Melissa's Cuisine: Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas

Crisp and salty Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas are a unique and delicious snack. You won't be able to eat just one!
Melissa's Cuisine: Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas
How was your Holiday weekend?  Were you lucky enough to get a 3 day weekend?  Did you spend lots of time with family and friends?  I had a busy, but fun, weekend.  On Saturday, we took a day trip to Shipshewana.  It's a little under a 2 hour drive from our house, so the perfect distance for a day away.  We did a lot of shopping and scored a lot of deals.  Oh the deals!  And the food...the food was amazing!  Sunday was our typical Sunday: church and then lunch with my parents.  We also got together with our small group, so that was a fun ending to our day.  Then Monday was a family/do stuff around the house day.  I did a bit of shopping, planted my garden, and did some random projects around the house.

Yes, a busy, but fun weekend indeed!
Melissa's Cuisine: Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas
When it's so busy, I love to have quick snacks to grab on the go.  These Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas are the perfect snack.  You can grab a handful on the fly, or put a few in a bowl to enjoy while relaxing.  They're fun enough that you could serve them at a party too!

I tried baked chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) a while back when some friends were raving about them.  To be honest, I wasn't impressed.  My chickpeas didn't get crispy, so it was like eating warm chickpeas.  Pretty boring if you ask me.  I wasn't really interested in trying them again until I saw a recipe on Authentic Suburban Gourmet, my assigned blog for last week's Secret Recipe Club reveal.  Since the Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites turned out so delicious, I thought I'd give these chickpeas a try.

I'm glad I did!  I don't know if it was the bacon, or the Parmesan, or the crisp chickpeas which did it for me, but whatever it was, I've been won over!  These chickpeas needed to bake for a long time to get crispy (where I failed last time I made them).  A few weren't so crisp, but most of them were and that made all the difference in this snack!

Besides, it has bacon in it.  How can you go wrong?!
Melissa's Cuisine: Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas
Bacon Parmesan Chickpeas

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas
2 slices of bacon
Parmesan cheese

1.  Drain and rinse chickpeas.  Remove any outer skins and discard.

2.  Cook bacon until crisp (don't drain the grease!).  Remove from pan and crumble.

3.  Add the chickpeas to the pan that you cooked the bacon in stir to coat the chickpeas in the bacon drippings.

4.  Spread chickpeas onto a cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until chickpeas are crisp.

5.  Remove chickpeas from the oven and top with crumbled bacon, salt, and Parmesan cheese.

Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

If you have leftovers, store them in a covered container in the fridge.  I did find that these are best eaten the day they are made.

Source: Authentic Suburban Gourmet


  1. I am trying this over the weekend. Sounds amazing!


  2. I just love the roasted Chickpeas and this looks like a very flavorful recipe. I have a problem with mine not being crispy enough, any idea's? I will try your recipe soon so if you have an idea for super crispy, I would sure appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  3. I've never had chickpeas as a snack, but if I was going to try some, this recipe sounds like just the one I would want to try! I swung by today from Tuesday’s Table to enjoy your recipe and invite you to link up with us on The Yuck Stops Here link party. We start on Tuesday evenings at 8pm ET and run until Saturday evenings at 8pm ET. If you can catch this week’s party you can find it at Or swing by next week at HUGS

  4. G'day! Ho addicting does these sound? Yum!
    Viewed as part of Foodtastic Friday Party!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. I've roasted chickpeas before, but I've never tried bacon with it. Might have to try this next weekend.

  6. I love chickpeas in any form and have made spicy baked chickpeas for a snack before but I love your addition of bacon. Sounds like a winner to me! Will have to make these real soon. Thanks for sharing on Mix It Up Monday.

  7. These sound yummy. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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