Socca

Skillet Socca with summer pesto, sausage, snap peas, basil and fresh chèvre 

Skillet Socca with summer pesto, sausage, snap peas, basil and fresh chèvre 

Socca or Farinata has recently become popular among the gluten free community as its a quick way to get your pizza fix without that pesky gluten. I first heard of socca when I was in La Spiza, Italy. We wandered into a hole in the wall pizzeria and ordered a quatro fromaggio pie but noticed that all the locals seemed to be eating this mysterious chickpea pizza. I had to know what all the fuss was about. 

The key to an excellent socca is a well seasoned skillet, good chickpea flour and tasty toppings. I got my first recipe from my girl Grace over at Food Fitness Fresh Air and made it for a lunch at the farm. It was a big hit. Socca seems intimating but it really is a painless process. Simply make your batter with equal parts chickpea flour and water. Heat your skillet under your broiler, pour in batter, cook until golden, and top with whatever please! Enjoy! 

Summer Socca

Crust-

1 cup chickpea flour

1 cup water

Extra virgin olive oil

Combine chickpea flour, water, 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil, a pinch of salt, and pepper to season. Set aside for and allow to rest. Prepare pesto.

Garden Pesto-

1/2 cup nuts

5 cloves garlic

5 cups fresh basil/herbs leaves, packed

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine ingredients in food processor and gradually add olive oil. Blend until desired consistency is reached. 

Preheat broiler. Allow a 10 inch cast iron skillet to heat under the broiler for 5 minutes. Carefully remove skillet and pour in chickpea batter. Return to broiler and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until golden brown. Top with pesto and cheese, sausage and other veggies. Enjoy! 

 

Plum + Ricotta Galette

Santa Rosa Plum Galette with house made licorice basil goats milk ricotta

Santa Rosa Plum Galette with house made licorice basil goats milk ricotta

This Galette was a fourth of July inspired pastry. Once again we had a tremendous amount of Santa Rosa Plums at Camp Joy just screaming to be used. Galettes are simple and surprising easy to prepare. The crust that hugs the ricotta and plum filling can be used in both sweet and savory galettes; tomatoes, peaches, spinach and cheese are all excellent choices! 

Plum + Ricotta Galette 

Crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

Zest of half a lemon

8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/4 cup ricotta, yogurt or sour cream

3 to 4 tablespoons cold water

Combine flour, salt, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl. Add butter pieces and work into a coarse meal, so the butter turn into roughly the size of a pea. Add water to ricotta and knead into dough. Make a ball and wrap in plastic. Flatten into a disc. Chill for at least an hour. 

Filling
3-5 plums, sliced

1 sprig licorice basil, minced

Pinch of salt

1 cup ricotta

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On parchment paper roll out dough until about a 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut into pentagon shape. Lay ricotta in center and lay plums atop in a spiral pattern and sprinkle with basil. Gently fold dough around filling.

Glaze
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water

coarse sugar, for sprinkling

With a pastry brush, brush yolk mixture on outside of pastry and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool & enjoy!

Goats Milk Ricotta

4 cups goats milk

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3 tablespoons distilled vinegar, fresh lemon or lime juice

butter muslin

In a non reactive pot, simmer milk until 185 degrees. Remove from heat and add salt and vinegar. Strain through butter muslin for 10 minutes.