Socca is a sort of pancake made with chickpea flour. I have become a big fan of chickpea flour. I started using it a few months ago as a way to increase my protein intake. I’ve come out of my winter hibernation and started to work out more regularly in order to get ready for summer. So for me, eating more protein (not necessarily from meat) is important. I also made some healthy mandarin protein cookies using chickpea flour, but those will be on the blog later.
Socca is usually eaten as a snack by itself but it can also be used to make pizza, replacing the pizza dough and making it gluten free. I decided to add some hummus and salad to make it a complete meal. It is quite filling and super healthy. Plus the colors just scream warm weather! This recipe serves 3 to 4 people.
For the socca:
2 cups of chickpea flour
2 cups + 2 tablespoons of water
4 tablespoons of olive oil (plus more for the pan/oven tray)
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
For the Beet Hummus:
3 roasted beets; peeled and chopped (I roasted them in the oven for 1 hour or until tender)
1/3 cup of Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon of tahini
¼ teaspoon of cayenne
¼ teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of canned chickpeas
For the salad:
A handful of sprouts (I used radish sprouts)
2 yellow carrots, shredded
A bunch of lamb’s lettuce or any lettuce you may like
100gr goat’s cheese, crumbled
For the salad dressing:
Juice of 2 limes
4 tablespoons of olive oil
To make the socca, just mix all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover with plastic film and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Set the oven to broil.
You can use a cast iron pan or an oven tray. If you use an oven tray, line it with parchment paper. Place the pan/tray in the oven while it is heating up.
To make the beet hummus, just place all of the ingredients in the food processor or blender and pulse until it is smooth. Set aside.
Once the batter has rested and the oven is hot, take the pan/tray out of the oven (don’t forget to use oven mitts). Whisk the batter again. Pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the pan/tray and tilt it around so the whole surface is coated in oil. Pour some of the batter and swirl it around so it covers the whole surface, like when you are making a crepe. Don’t pour too much though; you don’t want it too thick.
The time that it is in your oven will vary. Mine takes about 18 minutes on broil to get ready, which I think it is quite long. Normally it should be anywhere around 5 to 10 minutes. So check from time to time. You want it to be golden and the edges to start to pull.
Once the socca is done, remove it from the pan/tray and repeat for the remaining batter.
To make the salad dressing, just mix all of the ingredients.
To plate up, spread some of the beet hummus on top of the socca. Add some of the lamb’s lettuce, shredded carrot, sprouts, goat’s cheese and top with the salad dressing.