I’m back in New York and I am super excited because I’m doing a cooking segment on The TODAY Show on Wednesday. It will be in the 8:00 am hour (usually after 8:30), so set your DVR’s! I’ll be doing a demo of two recipes from my new cookbook, “Kitchen Matters.”
I haven’t forgotten about my blog community, though. And after I posted an image of this socca fest over a month ago, I have received so many requests for the recipe. Soccas are a popular street food in the south of France. They are a cross between a pancake and crepe, but they are savory and made with chickpea flour. The Italians have a version of a socca called a farinata.
Because soccas are made with only chickpea flour, they are both gluten-free and grain-free. They have a light bean flavor, and are very tasty. I’ve been making soccas for years and taught the recipe at a retreat I hosted in France many moons ago. I used to serve them to my friends with drinks, but in the last few years I have loved serving a salad on top. In my Mediterranean-inspired class last year, we ate them with a Greek-ish salad on top and taco-style like a tortilla.
I’ve made soccas both on the stove and in the oven in a skillet, but the stove is faster. Some people will get a little char on the socca which is really nice. I add some smoked paprika to my batter to simulate a little of that great smoky flavor.
These pancakes are so neutral that you can serve them with anything. You can even use them as a base for a pizza or with a dip. I reheated leftovers once and stuffed one with scrambled eggs and hot sauce. What’s nice about soccas compared to tortillas is that there’s tons of protein and fiber in the chickpea flour. For all you pre-ahead-ers, you can make the batter in the morning and cook up your soccas later. Remember how much kids like topping bars, so go for it!
- 2 cups chickpea flour, aka garbanzo flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2-2 ¼ cups warm (not hot) water (use less for a thicker pancake)
- 3 Tablespoons unrefined, olive oil or avocado oil + more as needed
- Mediterranean Salad:
- ½ head Romaine, shredded
- 1 medium eggplant, cut into rounds and grilled or roasted until tender, cut into strips
- 1 ½ cups roasted red peppers, chopped
- ¾ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
- dried oregano
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
- unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour,
saltand smoked paprika. Pour the water in slowly and whisk until smooth. Cover and let sit for at least 15 minutes or longer if possible. You can also make this many hours ahead and keep in covered in the refrigerator.
- Preheat a medium heavy cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil and swirl the oil around to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour in about ¼ cup of batter and cook until the edges become slightly dry and the bottom is
crispy,about 4 minutes. Flip the socca over and cook for 1 more minute.
- Transfer to a plate and top with suggested Mediterranean salad ingredients. Or eat plain with a chilled glass of rosé.
Soccascan be kept warm in a 200 degreeoven for up to 30 minutes.