Baked Chickpeas Provenale

    Here is an exquisite-flavored dish laced with rosemary, garlic, and red wine, and topped with a mixture of bread crumbs and more garlic and baked until crispy. Be sure to use the amount of garlic indicated; it mellows with baking and lends a subtle flavor to the sauce.

    SERVES 4 TO 6

    в…“ cup olive oil

    12 cloves garlic, minced

    1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, or ВЅ teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled

    Вј teaspoon dried oregano

    2 bay leaves

    16-ounce can diced tomatoes

    1 tablespoon tomato paste

    Two 16-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

    Вѕ cup dry red wine

    3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into ВЅ-inch dice

    Вѕ pound cabbage, chopped or thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

    ВЅ teaspoon salt

    Liberal seasoning freshly ground pepper


    ВЅ cup Bread Crumbs

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    ВЅ cup minced fresh parsley

    Вј cup grated Parmesan cheese

    1. Preheat the oven to 350В°F. Heat the olive oil in a large (10 x 10-inch) flameproof casserole over medium heat, then add the garlic, rosemary, oregano, and bay leaves, and saut for 2 minutes. (Note: If your casserole is not flameproof, then saut everything in a large skillet and put in a large casserole.)
    2. Add the tomatoes with their juice and tomato paste, stir to blend, then add the chickpeas and all of the remaining ingredients except the topping, and stir to mix. May be prepared to this point up to 24 hours in advance, covered, and chilled.
    3. Cover the casserole, bring to a simmer, then bake for 45 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. (Occasionally remove the dish from the oven and toss the mixture to ensure even cooking.)
    4. Meanwhile prepare the topping. Combine the bread crumbs, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl and mix to coat evenly.
    5. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the topping evenly over the top. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 more minutes. If you desire a browner, crisper crust run the casserole under the broiler for 1 minute, or until golden. Serve immediately.