Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Gluten Free Goodness: Socca Pizza





Do you love socca? No, not soccer with a Boston accent (just kidding, Massachusetts!).

Socca is a flatbread made from chickpea flour. It is delicious, versatile and incredibly easy to prepare! And best of all..GLUTEN FREE!

I have prepared it in a multitude of ways, but my favourite way that I am sharing today is as a pizza.

I found the recipe from http://hilahcooking.com/socca-pizza/ but have adapted it to suit my needs and serving size!

Socca Pizza with mozzarella, red onion, green olives


To find out the recipe, keep reading!




Socca Pizza adapted from Hilah Cooking


You will need:

  • 1/2 -3/4 cup chickpea flour (If you live in Canada, Bulk Barn and Goodness Me! sell it)
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (approximately) of warm tap water (important that it's warm!)
  • Spices: garlic, onion powder, oregano, basil, rosemary, anything you want!
  • Toppings: cheese (optional), spinach, red onion, olives, red pepper, broccoli, feta cheese! The list goes on and on!
  • Small round pan (mine is around 8 inches) 
How to:
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees farenheit
  • Place pan in oven as it preheats
  • Mix together chickpea flour with water--you will need more or less depending on how thick you want it. I like mine thin and found it cooked better with 1/2 cup. This also fit my pan better and served 1-2 people
  • You want a pancake batter like texture. If your batter is too thick, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it thins out. If your batter is too thin, add more flour.
  • Add in your spices and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir and set aside.
  • Pull your hot pan out of the oven if it has preheated (USE GLOVES! AHH) and coat the pan with the remaining olive oil! My pan SUCKED. So i made sure to coat it evenly by swirling the oil around in the pan for a while. The first time I made it I did not do this and my pizza stuck completely
  • Once your pan is coated, pour in batter and tap the pan on the counter so that you have an even base
  • Add toppings and bake for 30-45 minutes. My stove took 45, but check on it after 20 minutes
  • You want a nice crust browned around the edges
  • Let cool in pan, transfer to a dish and serve in slices!
Socca pizza with spinach, red and yellow bell peppers and feta cheese (my favourite!)

Nom Nom NOM! Served with my homemade greek yogurt garlic sauce

I really hope you try this--I am in love with how crispy and hearty it is. It is definitely the easiest gluten free pizza I have made (and I have made a bunch!). Feel free to be crazy with toppings, you can also make this vegan if you use a cheese like Daiya.

I have shared this with non-gluten free folk and they love it! It tastes like something authentic and aromatic...like something at a hipster cafe.. mmm hipsters. Wait...mmm...cafes! I need to get some sleep -_-

Happy munching!

XO

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