Farinata

Serves: 
4-8

Lunch

This is a poshed up version of a traditional Mediterranean street food. It's a mixture between a tortilla (omelette) and a savoury pancake and lends itself to different additions and different meals - breakfast, lunch, supper. It's great cold as a kind of finger food and it's also cheap as chips! 

Chickpea flour (also known as gram or besan flour) is inherently gluten-free and is widely available: World Food shelves in larger supermarket branches; Asian and other international grocers; health food shops. Brands to look out for include Dove's Farm, Sainsbury's, Elephant and Natco. 

Here's a close up: 

 


Ingredients

Batter 

  • 200g/1 2/3 cups chickpea/gram flour
  • 500ml/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Pinch black pepper

Filling

  • Around 5-6 whole artichoke hearts, sliced (tin or jar)
  • 1/2 red onion finely sliced (optional)
  • 12 whole sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp capers
  • About 12 pitted black olives, halved or sliced
  • Handful of chopped dill and 1 tbsp chives (or any fresh herbs of your choice), finely chopped

For a budget option, remove the artichokes and fresh herbs and use 1 tsp dried mixed herbs instead. 


Method
  • Sieve the gram flour into a large mixing bowl and then pour in the warm water. Whisk thoroughly and then cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and set aside to ferment for a minimum of two hours but ideally overnight. 
  • Preheat the oven to 210degC (fan)/410oF/Gas Mark 6-7. You can be prepping the rest of the ingredients now if you wish. 
  • When the batter is ready, remove any foam that has formed on top of the batter and then stir in the olive oil, salt, black pepper and fresh herbs.
  • Line the bottom of a baking tray (approx 15" x 11") with a good layer of olive oil so it forms a thin coating. Heat in the oven for a few minutes until smoking hot. 
  • When the oil is hot enough, remove the tray from the oven and pour in the batter. Then add your filling ingredients so they are evenly distributed. 
  • Bake in the oven until golden brown on top, approximately 15-20 minutes (don't overcook it or it will get rubbery). 
  • Let it cool slightly then cut into triangles or squares and serve with a nice fresh salad.

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