Every other Thursday, Gena Hamshaw of the blog Choosing Raw shares satisfying, flavorful recipes that also happen to be vegan.
Today: A foolproof, gluten-free flatbread from the streets of Europe, plus three ideas for what to pair it with.
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I have a confession to make: Until this year, I had never tried socca. In spite of its popularity and the fact that it’s both vegan and gluten-free -- it's an equal-opportunity appetizer! -- I was scared.
Perhaps I feared that my socca would turn out like one of my many failed bread making attempts (foccacia, pita bread, sourdough: disasters all). Little did I realize that there is no kneading and no yeast involved in the making of this delicious, simple street food, common in both Italy and southern France.
Socca, also called farinata, is a thin, round flatbread made from chickpea flour. It can be either baked or broiled, usually in a skillet, till it has a crispy surface and soft interior. When it’s done, you can cut it into wedges and dip it into hummus or olive oil; you can even use it as a pizza crust of sorts.
More: This tempeh hash also makes for a solid -- vegan! -- breakfast.
Whether you choose to broil the socca or bake it all the way through is entirely up to you. Sometimes I find it easier to bake it the whole time, but if I choose to top it with sautéed chard or kale, I often enjoy the contrast of a crispy, broiled pancake and soft, fragrant greens.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Gena Hamshaw is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and food blogger. She shares her latest culinary adventures at The Full Helping. She's the author of two cookbooks, Food52 Vegan (2015) and Choosing Raw (2014). She enjoys yoga, sweet potatoes, cashews, and things that are smothered in sauce.