Tuesday, 19 October 2010

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.


2 cups Chickpea flour ( also called gram flour or garbanzo flour)
2 and 1/4 cups Water
4 tbsp Olive Oil
Fine round slices of zucchini
Half a red onion lightly caramelized in olive oil (optional)
1 tbsp of Herbes de provence (or mixed dried herbs)
sea salt to taste
Fresh thyme (optional)
Lots of Black pepper

 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
for around 20 to 30 minutes.

Heat the oven to 200 C and warm a baking tray or cast iron oven pan
for a few minutes.
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
or even slightly less.
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.


Kay said...

looks yummy, Neeta! Will try this soon.

Neeta said...

Thanks Kay, it really is delicious, hope you enjoy it :-)

Vee said...

yipeeeeeeee...someone is back...its been a while since i have seen your refreshing recipes..I just caught up with ur earlier post on nut butters..Where I used to live earlier there was a health food store which had grinders with different nuts.All we had to do was push a button and freshly made butter from organic nuts would ooze out into a container...yummmmmmmmmm
Loved ur socha recipe...it screams winter food..m making it for sure to go with soup..u and ur work are brilliant.

Girl on Raw said...

you know I have never heard of socca but you have sold it to me! What a great way to have deliciously gotten rid of your zucchinis. Now I have booked marked it to try it out myself. Thanks Neeta.

Srivalli said...

It looks so good Neeta..will want to make it sometime..

sanjeeta kk said...

Lovely to have come here, I do share the same passion of creating healthy food. Beautiful recipes out here, hope to drop here often, best wishes.

Neeta said...

@Vee, you cheer me up immensely with your energy and I can almost feel your wide smiles in my heart, thank you so much!!! And hey, wish there was a health food store here that had a nut butter machine like the one you describe!!! But making them in a food processor is quite easy too :-) Hope you enjoy the Socca xoxox

@Robyn, Thanks a lot for your presence, I am so enjoying this connection with you and hope to discover and share more, much love xxx

@Valli, always a pleasure to have you drop in here :-)))) Hope make and enjoy this Socca and one day, we might meet in the South of France, who knows? ;-) hugssss

@Sanjeeta, thanks a lot, always happy to know another lover of healthy foods :-)

amy said...

so glad I found your site! This recipe looks amazing, I have to try it along with the mango cheesecake and avocado lime pie :D


Neeta said...

Thanks Amy and I'm very glad to discover your site too - hope you enjoy these goodies :-)

Sanjna Singh said...

Neeta! I am going to make your socca tonite. Does it freeze well? If not how long does it keep in the fridge, any idea?

Neeta said...

Sanjana, honestly everytime I've made Socca, it gets over while still warm, so I've never frozen or even kept it in the fridge!! :-) I'm sure you could leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours and try freezing it too - let me know how it works out, hope you enjoy it as much as I do xox