Socca is street food in Nice, France - a crispy thin flat bread made out of chick pea flour, water, herbs, salt and olive oil, naturally gluten free. This recipe adds pumpkin puree and the Ethiopian spice - Berbere. Berbere is a mix of cayenne, fenugreek, cinnamon, turmeric and cumin. You can make your own if you cant find it, there are many recipes online. I also add carrot powder if I have any on hand (dehydrated carrots pulverized in spice grinder). It is an optional add in that gives a color and nutrition boost but not needed. You will need a good cast iron pan to make sure it doesn't stick. —dbrowning
chick pea flour
organic Berbere spice blend
nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
organic pumpkin puree
sea salt (or to taste)
carrot dust (optional)
poached eggs (optional)
cracked black pepper (or to taste)
In This Recipe
All socca recipes say to make the batter hours or 1 day ahead. I never make it ahead and it comes out great. Mix all ingredients EXCEPT oil, pepper and poached eggs in a bowl until well incorporated. YOu can add a little oil to the batter but its not necessary. Batter consistency should be pretty thick.
Preheat broiler to 500. Leave on broil setting at 500, add empty 8-10" round cast iron skillet in middle rack of oven for about 5-10 minutes to get it very hot (if not it will stick). Then, add the oil and heat 2 minutes (and be ready to pour in the batter). Pour batter in center of skillet and carefully smooth it out to a flat pancake about 1/4" thick with the back of a spoon. You may have a little batter left over. Leave in oven about 20 minutes or until edges are very browned. Let sit undisturbed for 3 minutes. Don't try to cut or remove it right away, it will be too pliable and stick to the bottom. Carefully remove the socca w a spatula, try to get the spatula all the way under the socca so you get the crispy bottom onto your plate. Sprinkle w sea salt and black pepper. Cut into quarters and enjoy. Top with runny poached egg for a non vegetarian option. Or top with cheese and broil a couple minutes longer.