Socca with Crispy Potatoes & Scallion-Za'atar Relish

The chickpea pancake that hails from Provence, socca, is a simple canvas for bold flavors. This one is served with sliced potatoes, fried golden brown, and a bright scallion relish, but you can top socca with just about anything. Serve with a knife and fork, or tear off pieces and eat it with your hands. Read more about this recipe here.

Socca with Crispy Potatoes & Scallion-Za’atar Relish
Photo: Matthew Benson
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (see Tip)

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions

  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, smashed

  • 6 ounces new or small baby potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8 inch thick

  • 1 tablespoon za’atar

Directions

  1. Combine chickpea flour, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gradually add water, whisking to make a smooth batter. Let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, combine scallions, vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, then potatoes; cook, flipping occasionally, until golden brown and tender, 6 to 9 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and season with za'atar and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  4. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add one-fourth of the socca batter (about 1/3 cup) in the center; it should spread out to a thin 6- to 7-inch pancake. Cook until well browned on the bottom and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. (Reduce heat, if necessary, to prevent burning.) Flip and cook just until lightly browned on the second side, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Using 1 1/2 teaspoons oil for each socca, repeat 3 more times with the remaining batter. Serve the socca with the potatoes and scallion relish.

Tip

Also labeled garbanzo bean flour, finely ground chickpea flour is widely used in Mediterranean and Indian cooking. It's high in protein and fiber, packing 21 and 10 grams per cup, respectively. Once only available in specialty markets, you can find it in the gluten-free section of many grocery stores today.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

318 Calories
23g Fat
22g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 socca, 1/4 cup potatoes & 2 Tbsp. relish
Calories 318
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Vitamin A 161IU 3%
Sodium 381mg 17%
Potassium 438mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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