This recipe from chef Abra Berens’s new bean-and-grain-focused cookbook, Grist, employs a technique for lightly crushing, then crisping chickpeas that you can apply to infinite combinations of pulses (think lentils!) and vegetables. Starting with dry chickpeas you cook yourself will earn you a gold star, but using canned will massively cut down on cooking time.
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Tbsp. plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
small onion, finely chopped
poblano chile, thinly sliced
ears of corn, kernels removed
cups cooked chickpeas or two 15-oz. cans, rinsed
garlic cloves, finely chopped
Coarsely chopped dill or cilantro (for serving)
Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook onion and chile, stirring, until tender, 6–8 minutes. Add corn, season with salt, and cook until corn is tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer corn mixture to a medium bowl; wipe out skillet.
Return skillet to medium heat and pour in ¼ cup oil. Add chickpeas and a big pinch of salt and smash with a spoon until evenly chunky. Cook, undisturbed, until chickpeas crisp a little on the edges, 7–9 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is softened but not browned, about 3 minutes.
Divide chickpeas among bowls and top with corn mixture.
Pour remaining 2 Tbsp. oil into skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Crack eggs into skillet and season with salt. Cook until whites are golden brown and crisp at the edges and set around the yolk (which should still be runny), about 2 minutes. Transfer an egg to each bowl with chickpea and corn mixture and top with dill.
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