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Chickpeas with Spinach

Chickpeas with Spinach Recipe

  • 1/2 pound (1 generous cup) dried chickpeas
  • 7 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 onion, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 small ham hock (optional)
  • Salt
  • About 1 1/4 pounds spinach, tough stems removed, rinsed, and coarsely chopped (about 10 loosely packed cups or 1 pound after trimming)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 slice country bread, crust removed
  • Generous pinch of saffron threads, warmed and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted in a dry pan until fragrant and finely ground
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup coarsely flaked cooked salt cod (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced cooked ham if using ham hock or 1/2 cup if not using hock (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of sherry vinegar, as needed
  • 4 eggs, fried sunny-side up, or 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (optional)
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