Last night I made a delicious farinata for dinner. The name literally means "floured" and is a popular street food in the Liguria region of Italy. I first tasted it when I studied abroad in 2007 and finally got around to making one. It's a dense pancake-like dish made from chickpea flour, and made a simple, delicious dinner when paired with some steamed veggies.
I think simple is my new thing.
I loosely following this recipe from the Minimalist
Basic Farinata: (serves 4ish generously)
4 cups warm water
3 cups chickpea flour (Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
2 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
5 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 475*
- Fill a large bowl with the water and slowly whisk in the flour to prevent lumps
- Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hr, but as long 12 hrs
- Skim any foam that has formed on the top and add the oil, salt & pepper. You can add any other herbs or sauteed veggies at this stage if you want to get creative.
- Pour the mixture into a very well greased baking pan (mine was 9 x 13 and worked perfectly)
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until crispy golden brown and cooked throughout.
This was amazing and next time I am going to experiment with some more flavors and a little less oil next time. Although, I might just keep it simple.