Last Monday Cousin Mary needed an easy dessert recipe for a work gathering of about 25 people. I pointed her to the Mini Cheesecake recipe. Then, incase she didn’t want to make that, I went to check out Joy the Baker for more suggestions. But, you see, Joy is much more than a baker and her most recent post was for Olive Oil Braised Chick Peas with Feta. I copied the link and sent to Mary knowing it would be, to quote her “right up my alley”! I never did send her alternative choices for a dessert.
I thought about making this every day last week. I could not stop thinking about how good it was sure to be. I had everything on hand but a good loaf of bread. So, on Thursday, I made it a point to pick up bread and Friday night I finally made it. I’m telling you, it was crazy good. It makes a lot but it reheats well and would make a great side dish to chicken.
One note on the smoky paprika – I beg you to purchase HIGH QUALITY (read: Penzeys) paprika. Please, do not use the “red cap” brand – it is NOT good. I’m as frugal as they come but there truly are times when you get what you pay for and I don’t want you to waste your hard earned cash and ruin this amazing dish by sprinkling sub-par paprika all over it. After I did that to a baked chicken and rice dish, my dear friend Karen gifted me Penzeys Smoked Spanish Paprika and is now a must have pantry staple.
Other Joy the Baker recipes you gotta try: