Harissa Roasted Chickpeas with Delicata Squash and Chickpeas
For this recipe, I used 4 tablespoons of Mina's spicy harissa, which is thinner and more runny that traditional harissa pastes. If you are using a paste, I recommend using about 3 tablespoons total for the recipe. If you can't tolerate much spice, use 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of the harissa paste. If you are using a dried spice blend, I would use about 1 tablespoon to 4 teaspoons of the spice. It depends on the spiciness of the blend.
1large head of cauliflower, about 2 pounds/900g
1 1/4pounds(565g) delicata squash (about 2 medium squash)
1 14-ounce(400g) can of chickpeas
3 to 4tablespoonsharissa, see note above about different harissa pastes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Position the oven racks to the upper third and lower third positions.
Line 2 large baking sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone mats. (I used one of my full-sized, 15"x21" pans to give the cauliflower room to roast properly. Set pans aside.
Rinse the cauliflower. Cut it into smaller florets (video tutorial). Add the florets into a large bowl and set aside.
Rinse the delicata squash. Slice off the ends of the squash. Then, slice it in half, lengthwise, so that you have 2 long halves. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and strings. Slice the squash halves into 1/3-inch thick half-moon slices. Add them to a medium bowl.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Add them to the bowl with the delicata squash.
In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, harissa, maple syrup and salt until well incorporated. Pour half of this harissa mixture into the bowl with the cauiflower and the remainder with the squash and chickpeas. Stir to coat the vegetables and chickpeas with the saucy mixture.
Spread cauliflower, squash and chickpeas over your sheet pans. Make sure that your vegetables (particularly the cauliflower) are not crammed together. Otherwise, they will just steam rather than roast in the oven. If necessary, roast in batches.
Roast everything for 30 to 35 minutes, until the vegetables and chickpeas have browned. Swap the position of the sheet pans halfway through the cooking time. If, at the end of 35 minutes, your vegetables are not roasted enough, leave them in the oven for another few minutes.
Serve the roasted cauliflower, squash and chickpeas with your favorite grains. Sprinkle with crumbled feta, chopped parsley and nigella seeds, if you like.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: 1/4 of the recipe: Calories: 423, Total Fat 17g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Sodium: 930mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 61g, Dietary Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 17g, Protein 14gThe color of your baking sheet pans can also affect the cooking time. Things tend to cook quicker on dark baking sheets. Check the vegetables at about 30 minutes to see if they have been roasted to your liking. The garbanzo beans are crunchy when they first come out of the oven but don't retain their crunch well the next day. **I know that nigella seeds are difficult to find, but I was totally having an Ottolenghi moment when I styled the dish. This recipe is great even without the seeds.
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