• 2 cans chickpeas/garbanzo beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 medium onion, small dice
  • spices of choice (I used: sage, dill, garlic salt, salt, pepper)
  • 2.5 cups cooked rice
  • (extra virgin) olive oil
  • 1 egg (optional)

Mash chickpeas with a blender or a fork. Add chickpeas to a large bowl. Add onion, spices. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix together with spoon. Slowly mix in rice. Adding an egg at this point is optional. It will help with consistency. To keep this dish vegan you can skip the egg and add some extra olive oil. Knead all ingredients in the bowl with hands. Make sure that everything is mixed together and one, even consistency. Use hands to roll mixture into balls. Balls should be about the size of a golf ball. Place balls on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over balls.

Place balls in oven and bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes or until balls are crisp and slightly browned.

Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from tray. Serve with your choice of side. I paired ours with homemade creamed spinach/kale. It was delicious.

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