Socca

Chickpea flour pancakes

Socca is a dish from the South of France and Liguria in Italy. At it's most basic it is equal parts chickpea flour and water with some salt. It also goes well with garlic, lemon juice, cilantro, tomatoes, and many fresh herbs. This makes a great side dish for seafood or poultry.

Grill set up:

  • Hot grill to set up bottom, then roasting grill to bake through

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbl melted butter (add to batter)
  • 1 Tbl butter (to grease pan)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbl red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbl chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 Tbl chopped fresh parsley

Mix together all the above ingredients, except for the butter to grease the pan. For the pan use a 12" cast iron skillet or paella pan. Preheat the pan over a hot fire, and grease the pan with 1 Tbl butter, Pour the batter into the skillet/pan, and let cook over the hot fire for 45-60 seconds to brown the bottom. Move off the hot fire and cover with a lid or aluminum foil and indirect grill for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into it comes out clean (it's just like making a thin cornbread).

Variations:

  • Use EVOO instead of butter for a vegan version
  • If doing this as a side swap out any of the herbs and spices for ones that match well with your main dish, this is a very flexible dish
  • Flavors that pair well with chickpea flour include cumin, coriander, mint, ginger, and spinach
  • Instead of just water use full fat yoghurt or tahini in a 50/50 mix with water
  • Sesame seeds, or even better za'atar, works great in the batter or as a topping
  • Add 1 tsp baking powder to make a fluffier version

View this post on Instagram

Added a shelf under the grill for browning the tops of things like cornbread and socca #socca #lowcarb #glutenfree #livefire #livefirecooking #firecooking #grilled #woodfired #grilling #bbq #cooking #homecooked #cookedbyme #foodstagram #goodeats #food #foodphotos #foodpics #grill #cookingoutside #foodie #goodfood #barbeque

A post shared by Chris Peters (@livefirecook) on

View this post on Instagram

Socca! 1 cup chickpea flor, 1 cup water, 2 Tbs EVOO, piment d’espeltte and za’atar to taste - pour it into a screaming hot cast iron skillet . Delicious! #livefirecook #livefirecooking #livefire #woodfire #instafood #firecooking #cookingwithfire #cooking #bbq #barbeque #grilling #grilled #grill #goodeats #cookingoutside #outdoorcooking #foodporn #castiron #castironcooking #chicago #lowcarb #chickpea #socca

A post shared by Chris Peters (@livefirecook) on