You might be asking, “What the heck is a chi-chi bean?” Well, that’s what my Italian Grandmother calls garbanzo beans. And isn’t it more fun to say chi-chi than garbanzo?? Next time try feeding your kids chi-chi’s and see if they are more inclined to eat them 🙂
Anyway, this recipe came out of my love for bite size food and wanting to create a version of my Mom’s famous chicken salad. Now, I’ve never tasted it myself, but everyone raves so here is my vegan version made a little fancy.
Chi-Chi Bean Toasts
Makes 5 sandwiches or 36 bite size toasts
What you’ll need:
1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinse well (or 15 oz. of dried beans re-hydrated and cooked)
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1 tbsp. relish
1/4 cup veganaise (or your favorite vegan mayonaise)
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika (plus more for sprinkling on top)
salt and pepper to taste
What you’ll do:
In a medium size mixing bowl, smash the beans and shallots with a potato smasher or fork until the beans are broken into about 1/4 of the size. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Season to taste and serve as a sandwich or on sliced toasts as an appetizer.