Chickpeas are easy to use as the base for savory appetizers. You can make hummus, warm buffalo dip, fritters, cucumber bites, and bruschetta using delicious chickpeas.
Many of the appetizers you can make ahead of time, and then bake or assemble right before your guests arrive.
Try making one of these tasty chickpea appetizers for your next party or family get together!
Roasted Garlic Hummus
Roasted garlic hummus is a homemade chickpea appetizer with hints of garlic, and spicy flavors.
Roasted garlic hummus is made by roasting garlic in the oven.
You can make the roasted garlic by cutting off the top part of garlic to expose the cloves, and then drizzle olive oil on the cloves. Cover the garlic with tin foil, and place in a heat proof dish. This way, the oil drippings will end up in the dish, instead of in your oven.
When the roasted garlic is finished cooking, and has cooled down, squish out the roasted garlic cloves.
To make the roasted garlic hummus, chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic cloves, lemon juice, olive oil and water are added to a food processor. The mixture is blended until smooth, and then placed in a serving dish.
You can garnish the hummus with parsley leaves, olive oil, and chili powder. Serve roasted garlic hummus with pita chips, pita bread, celery sticks, or carrot sticks.
Chickpea bruschetta is a savory and appetizer, with a hint of sundried tomato and garlic flavor.
Chickpeas are mashed together with fresh parsley, olive oil, sundried tomatoes, and lemon juice.
The herbed flavored chickpeas are spread onto a freshly toasted baguette slice that has been rubbed with garlic.
To garnish the chickpea appetizer, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and fresh parsley, serve immediately.
You can make the chickpea mixture ahead of time, and then toast the baguette pieces when you’re ready to serve the appetizer.
Chickpea fritters are made by mashing together chickpeas, flour, freshly grated parmesan cheese, parsley, cumin, garlic powder and a bit of water.
The fritters are formed into balls, and then flattened to be cooked in a frying pan with a bit of oil.
The fritters are done cooking when they have a golden brown crispy edge on either side of them.
You can make the fritters ahead of time, and place them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them for your guests.
Chickpea Cucumber Bites
Chickpea cucumber bites are an enticing, refreshing, and spicy appetizer.
Chickpeas are roasted or fried with a spicy coating to add a ton of flavor to the appetizer.
Cucumber is sliced into rounds for the bottom portion of the appetizer. The rounds will hold the toppings on top of them.
Avocado is mashed with a bit of lime juice, salt and pepper. The avocado is spread onto the cucumber rounds, and then a couple of the chickpeas are added on top of the avocado. The avocado with hold the chickpeas in place for the appetizer.
Finish off the chickpea appetizer by drizzling chipotle crema on top, and a couple parsley leaves.
Chickpea Shawarma Dip
Chickpea shawarma dip is a layered dip you can serve with pita bread, pita chips, or carrots and celery sticks.
The first layer of the dip is hummus, topped with roasted spicy chickpeas.
The next layer is a parsley, cherry tomato, and red onion salad, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil.
The salad is spread on top of the chickpea/hummus layer.
Finally, the dip is covered in a garlic-dill sauce.
Buffalo Chickpea Dip
Buffalo chickpea dip is a warm chickpea appetizer dip you can serve with tortilla chips.
Cashews are softened by boiling them, and then cooled down.
Cashews, yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder are blended together to create the flavoring for the dip.
The chickpeas are added to the blender, and then only pulsed a couple of times to thicken the dip.
The dip is placed in a heat proof dish, topped with a bit of grated cheese, and baked in the oven until it’s bubbling hot.
Serve buffalo chickpea dip with tortilla chips, or pita chips.