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cauliflower chickpea verrines

Cauliflower chickpea verrines

A delicious soup canapé for your Christmas dinner party

cauliflower chickpea verrines


Serves: 4-6 (Makes about 12 glasses - 2-3 per person) 

Prep: 15 minutes 

Cook: 40 minutes 

  • 1 medium cauliflower (about 750g), trimmed & cut into small florets 
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained 
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped 
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled 
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve 
  • ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika, plus extra to serve 
  • 2 thin slices sourdough bread (about 50g each) 


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Add the cauliflower, half the drained chickpeas, chopped onion & garlic to a medium saucepan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add enough water to just cover the ingredients, season & bring to a boil with the lid on. Uncover & bring to the boil, stirring occasionally until the liquid has reduced by half & the ingredients are really tender, this should take around 25-30 minutes. 
  • As the cauliflower cooks, add the remaining chickpeas to a small roasting tray, toss with 1 tbsp olive oil & the paprika, season & roast for 5 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile create the crostini. Cut each slice of bread into 12 small pieces & spread on another baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil, season & roast alongside the chickpeas for another 10 minutes, until both are well browned & crisp. 
  • When the cauliflower is ready, whizz using a hand blender to really smooth pureé then season to taste. Divide between small drinking or short glasses (about 100-150ml max) serving about 4 tbsp [60ml] per person. Top with the crispy chickpeas, a drizzle more olive oil & an extra sprinkling of paprika. Serve with the crostini nestled in each glass.