Magazine article Sunset

Socca? It's a Street Snack from the South of France

Magazine article Sunset

Socca? It's a Street Snack from the South of France

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A street snack called socca, popular in the south of France and Monaco, doesn't look particularly inviting, but its taste has a curious way of growing on you. It's a thin cake or pancake of garbanzo bean flour, water, and olive oil cooked on a big griddle. If you've tried scrapple, you'll find the taste and texture vaguely familiar and understand socca's earthy appeal.

Customers buy a chunk of hot socca to eat with a cool glass of wine.

You can duplicate socca at home, on the barbecue or the kitchen range. Garbanzo bean flour is available at some natural or health food stores. Or use canned garbanzos; they make crisper cakes. Serve as an appetizer or snack.

Socca 2 cups garbanzo bean flour Olive oil 2-1/4 cups water Salt and pepper

In a blender, whirl together until smooth the flour, 3 tablespoons olive oil, water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Place a heavy griddle or 10- to 12-inch frying pan 4 to 6 inches over a solid bed of coals at medium-high heat (or on a range at medium-high heat). …

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