Ever since some of the other Salad as a Meal Challenge bloggers – Marche Dimanche, All Things Lovely and Urban Food Producer – made Socca, I’ve been dying to try it. The hold-up? Locating chickpea flour on the small island where I live. Ready to order the flour online, I remembered that the Grillmaster and I would be attending the annual Blossom Kite Festival in Washington, DC. (If you were there, he was the one with the microphone.) I finally found the flour at a Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA. I couldn’t wait to get home and join the Patricia Wells Socca Club!
Socca is a crisp crepe made with chickpea flour, salt, olive oil and pepper. The ingredients and preparation are simple, but Patricia says it takes some practice (and a special pan) to get the consistency just right. I’ve never had properly prepared socca in Nice like some of my fellow bloggers, so I’m not sure how mine actually turned out. All I know is that it tasted really, really good.
I used a 10-inch cast iron skillet instead of the 14-inch round socca or paella pan called for in the recipe, so I think my crepe was a bit thicker than it should have been. I also didn’t get the nicely browned edges. But the socca was delicious and the perfect accompaniment to salad. Although it was similar to pita bread, it had a much different and more interesting flavor.
Socca is a great alternative to bread for people with diabetes. One cup of chickpea flour has 53g carb, 10g fiber and 21g protein. Compare this to all-purpose white flour which weighs in at 95g carb, 3g fiber and 13g protein. Chickpea flour is also known as garbanzo bean flour or besan.
Give this a try and let me know what you think. I’m definitely a fan!
All nutritional information provided here was calculated by Diabetic Foodie using the tools on the nutritiondata.com website.
Chickpea Flour Crepes: Socca
Makes 6 servings
Per serving: 143 calories, 10g fat (1g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 9g carb, 2g fiber, 2g sugar, 3g protein
Disclosure: For my participation in the Four Weeks of Salad as a Meal Challenge, I received a copy of Salad as a Meal by Patricia Wells plus two copies to give away. This post contains at least one affiliate link, which means if you click it and make a purchase, I will receive a tiny fee. Please see my disclosures page for more information.