Beet & Feta Socca

Beet & Feta Socca

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016

Socca (pronounced SO-kah), also known as farinata in Italy, is a thin chickpea crêpe that we use as a sort of gluten-free pizza crust in this healthy recipe. While socca are typically cooked in a woodburning oven in a copper pan, this easier method heats up a cast-iron pan before adding the batter.

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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
  • 1 cooked small beet, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


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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 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. Top with beet and feta.
  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, dab the socca with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil (brushing can dislodge the toppings).
  5. Turn the broiler to high. Broil the socca on the upper rack until browned in spots, 1 to 3 minutes.
  6. Toss arugula with lemon juice in a medium bowl. Top the socca with the arugula and cut into wedges.
  • 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: 194 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 121 mcg folate; 11 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 187 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 85 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 434 mg sodium; 270 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (30% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ vegetable, ½ medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

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