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December 05, 2013
Campagnolo Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Ceci

Congratulations to Campagnolo on Main street. The Restaurant turns 5-years-old today. 

In honour of the occasion, they will be giving away plates of one of their most popular dishes - Crispy Ceci - free to all tables of two or more. According to public relations manager Katharine Manson, Campagnolo has sold enough of these addictive olden orbs to make a line over 40km long. (That's enough ceci to go around the seawall twice, line the Sun Run 4 times, reach Crescent Beach and fill the restaurant half way to the ceiling.) Wow, wonder who worked out the math on that?

Just in case we want to attempt the same feat ourselves, the Campagnolo team has kindly provided the original recipe. Buon appetito!

Crispy Ceci Recipe (feeds 6): 

1½ cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight in water 

2 cups baby arugula 

1 cup baby spinach 

¼ cup fresh mint, torn into small pieces 

2 scallions, sliced thin on a bias 

¼ cup Italian parsley, leaves sliced thin 

1½ tsp chili flakes 

1 lemon, zested and juiced 

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 

Salt 6 cups canola oil 

Take the soaked chickpeas and cook them in fresh water until very tender. Season with salt at the end of the cooking process. The cooking time (45 to 60 minutes) will vary according to the age of the chickpeas. Once cooked, they can be kept in the fridge for up to two days. 

In a pot that can hold at least 12 cups (the more the better), bring the canola oil to a temperature of 375F. Drain the chickpeas, dry them on paper towels and then slowly pour them into the hot oil. While they are cooking, add to a large bowl the arugula, spinach, scallion, mint and parsley. After about four minutes of frying, remove the chickpeas and drain well. While they are still very hot, add them to the bowl of greens. Season everything with salt, chilies, lemon zest, juice and, finally, the extra virgin olive oil. Toss very well and check for seasoning. Add more of anything you like, divide among six warm bowls and serve.

Campagnolo Restaurant
1020 Main Street, Vancouver

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