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Baked Chickpeas

1 lb Dried chickpeas (garbanzos) Soaked overnight in water
2 tb Dried oregano, divided
1 c Olive oil (approx)
3 md Onions, sliced
1 Fresh chili pepper, finely chopped
4 Garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt


Drain chickpeas and place in a pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Skim surface, reduce heat and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of oregano. Simmmer for 1 hour. Strain the chickpeas, reserving the liquid. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and saute onions and pepper until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add garlic, remaining oregano and chickpeas. Mix well, season with salt and transfer to an earthenware or glass oven-proof casserole with a cover. Add about 2 cups of reserved liquid, mix well, cover and bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until chickpeas are tender. Add a little more liquid during cooking, if needed.


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