BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions

5 Jun

I received free samples of Breton Crackers mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Breton Crackers and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This summer weather is perfect for get-togethers outdoors. Whether at a beer garden or the backyard, I love relaxing in the warmth with a nice cold drink, and plenty of snacks.

BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions |

My go-to is usually raw veggies and bean dip, chips and salsa, and fresh fruit. But to mix it up a bit, I developed this savory, hearty appetizer that’s perfect for gatherings inside or out. And it features Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers, which have a wonderfully light, crispy texture and noticeable flavor of quinoa, rye and sweet potato! They’re an ideal base for this super-simple BBQ chickpea spread, which are dressed up with easy quick pickled red onions.

The result is a tasty appetizer that is great for entertaining, or just an afternoon snack on the balcony!

BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions |

BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions

Serves 8

Begin by making the pickles. Bring a pot of water to boil – you’ll need this to blanch the onion. Halve and peel the onion, then thinly slice each half. Place the sliced onions in a colander and slowly pour the boiling water over all the onions. Let them drain and cool for a few minutes.

In a wide-mouth jar, stir together the vinegar, sugar, salt, and peppercorns. Transfer the blanched onions to the jar and stir, to make sure all the onions are submerged.

Cover with the lid and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, up to two weeks.

Place the rinsed and drained chickpeas in a large bowl. Use a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to crush the chickpeas – you want most of the beans to be smashed, but some whole beans are fine. The ideal texture will resemble canned, flaked tuna.

Add the BBQ sauce of your choice to the chickpeas and stir well to completely coat. Depending on the consistency of your sauce, you may need to add a few tablespoons; the result should be a mixture that can hold together on a cracker.

Refrigerate if not using immediately.

To serve, place the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers on a serving platter. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the BBQ Chickpea Spread onto each cracker. Garnish with 2-3 pickled onion slices.

BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions |


Linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and The Fit Foodie Mama for Meatless Monday.
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23 Responses to “BBQ Chickpea Spread with Quick Pickled Onions”

  1. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) June 5, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Oooh – delish combo for a cracker topping!

  2. Abbey Sharp June 5, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    These are the cutest appetizers! I love the pickled topping as well.

    • xtinaluvspink June 5, 2017 at 11:34 am #

      Thank you so much! They’re really delicious.

  3. Onisha Ellis June 5, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    My mom used to make pickled cucumbers and onions!

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner June 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm #

    How creative! I love bbq and chick peas together looks like a winner. Thanks for linking up for meatless Monday too

    • xtinaluvspink June 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks! Always fun to link up for meatless Monday 🙂

  5. EatRealLiveWell June 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    This sounds delicious! I have been craving BBQ flavor since I had some BBQ shrimp in New Orleans a few weeks ago!

    • xtinaluvspink June 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      This is definitely an easy way to quench that craving!

  6. Emily Holdorf June 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    These crackers look so good for parties! Yum!

  7. Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition June 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    I’m a sucker for anything BBQ flavored – especially in the summer. These look great for entertaining and I love the idea of adding quick pickled onions!

    • xtinaluvspink June 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Thanks! We always have BBQ sauce on hand for that reason!

  8. Alison's Allspice June 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

    Barbecue chickpeas sound amazing, and I love the addition of the pickled onions, yum!

    • xtinaluvspink June 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks! Sweet, salty, and sour all in one tasty nibble.

  9. Kelly Page (@TastingPage) June 5, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    Love this easy, tasty looking app! Great flavors.

  10. Carmy @ June 5, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

    Love the chickpeas! Also I think we have the same plate in the last pic! 🙂

    • xtinaluvspink June 6, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      Haha, I think everyone has that platter! That was actually at my parents’ house, where I brought these appetizers for a family dinner.

  11. Farrah June 6, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    This is such an awesome idea for a cracker topping! (I am loving these crackers! *-* They’re so addicting!)

    • xtinaluvspink June 6, 2017 at 9:48 am #

      OMG it is taking everything in me not to just eat a whole box of them!!

  12. sprint2thetable June 7, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    What a great idea! I love BBQ, but I would have never thought to do a chickpea cracker spread.

    • xtinaluvspink June 8, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

      Thanks! Any way to eat more chickpeas is my fave 🙂


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