Socca, also called farinata in Liguria, is a tender pancake made from chickpea flour. Unlike the versions in Nice, which are cooked in copper pans, this one is baked in a cast-iron skillet before it is topped with a summery marinated squash salad. Preheating the cast-iron skillet in a 450°F oven yields a socca that is both crisp and tender.

July 2022


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
50 mins
2 to 4 servings


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet in preheated oven; let heat 10 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl until completely smooth, about 30 seconds. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes.

  • Carefully remove hot skillet from oven; lightly brush skillet with canola oil. Pour flour mixture into prepared skillet. Return to oven, and bake at 450°F until socca is set and lightly browned around edges, about 12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, toss together zucchini, yellow squash, olives, chives, lemon juice, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside until ready to serve. 

  • Invert socca onto a clean work surface. Top with zucchini mixture, leaving a 1-inch border; sprinkle with oregano, and garnish with ricotta salata. Cut into 8 slices. Serve immediately.

Suggested Pairing

Coastal French rosé: Clos Cibonne Cuvée Tradition