I’m completely in love with this simple, plant-powered, grain-free recipe. I make it as a before-dinner nosh all the time. The super crispy thin and slightly nutty warm socca pairs perfectly with the creamy, cool avocado mash. It is loaded with protein and fiber from the chickpea flour and then topped with healthy fat and more fiber from the avocado for an incredibly satisfying pre-dinner snack. It also makes a fun appetizer when entertaining. It is like gourmet street food and will make your kitchen smell amazing when it comes out of the oven. Your guests will want to dive right in. Whenever I serve it it disappears almost instantly. People just cannot resist thin, crispy, delicate, golden brown homemade socca!
I have talked about socca on this blog before and as I have continued to make it, I continue to come up with new variations. One of the biggest differences between this recipe and most other socca recipes is this one is much thinner and crispier. My previous socca recipe was used more as a flatbread/pizza crust. This new one is almost paper thin and completely golden brown and crispy throughout. I achieve this by dividing the batter in half, flipping the socca toward the end of baking and increasing the water and oil used in the recipe. It sounds so simple and somewhat obvious, but it transforms this flatbread into a flaky crispy tostada-like miracle. It is light and delicate and perfect for topping with your favorite dip. The crispy factor combined with the flaky sea salt makes this flatbread so addictive. I typically end up eating an entire socca myself in one quick sitting. Good thing this recipe yields two!
If you haven’t seen socca all over the internet lately and are wondering what I’m talking about, here is a quick overview. It is an oven-baked flatbread/crepe typically made in a cast-iron skillet coated in oil. It is essentially just cooked garbanzo bean flour (chickpea flour) and water. That’s it!
You can flavor the batter with salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, red pepper flakes or fresh herbs. I kept the recipe below neutral for more versatility but you can certainly play around with adding herbs and spices to vary it up.
I fell in love with socca a couple months back and started using it as a pizza crust and flatbread. It has been perfect for me since I’m allergic to yeast, wheat, gluten and eggs.
This socca recipe is versatile and basically creates a large crispy chip that you can rustically break apart and use in so many ways. It would make a great addition to salads, soups, chilis and stews in place of bread. It can be topped like a crispy flatbread or gourmet thin crust pizza. And I love to dip it in just about anything since it is neutral in flavor.
Here, I paired it with a 3-ingredient avocado mash that you can quickly make while the socca bakes. I simply mash California Avocados with flaky sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. It is cool, creamy, salty and perfect with the crispy socca. Plus, the avocado adds healthy fats, dietary fiber and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals such as potassium, folate, vitamin E, C and B6.