It has several names but the result is only one: your total satisfaction near to the addiction: the Farinata.
The version coming from the Italian cuisine, is the Farinata, principally a Ligurian dish.
On the French side is the Socca, like a thin pancake, and as in Italy, has the same basic ingredients chickpea flour and olive oil. It’s served as a snack street food when you’re in these hectic days and craving something delicious, golden-crunchy and cheap!
In my country Uruguay and in Argentina, with an enormous Italian immigration, came the farinata but derived its name in “faina“.
Faina is also made chickpea flour and it’s a flatbread. It’s impossible to not serve with enough black pepper, as a crunchy-nutty appetizer, depending if you want from the border (thinner and crispier) or of the middle (thicker and less crisp but more intense savor of the garbanzo).
Chickpeas are a versatile culinary product, with high proportion of proteins and carbohydrates, repeatedly found in the Indian cuisine and Middle East cuisines as well. You can describe the faina similar to a “hummus” but in a thin bread style.
A tradition here is to eat pizza a caballo (“a caballo” means “on horseback”) and it consists of a slice of pizza topped with a slice of faina, an especial warm-savory sandwich, so yummy. This invention, as I know, isn’t a common practice in Italy, only in the Rio de la Plata (Uruguay and Argentina).
The Faina is easy to do and has the combination of chickpea flour, olive oil, water, baked it in a very hot oven and seasoned with black pepper more herbs.
Variants of the same, you can add to the batter alternatively chopped onions, a soft garlic nuance, red peppers, parmesan cheese….or better, all together.
Faina – Farinata – Socca Recipes
- Farinata with Grilled Vegetables by eCurry
- Chickpea Terrine by Rosa’s Yummy Yums
- Soft Chickpea Focaccia (Farinata) with Rosemary, Zucchini, & Roasted Red Peppers Recipe by Cookin’ Canuck
- Fabulous Farinata by The Daily Spud
- Recipe for Socca (Garbanzo or Chickpea Flatbread Pancake from France) by Kalyn’s Kitchen
- Socca à Nice: how to eat and run on the Côte d’Azur by Chez Pim
- Fa-ri-na-ta! by Creampuffs in Venice
- Chickpea Farinata With Tomatoes, Onion, Olives And Herbs – Gluten-Free by Lucullian Delights
- Socca, Enfin by David Lebovitz
- Fainá – Garbanzo Flatbread by South American Food
- For the Love of Farinata by The Hungry Engineer
- Farinata by Tofufortwo
- Farinata al rosmarino by Lemonpi
- Chickpea Flour Pizza (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free) by Go Dairy Free
As vegan & gluten-free friendly, is perfect for every occasion that you need a quick appetizer!
Have you tried faina, socca or farinata or the “name” you want? Do you’ve a magical faina recipe to share?