The Healthy Plate: Socca with Caramalised Onions, Zucchini and Thyme

The Healthy Plate: Socca with Caramalised Onions, Zucchini and Thyme

Socca with Caramalised Onions, Zucchini and Thyme

I love Socca. I admit I love anything that has chickpeas or chickpea flour.

But Socca has a special place in my heart, with memories of special times

with special people, spent in the South of France.

Socca is a specialty of South East France, mostly in and around

the city of Nice. Across the border in Italy it is called Farinata.

Traditionally there are no toppings, it is made with chickpea flour, salt and

olive oil. And this is what I''ve had in France - simple plain delicious Socca.

But I had lots of zucchini in my fridge and I thought it would make a perfect

topping for my Socca and I''m so glad because it really did :-)

You can play around with variations - different toppings, or additions. Ingredients:

2 cups Chickpea flour ( also called gram flour or garbanzo flour)

Half a red onion lightly caramelized in olive oil (optional)

1 tbsp of Herbes de provence (or mixed dried herbs)

This makes two trays of Socca. You can half the ingredients and make

just one, but use 1 tbsp of oil in the batter, and 1 and a 1/2 on the tray.

Add water little by little to the flour and whisk till well combined

and there are no granules left. The batter should be totally smooth.

You might need to add a little more water.

Add 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt and the herbs. Mix then leave it to rest

Heat the oven to 200 C and warm a baking tray or cast iron oven pan

Pour 1 and a 1/2 tbsp of Oil on to the tray and move the tray to spread

the oil all over. Pour the batter on the oil till you get around 1/4" thickness

Spread the onions over it then lay down the zucchini slices.

Crush fresh thyme over it and sprinkle some salt and pepper.

Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes till it is set and a knife comes out clean.

Drizzle some olive oil over and eat it warm.

We ate these slices of Socca for lunch with a big bowl of greens

and a yummy ginger and garlic roasted broccoli Keep it Simple. Be Creative.Taste and Play. Find your Own Way.

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