher salt and black pepper

1/2 pound Manchego cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 pound thinly sliced Serrano ham of prosciutto

1/4 pound good quality salami

1/2 cup mixed olives

1/2 small loaf country bread or baguette


Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, raisins, roasted peppers, parsley, scallions, olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.


Serve with the cheese, ham, salami, olives, and bread.


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  1. Good quality cured meat is heavenly! Now that I moved to Italy I can’t stop eating it… mmmm!

  2. Hi there – just discovered your lovely blog. This could be a very bad thing (meant in the nicest possible way, of course)

  3. My husband’s ideal plate would also look something like this. The chickpea salad sounds awesome. I will make it with the magic beans from my garden– might have to run out to pick up the gold leaf, though. ;)

    It was really fun meeting up with you and Taylor yesterday! Hope that your CSA basket provided a delicious dinner!

  4. This is also what my favorite meal looks like. Love antipasti, and this chickpea recipe will be a perfect new component for me to add. Love it! xxSAS

  5. Yeah, this is definitely one of my all time favorites. This meal appears in my dreams EVERY night.

  6. That’s a beautiful spread! I’m with you on the whole eating pigs thing…I’m not a huge fan, but it’s very difficult to turn down bacon and prosciutto.

  7. The salami sounds fantastic! I am a sucker for good cured pork. I saw this recipe in Real Simple, and agree that some nights a spread like this is the perfect dinner.

  8. It was really nice to meet you yesterday! I can’t wait to see all that you make with your CSA!! And, how do you make sorbet? Do you have an ice cream maker? I guess I want to get an ice cream maker, but which one. I have attempted to make ice cream with stirring cream in a container every so often.

    • Likewise! :) We’ll have to do it again sometime!

      As for the ice cream maker, we have the ice cream maker attachment for KitchenAid. Works well, and takes up less space than full machines. But ice cream is one of those things I think you need a contraption for to really get the right consistency.

  9. This looks like the perfect no-fuss weeknight dinner. Something that we’d enjoy eating while watching a movie or catching up on tv. Gotta love snacky foods!

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