This is one of the vegetarian tartines that I have been making for years. It's taken a bit of tweaking from the original recipe to get it where I want it - more punchy than the original - but today, I am ready to share it with you. My suggestion: bring this to your next picnic!
Smashed Chickpea and Olive Tartine
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
If you have canned chickpeas, this is just a quick assembly and smash job. Starting with dried chickpeas takes a bit more time and planning (soak the chickpeas overnight, and then simmer on the stove for approximately 2 hours - sometimes it takes more like 3 until they are soft enough to slightly mash). Use good olive oil and flavorful kalamata olives so that the flavors come through in the chickpea mash. I also recommend toasting the slices of bread in the oven first and rubbing them with a clove of garlic before spooning on the topping. However, if you are in a rush or taking the tartines to a picnic, it's definitely not necessary to toast the bread - probably best to bring all the components and instead assemble on-site. Last, I really like to eat this with crumbles of feta cheese on top, but I keep that as optional because absent the feta, this is a fantastic vegan recipe that needs no additional embellishment.
1 1/2 cups (450 g) (15 oz can) of cooked garbanzo beans
20-30 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1 large shallot, chopped
1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
zest and juice from (at least) one lemon - I usually add juice from another half lemon
1/4 cup (60 g) tahini
a couple pinches of salt
a few grinds of black pepper
2-3 Tbsp olive oil (depends on the consistency that you like)
optional add-ons: feta, roasted red peppers, watercress, pickled garlic and peppers, etc.
1. Mix everything but the olive oil together with a fork in a midsize bowl.
2. Lightly smash the chickpea mixture with the back of the fork. You want it to be about half smashed and half whole chickpeas so that it resembles a very rough hummus.
3. Add the olive oil and mix.
4. Pile thickly on bread to serve.