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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Fennel and potato salad, roasted leeks and crispy chickpeas.

Ingredients
440 g tin chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried
juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon
1 tsp sumac
2 tbsp extra–virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper
2 slim leeks (see Note), white and pale green part only
3 cloves garlic, unpeeled, halved
280 g (4 small) kipfler potatoes, scrubbed, halved lengthways
1 baby fennel, fronds reserved
4 cups picked watercress
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Combine half the chickpeas, lemon rind, ½ teaspoon of sumac and 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Season to taste and toss until evenly coated. Spread on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Wrap the garlic cloves in foil and place on the oven tray, along with the leeks. Transfer the ingredients to the oven and roast for 20–25 minutes until the chickpeas are golden and crisp and the leek and garlic are soft and tender. Remove from the oven, unwrap the garlic and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the potato and boil gently for 14–16 minutes until tender. Drain well and allow to cool for a few minutes.

For the dressing, mash the roast garlic with a fork into a paste. Add 1½ tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of sumac. Season to taste, mix until well combined and emulsified.

When the leeks are cool enough to handle pull away the tough outer layers and slice into 2 cm-thick rounds. Finely slice the fennel and place in a bowl with the watercress. Add enough dressing to lightly coat. Divide watercress between plates then arrange the potato, raw chickpeas and cooked chickpeas on top. Drizzle with the remaining dressing, serve immediately.

Note:
- Slim leeks are regular length but only about 5 cm in diameter.
If unavailable you can use normal leeks but they will take an extra 5–10 minutes in the oven.

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