Fig & Ricotta Socca

Fig & Ricotta Socca

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2016

Socca (pronounced SO-kah) is a thin chickpea crêpe popular across Italian and French towns along the Ligurian Sea (it's called farinata in Italy). Typically savory, this lightly sweet gluten-free socca recipe is adorned with fresh ripe figs and a drizzle of honey. Serve as an appetizer or at brunch.

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
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3 fresh figs, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey

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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. Top with ricotta and figs.
  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. Drizzle with honey 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: 239 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 26 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 107 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 183 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 111 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 338 mg sodium; 326 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (27% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, ½ fruit, ½ medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

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