Panelle_postcard

Postcard from my trip to Sicily in 2004

While in Sicily some years ago (2004), I had this absolutely delicious snack called Panelle (Chick Pea fritters). They are not particularly filling, but sure are tasty. They are made with chickpea flower (also called garbanzo bean flour), which may be hard to find in the supermarket, but perhaps in a gourmet or specialty type store. One can also buy a 5 lb. bag online for $14.50. Check this link – http://www.nuts.com/cookingbaking/beans/garbanzo/flour.html

You can search around for better deals, and may find some cheaper ones, or just check your nearby local markets. The recipe is fairly simple, and translated from the postcard:

Ingredients: 200g chickpea flour, 1/2 liter of water, salt, pepper, parsley, olive oil.
(200 grams = 7 ounces, 1/2 liter = 4.25 cups)

Mix the chickpea flour in a saucepan with water, salt, pepper and chopped parsley. When the flour is well dissolved and no lumps, put the pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until you get a thick paste. Pour on a surface and flatten it to give a layer thickness of 2/3 cm. Let it cool and cut into rectangles of 8×4 cm, then fry in hot oil.
(2/3 cm = 1/4 inch, 8 x 4 cm = 3 x 1.5 inch)

You can find a variety of recipes online in Italian and English. I had a thought this might be a unique Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other. You can make the Panelle in any shape you want (hearts even) and considering it is not something common outside of Sicily, something special to show your love in preparing a tasty Italian treat. A good idea I think – Try it…

Buon San Valentino!

Valentines Day Italian Flag HeartHappy Valentine’s Day!
(Love, Italian Style)

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