Socca

Socca

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016

Socca (pronounced SO-kah) is a thin chickpea crêpe popular in Italian and French towns along the Ligurian Sea (it's called farinata in Italy). Though it's typically cooked in a woodburning oven in a copper pan, this easy recipe gets you close to the same results in your home kitchen. You can eat it unadorned or use it as a sort of pizza crust and garnish it with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 cup chickpea flour (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

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  1. Whisk flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add water; whisk until smooth. Let rest while the oven preheats or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  2. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on the lower rack. Preheat to 450°F for 30 minutes.
  3. When the oven is preheated, carefully remove the hot pan and swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Whisk the batter, pour it into the pan and swirl to coat.
  4. Bake until the bottom is browned and the edges are crispy, 16 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and, using a pastry brush, brush the socca with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  5. Turn the broiler to high. Broil the socca on the upper rack until browned in spots, 1 to 3 minutes. Cut into wedges. Serve hot.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate socca batter (Step 1) for up to 1 day.
  • Tips: Chickpea flour made from ground dried chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), is a gluten-free flour used in many traditional Middle Eastern recipes. Look for it in natural-foods stores and/or in well-stocked supermarkets in the gluten-free section. Once opened, store airtight in the freezer.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 slice each
  • Per serving: 152 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 3 g fiber; 13 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 101 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 10 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 13 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 307 mg sodium; 197 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (25% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1½ fat

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