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GREEN & WHITE SOCCA PIZZA by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


happy first spring friday! that feels so good good to type :) . even if it’s still chilly, and there’s little-to-nothing sprouting, the beginning of spring feels like such an exciting time - full of possibility and hopefulness. but it’s also a time where you’re still craving something warm and cozy, that’s also light and refreshing. this is where this green socca comes in.

i find socca to be the perfect canvas for about any topping, and for every season. in the winter you can pile it next to a hearty soup or stew; summer it can be served with a big garden salad; autumn paired with roasted vegetables; and spring served with everything green! i’ve been making socca for such a long time that i’m surprised it never occurred to me to bulk its’ nutritional value up by adding a handful of greens to the mix. i’ve been working with a nutritionist here in LA for a while, and her approach to creating a balanced lifestyle is keeping your blood sugar in check. i find that my mind is clearer, when i limit my carb intake. but every few weeks we make pizza, and i if i can sneak everything in a pie that keeps me thriving, and my blood sugar in check (with a few carbs thrown in there) then i’m ok. so here we have it: a socca that’s full of protein, healthy fats (we add olive oil), fiber, and greens!

i love the pure ease in a meal like this. the batter gets thrown in a blender (or food processor), rests for 30 minutes-1 hour. then partially cooked, topped, cooked again, and served. it’s one of those cornerstone meals; whether your’e making it into a pizza, throwing a salad on top, serving it beside breakfast eggs. it has the ability to be whatever you need it to be, for whatever meal you need it for.

but here we’re making pizza, because if fridays and weekends aren’t a good time for pizza, then i don’t know when is! this pizza is topped with a vegan ricotta cheese, wild arugula, shaved red onion, pine nuts, olive oil, chives, and flaky sea salt. i’m not sure what flavor profile i was going for, but it all works out in the end for a seriously tasty combination. i hope you get the chance to make this one, i think you’ll really love it :)

xo!



green & white socca pizza | gf & v

  • while socca batter can be made ahead of time, cooked socca is one of those dishes best served fresh. whenever i reheat leftovers, they tend to dry and disappointing, not inedible, but not the best. so unfortunately this isn’t a pizza i would advise you freeze and reheat.

  • feel free to use whatever toppings you prefer, but i would advise you not to use any cheese that’s too milky or watery, like a burrata for example.

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| makes one 12-inch “pie” or 8 slices |

green socca

  • 1 cup chickpea flour (also called garbanzo bean flour)

  • 1/2 cup baby spinach

  • 1/2 cup mixed chives and parsley

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • fresh ground pepper, to taste

toppings:

  • vegan ricotta or mozzarella (for ricotta i like kite hill brand, and for mozzarella i use miyoko’s brand)

  • 1/4 cup baby arugula, divided

  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced paper thin

  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts

  • olive oil, for drizzling

  • 1-2 teaspoons chopped chives (optional)

  • flaky sea salt



method

  1. in a blender or food processor, combine the flour, spinach, herbs, water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. whiz on high until the batter is a vibrant green color, scraping down the sides as needed. pour the socca batter into a large bowl, and let it rest for 30 minutes-1 hour.

  2. 20-30 minutes before you cook the socca, place a 12-inch cast iron skillet in the center of your oven (rack should be placed in the middle). and preheat oven to 400°F with the skillet inside.

  3. remove the skillet from your oven and pour in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, carefully swishing it around to make sure it covers the bottom of the pan evenly. then pour in the batter, tilting the pan to spread the batter evenly across the pan. place back in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes, until cooked through, but not browned.

  4. remove the socca from the oven and turn the heat up to 500°F. top socca with arugula, ricotta, shaved onion, and pine nuts. drizzle the top with some olive oil and place back in the oven (by this time your oven should have come to temp., if not, wait until it has). cook socca for another 5-8 minutes, until edges are browned, onions are soft, and nuts are toasted. remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.

  5. slice the socca pizza into 8 pieces and serve with the remaining arugula, chopped chives, and another drizzle of olive oil. finish the pizza with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, if desired, and serve immediately.


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8 Favorite Recipes Using Chickpea Flour (+ a giveaway) by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal

happy friday! just in case you're looking for some, i'm popping in for a bit of weekend inspiration! before i developed an entire cookbook based around chickpea flour, i used it quite frequently in my daily life, and here on the blog.  some of you may remember a few of the recipes highlighted here, or if you're a newer visitor you may have missed them all together! no worries, though! i've put together 8 of my all-time favorite savory chickpea flour recipes for you :)  there's a vegan pizza dough recipe, a falafel recipe, savory waffles (!), and a protein packed chickpea salad with the chickpea flour-based tzatziki from my book!

and i'm not sure if you're aware, but 2016 is the international year of pulses!  what are pulses you ask?  they're the delicious, edible seeds of plants in the legume family, like: lentils, beans, and chickpeas.  i'm always trying to get my plant protein on - especially since i've been pregnant. when i was developing my book i quickly came to realize that, in particular,  chickpea flour was endlessly versatile and could be used in just about any application.  along with the recipes below, my book also highlights savory recipes like chickpea flour noodles, pasta-like spaetzle, dressings made from chickpea flour (they're not weird, i promise!); and a slew of sweet baked goods like a birthday cake, cookies, and some super delish almond butter brownies!  so if you'd like, you can join me in taking the pulse pledge you can do so here and pledging to make pulses a larger part of your diet :)  

*giveaway: my book, Chickpea Flour Does It All made its debut just over 5 months ago!  so, in celebration of that, and in celebration of pulses in general, i'm giving away a copy to one of you all!  to enter: leave a comment below about your favorite dishes using pulses! giveaway will close friday, september 16, 2016, at 5pm EST. (open to US and Canada only.)

this post was created in partnership with USA Pulses & Pulse Canada.  all opinions, as always, are my own.  thank you for supporting the sponsors that help keep dolly and oatmeal going! 

chickpea & avocado tzatziki salad  this salad is a year-round favorite, and a quick meal to throw together.  whether for lunch, or as a side for dinner, it's hearty and light at the same time.  plus, the chickpea flour-based tzatziki recipe makes enough servings for plenty of leftovers, or to use as a dip! 

zucchini-basil chickpea waffles with tomato & shaved fennel salad  waffles for dinner is always something i can totally get down with!  these savory waffs are made with zucchini and basil, but feel free to substitute shredded carrots in for the summery zucchini, or another herb for the basil.  the salad on top can also be swapped for a more seasonal-friendly option.  i would think that a root veg slaw (maybe beets) with a zippy dressing would be fun here. 

chickpea pizza with garden pesto & caramelized balsamic shallots  this recipe comes right out of my book, and it's a weekly favorite in our house!  while the pizza dough does call for other flours besides chickpea (brown rice, sorghum, and arrowroot), this blend is only used to give it a more familiar flavor and texture.  i particularly love using a baking stone to provide a more even flow of heat, making the bottom crisp up really nicely and offer the dough those air bubbles we all know and love!  plus, it's vegan friendly as well!

kabocha squash biscuits (with black lentil & kale chili)  whether you're making this complete dish (which i gently nudge you to), or just making the biscuits themselves, you'll end up with a baked treat that's nourishing and cozy.  these kabocha squash biscuits can be made with any winter squash puree, whether it's butternut, acorn, or pumpkin.   

chickpea flour flatbread with new potatoes & fresh basil  this is a super versatile flatbread recipe that can be topped with your go-to toppings, or whatever ingredients you have on hand.  the recipe is super easy to put together, doesn't call for yeast and a quick resting period.  

mung bean, chickpea & cilantro falafel tacos  the chickpea flour and mung beans give these falafel a double dose of protein, while the cilantro and spices give them tons of awesome flavor.  i love throwing them in a brown rice, or sprouted corn tortilla, topping with a simple avocado-radish salad, and a lemony tahini sauce.  they're good for on-the-go, or just a fun lunch or dinner. 

za'atar spiced chickpea crackers  these crackers were so good and have been such a staple in my house, that they made it into my book.  they're crisp, flavorful, and perfect for any dip.  their toppings can be super versatile as well.  i've made them with shredded nori and sesame seeds, as well as a garlic & herb mix.  have fun and play around!

summer socca salad with burst tomatoes & roasted zucchini another year-round go-to is socca.  anyone who has made it probably knows that it can be made plain, with any and all add-ins, topped with various toppings, made as pizza, or as a side companion to most dishes.  i love topping socca with simple salads in the summer, grains and beans in the colder months, or served alongside soup or eggs.   

summer socca salad w/ burst tomatoes + roasted zucchini by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


i've had a very loose summer "to-do" list, and i'm actually making progress on it (which is really encouraging because i'm the biggest procrastinator and lists rarely ever keep in line)! some items are coming along, while others are more of a long-term kind of deal:

  1. plant a wild flower/meadow garden (and keep it alive) - so far ✔
  2. work on toning my arms a la linda hamilton in terminator 2 - ✔ still a work in progress ;)
  3. grill (gf + v) pizza! - ✔ we did this the other night, and while the grill was too hot, and the bottom of the dough was black and charred, it was still awesome. i'm planning a major post for this recipe when we get it just right!)
  4. a designated no-social-media-day - eh, i have good weeks and not so good weeks with this one. 
  5. read more books, like real tangible books - half-✔. am i the only one who has my nose in the middle of about 5 books for the past 2 years? halp.

speaking of schedules and lists, the opposite can be said for what we've been eating recently. i've been on this kick of preparing easy peasy meals with familiar pantry items and whatever i pick up at the market that the weekend. there's always some sort of grain or legume, a punchy sauce to make things exciting, and little extras like fried capers or toasted breadcrumbs for added crunch and flavor. since the development side of my cookbook has wound down, i'm feeling like i have a surplus of quiet energy that's insisting to just go with the flow. for a while it was a non-stop schedule of recipe testing, styling, and shooting. and while it's been a really fulfilling project, it was also mentally and physically exhausting. so laying back and letting food, and cooking be breezy is what life is dictating at the moment, and i'm just going with it! this socca salad recipe is very much in line with what meals have been looking like around here this summer, veg-heavy, super gratifying, and importantly, low key. 

my husband has always been on board with socca since i first began making it a few years ago. it was one of the first bread-y things (since going gluten-free) we could partake in and enjoy together, and it's been a wrap since then.  this recipe is a very basic socca recipe, one that i've been making and tweaking for years. it's one of those tried and true recipes that i love preparing for lunch, dinner, or as an appetizer for when we have friends over.  socca is so good that sometimes it's best when left plain and topless, but it can also be a blank canvas for just about anything you want to pile on top of it; in this case a simple summer salad. there's a bit of easy prep required but nothing that's tiresome or laborious, just some mixing, roasting, baking, and serving, all for an uncomplicated summer meal!

big hugs! x



summer socca salad w/ burst tomatoes + roasted zucchini (v + gf)

i make this socca 2 ways. the first one is using the entire batter in a 10-12" pan for 1 large, slightly thick round. the other way is to divide the batter between 2 pans and make 2 smaller soccas with a crispy texture. both variations are great, but i tend to like a smaller crispier socca when served with a salad. the toppings can of course vary to include different grains or vegetables, and the yogurt or hummus can be substituted for creme fraiche or labneh if dairy is your thing.  

| serves 2 as a main |

socca

  • 1 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup + 1-2 teaspoons water
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced

salad

  • 5-6 small vine tomatoes
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 1 heaping cup), sliced into 1/4" thick slices
  • olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups mixed baby greens
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons hummus or tahini yogurt sauce
  • herb flowers or torn squash blossoms, for serving (optional)

 



method

socca batter

  • in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and pepper; whisk in 1 cup of water - batter should be similar to thin pancake batter (but not as thin as crepe batter), if batter is too thick, add water a teaspoon at a time until batter has thinned out.  drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the garlic, whisk until thoroughly combined.  let mixture sit for 30 minutes or up until 12 hours lightly covered with a dishtowel.

salad

  • preheat oven to 400° F and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.  in a small bowl toss together the tomatoes, zucchini, and 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  turn out onto the lined baking sheet and bake until tomatoes are burst and zucchini is tender, about 12-14 minutes. (if you're using smaller tomatoes like grape or cherry, cook time may be less.) remove from oven and let cool.  combine the quinoa and greens in large bowl, then add the cooled roasted vegetables, set aside.

assemble

  • when you're ready to make the socca, place a 10-12" cast iron skillet (or an oven proof skillet) on an oven rack in the bottom third of your oven, then preheat to 450° F. 
  • once the oven is preheated, carefully remove the skillet from the oven, pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil into the skillet and gently swirl the pan to distribute the oil.  give the socca batter one last whisk and then pour it into the skillet, swirling to evenly cover the pan.  quickly place back into the oven and bake for 12 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned; turn oven temperature up to 500° F and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until edges are crisp and browned and top of socca is golden.
  • remove skillet from oven, and let it rest while you dress the salad.  drizzle salad with 3 teaspoons olive oil, and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper.  use a spatula to lift the socca from the pan and place on a large cutting board. slice the socca in half, or serve whole and top with hummus or yogurt, and the burst tomato and roasted zucchini salad. 

enjoy!

**to make a smaller, thin socca (like the one pictured). heat two 10-inch skillets in the oven. once oven is preheated, remove pans one at a time; add 1-1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and swirl to cover pan. add half of the socca batter and swirl to cover the bottom of the pan; place back in oven and repeat with other pan. cook until edges are golden and crisp, about 10 minutes; turn oven temperature up to 500° F and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until edges are brown and top of socca is golden.  remove from heat and serve with hummus/yogurt, and salad. 


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