Should Have Made This A Long Time Ago!

by HEAB on February 5, 2011

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I have been wanting to make socca forever, and I’m so glad I finally did!

CD’s brother is the play by play radio announcer for the South Carolina Gamecocks, and he was in town this weekend to call the USC vs Vanderbilt basketball game. Luckily, he arrived just in time for dinner on Friday night.

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CD made lentil stew, and I made the socca. The stew recipe can be found here, but instead of using sausage, we simply added the chorizo spice mix from the The Happy Herbivore cookbook. It was delicious – what a great combo of flavors Lindsay!

Now, let’s talk socca. After reading all about this wonderful chickpea flatbread over at Pure2Raw, I settled on the following recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup garbanzo bean flour

1 cup HEABified coconut milk

2 TBSP butter

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400℉. Mix all ingredients. Pour into a greased glass pie dish and bake for 45 minutes. That’s it, and it was perfect – kind of crisp and filled with buttery sweetness. I can’t wait to experiment more with the recipe. I’m thinking pizza crust!

Dinner was great, and Summer thoroughly enjoyed her time with Uncle Andy…

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And today Chris and I enjoyed the great seats Andy got us for the game…

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Thanks Andy!

Why I waited so long to try socca, I have no idea. Have you ever made it?

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I have been waiting WAY too long as well. Baking is so much easier than pan-frying and flipping, I think I’ll have this for lunch tomorrow!:)

Kiran February 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm

CD and Andy looks so alike!!!! Are they twins?? :)

HEAB February 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Kiran,
No, but CD tells me they used to get that question a lot when they were younger. Chris is older by 15 months. :)

Sandy February 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I came to the comments to ask the same thing. They look exactly like twins.

robyn jones clark February 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

i almost bought a bag of garbanzo flour today… darn it. guess i’ll go back monday and get some. i’m going to try the lentil stew next week. i’ve got some lentils that need to soak. :) i’ve got a bag of garbanzo beans in the pantry but i’m scared to try grinding them up..

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

Robyn,
Yes, go back! However, I did find a recipe for making your own, and it sounds pretty easy: http://blog.homemade-baby-food-recipes.com/how-to-make-chickpea-flour-at-home/. Let me know if you try it.

Christin@purplebirdblog February 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I’ve got that flour on my list definitely. It just sounds so good! And your idea of turning it into a pizza crust sounds crazygood, even if I haven’t tried it yet. ;)

Christin@purplebirdblog February 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Also, you’re beautiful. xo

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

Oh gosh, thanks Christin. Felt like a total grease ball yesterday, and so your comment was very nice to hear, and yes, get the flour. Loving this stuff!

Maryann (The Balanced Bean) February 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I have never even heard of socca but it looks/sounds delish and I love the short ingredients list!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm

holy resemblance between Andy and Chris! wow!! Just read the above comment reply that they are 15 mos apart. But wow!

Love that he’s a radio announcer. What a cool gig! I used to live in SC so I know what a big deal the Gamecocks are!

And socca. I have been following the Twins’ adventures in socca for months now..and still havent made my own. I need to jump on board, huh!

:)

Ann @ Day By Day February 5, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Actually yes! I’ve made it three times in the last few weeks. I read about Garbanzo Bean flour on Edible Perspective and decided to get some, since socca sounded so easy to make. I’m loving it! I made some with Trader Joe’s peanut flour and honey and it turned out really well.

shari February 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

ANN-
I would love to hear how you made it with peanut flour?

Ann @ Day by Day February 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I’m going to put it on my blog soon, but since I haven’t yet, here’s what I did.

The usual 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour, 1/2 cup water and mixed it up in a bowl with peanut flour (about 2 heaping tablespoons). I added cinnamon and cardamom (about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and less cardamom) then 1 teaspoon of honey. I made it on a pan with coconut oil for a few minutes per side! The peanut taste was subtle but good! I’m going to keep trying it and maybe adding more peanut flour!

Emily (Big Life, Little Blog) February 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I was at the game today too, only not in such good seats ;)

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

Emily,
Really? So fun, I wish we could have met. Let me know if you ever want to grab coffee or something. :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

I’ve never even heard of socca! It looks delish, and I have chickpea flour, so I will try it and give you a shout out for the inspiration. :)

CD and his brother could be twins!

Cameo February 6, 2011 at 12:08 am

Thanks for the socca recipe – totally going to try it!

Emilia @ Namaste Gurl February 6, 2011 at 12:19 am

After coughing up a whopping $3 dollars for chickpea flour, I’m proud to say I’ve experimented and cooked with it quite a bit! I’ve used it as a pizza, socca, pancake, hummus and much more! My favorite use of it thus far has been fan frying with a bit of olive oil, nooch and rosemary! I love me my garbanzo flour. :)

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

Emilia,
Oooh, I love your savory take on the socca. Thought of you this morning when I ate the rest of Friday’s night socca smothered in mashed avocado and coconut cream. :)

Amelia February 6, 2011 at 12:24 am

Looks like y’all had a fun weekend. I think that the socca would make a great pizza crust as well. Mmm!

You can definitely tell that CD and Andy are brothers. They aren’t twins, are they?

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

Amelia,
Nope, CD is 15 months older. :)

Katie February 6, 2011 at 12:36 am

I can’t believe how much Andy and CD look alike! WOW.

Socca pizza crust is such a great idea. After my failure at GF pizza crust, I might have to try your idea. I need the garbanzo flour though. Ugh…another blog post, another trip to the store. :)

Pure2raw Twins February 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

Yeah Heather for socca love!!! So glad that you tried it and love it as much as we do! Welcome to the the socca club, haha.
So many things you can do with it.

HUGS
Pure2raw Twins
Lori and Michelle

Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine February 6, 2011 at 12:51 am

I actually made socca for the first time earlier this week, too! I made it like pancakes here: http://masterofherromaine.blogspot.com/2011/02/ice-day.html
after I read about it on Fitnessista. I loved them! They were great with agave nectar on top!
I’ve been loving chickpea flour lately too–can’t believe I only just discovered it! I made chickpea flour dumplings for dinner tonight :)

Cilla February 6, 2011 at 1:00 am

You’ve just made me grin: I tried it for the first time for lunch today, although I did a pancake stovetop version rather than baking it.

Meagan February 6, 2011 at 1:16 am

I noticed socca on their website a few weeks ago. I was thinking about trying it, but I am not big on beans. I do do chickpeas, but not often. I wonder how digestible it would be?

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:53 am

Meagan,
Beans give me stomach bloat sometimes, but I didn’t have any problem with the socca.

Baking 'n' Books February 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

CD and Andy have the same eyes!

I never even knew what Socca was – is that what is on top of the stew in your picture? If it’s “buttery” tasting, then it must be good…sounds like Naan bread…mmm…

Elle February 6, 2011 at 2:15 am

Okay I apologize in advance, but I absolutely cannot resist making the joke that you’re a socca mom now! (ba dum bum!)

I made socca a few times and loved it, especially w a dash of cumin for extra roasty flavor and herbes de Provence. My favorite way to eat it is with a big old vinaigrette salad piled on top with lots of tomato and avocado.

I haven’t tried baking it yet, just did stovetop but your way sounds like it would get nice and crispy, which sounds more up my alley. My only complaint with mine was that I didn’t love the gooey interior. Gonna have to give it another go now.

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

Elle,
Too funny. Should have been my blog post title – Socca Mom Bakes. ;)

Gill (snaxandthecity) February 6, 2011 at 3:28 am

YUM I’ve been wanting to try socca forever as well, but can’t find the flour! Do you think you could grind up raw chickpeas?
CD and his bro look so alike!

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:54 am
Gill (snaxandthecity) February 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

Thanks Heather I’ll check it out!! I see socca in my future :)

Eimear Rose February 6, 2011 at 3:51 am

I love socca too, I found a recipe for it a couple of years ago in a baking column in one of the national newspapers here in the UK and I made it because it was french. It suggested adding fresh chilli or chopped herbs for some variety. I have used chickpea flour batter as an eggless quiche filling too with great success (although I now eat eggs). The only thing I find is that the flour goes off very quickly, it’s perhaps best stored in a glass jar in the freezer.
Sounds like you had a great weekend!

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

Eimear Rose,
Thanks for the tip. I’ll store my flour in the freezer. :)

VeggieGirl February 6, 2011 at 5:46 am

Never tried it before!!

Such a beautiful family :)

Hannah February 6, 2011 at 6:17 am

I must avert my eyes from this post… I’ve been wanting chickpea flour for a long time but coconut flour for longer, so I must stick with the one that I’ve been longing for the most. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I shall be making coconut cream for the first time!

I bet it’ll only be a week or so before I succumb to garbanzo flour too, though…

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hannah,
Yeah, it won’t be long. :)
Hope you enjoyed your coconut cream!

Katherine: Unemployed February 6, 2011 at 6:44 am

socca: not to be confused with soco. I’m definitely adding that to the things my husband better cook for me one day :)

Kara February 6, 2011 at 6:49 am

Summer seems to be looking at the camera saying “Who is this guy???” :)

lindsay February 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

I would be stalking the twins house if I lived closer. They make such wonderful socca! Agreed!
And wow, uncle andy and CD are like twins.
LC

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

Lindsay,
Me too – the twins would be like, “Heather, please go home”. Hehe. I love all their creations!

Ali (Student on A Health Craze) February 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’ve never even heard of socca! Will have to try it at some point!

It looks like you had fun at the game, and Summer had fun with her uncle!!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 6, 2011 at 8:26 am

I’ve never tried socca – in fact, I don’t even know what it is! :) Looks yummy though!

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) February 6, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’ve only made a chickpea bake similar to how you made it (with almond milk).. next I’d love to try making it on the pan or a pizza crust like you said! yum :)

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) February 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

I’ve never tried socca before, but now I MUST!!!! :)

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) February 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

Oh, and guess what I bought at the store yesterday? Goat milk butter!!!!!! It reminded me of you the second I saw it! :) I’ll let you know if I like it!

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

Alexandra,
Oooh yes, let me know how you like it. I would love to try goat milk butter!

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

Cute pics ;)

Ana February 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

I really like socca, it is totally delicious, and it comes to no surprise since I love chickpeas! I like the crispness on the edges and the almost creamy inside, it is so good!
I like to use olive oil to grease the pan, and sometimes a sprinkle of salt and pepper plus a little shaving of Parmesan cheese on top makes it delicious too!
Actually, it has been a while since I last made it and just talking about it made me drool, must make it again!
Love the pictures, you look so pretty Heather! And CD and his brother look very much alike!
Ana

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

Ana,
Yes, I stalked your blog for socca recipes because I know you love it but couldn’t find any. Your savory version with the Parm sounds delicious – bet CD would love that!

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun February 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

Whoa! CD and Andy look like twins! Are they?

I’ve never tried Socca – I’ve never heard of it! Is it similar to Naan?

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

Erika,
Nope, CD is 15 months older than Andy.

Naan is a lot more “fluffy”? The socca was thinner and kind of crisp.

ashley@Quasichick February 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

I haven’t made is, but have been seeing it on other blogs and really want to try it!

Alex @ Healing Beauty February 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

What cute pictures!

Rachel (tea and chocolate) February 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

Socca is my favorite! Glad you tried it. Pizza crust with chickpea flour sounds awesome.

Melissa @ TryingToHeal February 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

i’ve never even heard of it! i’ll have to look into that!

nicole February 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

Yes, CD and Andy do look like twins!
And now I’ve never tried the socca but if it’s that easy and that tasty, I’m all about it!!

carolinebee February 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

How funnnn, i love college basketball!! I danced for the *other* usc at all the bball games so I am super into it :D DId u take sum?? Gotta start her early ;D Have a great sunday Heabs! xoxoxoox

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

Caroline,
Nope, Sum stayed home with her nona (my mom). Gotta love free babysitting!

Erin February 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’ve not…why?! The ingredient list is to die!
I canNOT believe the resemblance between CD and Uncle Addy! SO cute :)
Have a great day Heather!

melissa @ the delicate place February 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

holy double take betwixt uncle andy and CD! i’ve never had socca but i def see it often in blogland. can’t deny it looks super tasty! let’s go steelers ;)

Natalia - a side of simple February 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

I’ve been wanting to try socca for a while now but I don’t like garbanzo beans so I’m weary to try. Can you describe the taste at all? Does it remind you of beans? I’m kind of a failure in that I don’t like a single form of beans that I’ve tried! :(
As always, Summer steals my heart <3

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather February 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I’ve never made socca but have seen it all over the place! My chickpea flour is all out though :(

A Teenage Gourmet February 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I made something almost identical, but I didn’t know that it proper name was “socca.” . . . I thought that it was delicious when warm/fresh, but not as good cold/old.

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Sami,
Yeah, I reheated the socca today. It was still good, but much better straight out of the oven!

Kate February 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I am a USC student! That is so cool that his brother is the radio announcer for USC!

Riss February 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Ooo! I’ve been wanting to make socca for MONTHS. You’ve pushed me over the edge! Guess I better dig that bag of garbanzo bean flour out of my freezer!

Ann Claire February 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I’ve never tried socca but you are making me want to. I guess I better get some garbanzo bean flour. The lentil stew looks delicious as well!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day February 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I make a lazy version of Socca. .my Chickpea Flatbread all the time. It’s one of my Go To breads.. so cheap, healthy and easy. If I want a tortilla type wrap I think the batter out more and if I want a thick more Socca like bread I use less liquid.. here’s a link to my recipe:
http://melomeals.blogspot.com/2010/11/healthy-pizza-and-wraps-gluten-free.html

Cailin @ Stir Crazy February 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Socca is yet another thing I’ve never even heard of! Does it have a strong chickpea flavor? I do love chickpeas, so this would be a good thing :)

HEAB February 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Cailin,
Not really. Tasted buttery and kind of sweet. So good – I think you’d love it. :)

Heather February 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I bought the chickpea flour a few weeks ago but I haven’t tried it out yet. I’m so excited to try it! I just saw Emilia make a pizza crust out of socca the other day! It looked super yummy!

faith February 8, 2011 at 8:17 am

I’ve been wanting to make socca forever also, thanks for the reminder! This week it WILL happen!

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