spicy garbonzo salad

i love chickpeas.. aka garbonzo beans.. i actually only like to call them garbonzo beans.. mainly because i like saying garbonzo!! say it with me.. garrrrrbonzzzzzzooooo.. its a friendly word! ha anyway.. when i was kid and well adult (ok last week) i would open a can and eat them right out of the can.. or put them in a bowl add some blue cheese and a little dressing.. ohh yumm.. if i go to a restaurant and notice they have garbonzo beans on their salad bar i will order the salad bar.. i love them that much.. then i found a recipe combining them with bacon? helloooooooooo count me in!! i was blog hoping one day and found this recipe here.. loved the ingredients... so i wanted to make it that day for lunch.. i changed it a bit from the mentioned only because of what i had on hand.. it was a sunny saturday and pete wasn't around so it was perfect.. you see he hates garbonzo beans.. thinks garbonzo beans are icky.. won't eat garbonzo beans (see that.. i threw the word garbonzo beans as many times as i could in that sentence he he).. he doesn't like hummus either *eyeroll*.. basically he is nuts.. but that my friends is a talk for another day and another recipe i am sure.. :)

spicy garbonzo bean salad (yeah salad is used here but can it really be a salad who knows!)

1 can of garbonzo beans, drained and rinsed (you rinse them to get off any excess sodium it was kept in the bacon is pretty salty)
1 slice of bacon, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. smokey paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 cup parmesan cheese

heat a skillet over medium heat.. add bacon and fry until golden but not crispy (unless your into that kinda thing).. remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.. leaving the bacon grease in the pan add your garbonzo beans.. (make sure they are dry from when you rinsed them or a big mess will ensue..) toss with the paprika, pepper and cayenne stirring and toasting for 5-7 minutes.. add garlic and cook for another  minute or so.. turn off heat and add parmesan cheese.. sprinkle on bacon.. serve immediately.. its so yummy.. you could throw it on some lettuce but really why ruin it.. ha ha just kidding.. well sorda.. not really.. *wink*


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