A Hanukkah snack

A Hanukkah snack from Susannah Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Snack Peas

This delightful snack, originally created for Purim, comes from Saul’s Deli in Berkeley, California. Says owner Karen Edelman, “Traditionally, intoxicating beverages are consumed during the meal for Purim and fried peas are the perfect accompaniment to a drink.” However, it also makes a nice munchable as family members open their presents.

  •  Olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked chick peas, drained and towel-dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

Fill cast-iron skillet with 1-inch of olive oil and heat slowly. Do not allow to smoke. When hot enough, carefully drop peas into oil with a slotted spoon (be sure not to splatter yourself.) Allow to cook for 20 seconds or until crispy, and then remove with slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined bowl to drain. When excess oil is absorbed, remove to serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 2-4.

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