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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Socca (Chickpea Pizza) Integral and The Beaux Box. Sustainable Boxes. Vegan. Gluten Free. Chickpea Crust Pizza Pie.

Instagram Garden Lunch.  Shrooms.  Garden Squash.  Garden Salad.  Fruit Salad. Socca.
Socca is a Chickpea type of bread.  You can make it thick or thin and add veggies or not.  It's great with herbs & garden veggies mixed in.  We surprised Don at "The Beaux Box" last Sunday & seriously, this was our dinner.  Totally on the fly.  All fresh & organic food.  So simple, so delicious.  No salt.  And the only oil was to coat the cast iron pan for the Socca.  If you use Bob's Red Mill Chickpea/Besan/Fava bean flour, you can buy Certified Gluten Free-in the event that you have someone in your life that can't take cross-contamination.  If that isn't an issue, just buy Besan flour on the cheap from your Indian Store.  Or take dried chickpeas & grind them in your Vita-Mix!  A high protein type of "crust", gluten free, and a great alternative to regular flour.  

The Shrooms just have a Sundried Tomato, Garlic, Water, Garlic Herb mixture in them.  The zucchinis are simply cooked on top of stove in a small amount of water with herbs & sundried tomatoes.  Salad with Apple Cider Vinegar & a Splash of Flax Oil.  Fruit Salad just Cut up fruits! Yum!  Simple.  Easy. Healthy.  Filling.

Socca Recipe: 

*  1 cup besan (chickpea flour) which may be Bob's Red Mill for gluten intolerance 
* 1 cup water
* salt <optional> to taste
* Mix with whisk (may take only a minute or two, flour must be moistened just as with pancake batter)

*Add chopped greens and herbs:
*I used kale, chard, beet (all de-stemmed) and basil, shredded young zucchini (I used a peeler and just peeled and peeled until I got to the seeds, cut the peelings short and discard seeds. Some rosemary or thyme, and by accident some stevia.
*Onions chopped into strips, and onion tops chopped.
*As you may have guessed, fillings are fillings, just stir them in well.

*Oven preheat to 425º when starting process. Cast iron frypan preheated to hot on stovetop, toss in some coconut oil and swirl just before stirring. Add mixture to hot pan and chuck into oven for 30 minutes or a little more if desired

*10 inch pan gives thick, softer socca, bake perhaps
*16 inch pan gives thin pizza-like crusty texture
*Coconut oil definitely adds a wonderful flavor, pan must be coated but not too much is needed
*If you try it, give us some feed back as to how you like it.

*If fresh tomatoes are used, less or perhaps no water will be needed, mix the flour to moist, then add the other chopped ingredients.
*Use what is available.
*Cook until crisp or browned.  Thinner crusts generally take less time.  If you make a thick version, you may have a preference on how custardy you like it.

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  1. The dinner sounds great! I love that box - so beautiful.

    1. Yes, loving on the socca now!!!!! Have to get the men to make some more!!