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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Socca from Vieux Nice #French Fridays with Dorie

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I was 14 years old when I went to Nice with my oldest sister. My clearest memory of the place was not of eating Socca, food was not in our travel budget,... it was of struggling with my bathing suit top. A French boy kept saying something to me that I didn't understand. My sister finally translated. 

"He says why bother?" 

"Because I don't want tan lines." 

"But you don't have to wear a top here."

 I was horrified by the thought of not wearing a top, and yes, at that moment I realized; I was a prudish American.


socca

I have other memories of Nice. The beach is made of pebbles not sand. It was really cool to look at, but very uncomfortable to lay on... and there is a town square. At night my sister and I danced to local French and African bands. Such a beautiful place...

Oh yes, Socca... well my socca's batter looked to thin to me, so I added more, and more, chickpea flour to it. I poured it into a cast iron skillet, because I don't have a pizza pan which Dorie recommended to use. Well, I guess I put too much batter in the pan and the socca came out like cornbread.


socca and sausage

I can't tell you how disappointed my cornbread loving family was when they learned that they were not having cornbread but chickpea floured socca for dinner. They deemed the flavor OK, but the texture.. no go. I agreed it should have been thin. I found the taste simple, but genuinely appealing. The addition of rosemary was a wonderful accent flavor that complemented the spicy sausage and escarole that I sautéed up to serve with this bread.



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 


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26 comments:

  1. My family loves cornbread too and complains if I put too much sugar in it :) It looks beautiful in the photo!

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  2. that is a funny story of visiting Nice.
    Socca sounds like something I may need to try.

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    1. It was definitely funny. Socca is interesting.

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  3. Funny story! Loved it. :)
    From one prudish American, to another...happy summer! :)

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    1. Thanks a lot I think there are many of us.

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  4. Loved your memories of Nice. I remember going to the Lido near Venice and being one of the few wearing a bikini top (I was with my parents, but even without them, I would have remained covered!!!).

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    1. Ah welcome to the Prudish American Club Liz... LOL.

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  5. When I go to the beach I never wear a top. Perhaps i learned that in Nice because I certainly managed to learn nothing of socca while I was there. I'm making up for lost time.

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    1. Oh but I think you would look so cute in a yellow poka dot bikini.

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  6. Loved your story about your visit to Nice…it had me smiling! I would think my grandkids would prefer the taste of cornbread to the socca. However, my husband and I both enjoyed it! Happy weekend, Diane!

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    1. Yes, if you grow up with Socca you wouldn't think twice about eating it... I'm sure there are places in the world where kids find cornbread unappealing... but not in my house.

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  7. What a fun memory of visiting Nice! I could see it through your description! Bummer that this was so thick. At least it was easy if you wanted to do a repeat. :)

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    1. True a repeat is necessary I really want to see what it is like thin and crispy I love the crackle on the top.. truly an interesting bread.

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  8. Don't worry, I wouldn't have been game to go topless either, now or when I was 14. Sorry that the socca didn't meet your expectations. I halved the recipe, and I am starting to think that that may have been a good thing as far as keeping it thin. I do love how you made it look like a beach!

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    1. Thanks I had to do something with my sorry socca.

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  9. I love your pictures. I think socca is something to get used to. When you are at the market on an empty stomach, looking at all the delicacies, it is filling and delicious. As something new to the table, in place of bread it is a bit lacking.

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    1. Interesting so it has a place specific appeal... I can see that.

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  10. In my youth, I probably would have had an easier time of going with the flow - today, not so much.
    Hopefully, you will enjoy this better on a redo.

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    1. Cher you wild woman you,... yeah now I'm not too keen on even wearing a bathing suit in general...LOL. But I'm no longer a sun bather.

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  11. I'm definitely in the Prudish American Club with you, Diane. I think you should give this another go with a thinner pancake. I liked the crispy outside and soft inside texture contrasts. I think it's worth trying again. I just used a regular 9-inch cake pan (with half the batter).

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  12. Ha! Those darn bathing suits...trouble from the beginning and all the way through life. :) I'm thinking these soccas might actually be good griddled like pancakes (but who doesn't like sizzling olive oil crispiness -- mmmm!) Give it another go sometime, I think you'll like it.

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  13. Very interesting and I learn about foods every week that I never knew about. And, I have heard about a lot of different kinds of flours lately with the whole gluten free thing, but never chickpea flour. I'm sure I couldn't find it in a store here. but I'm very intrigued!! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous MOndays.

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    1. It seems that chickpea flour has been around forever.. possibly the original gluten free flour. You should be able to find it in a healthfood store.

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  14. Love your story! Re: the thickness of the socca, I had no real idea what it was supposed to look like (even Googling pictures it was not clear) so mine was too thick as well. I'd like to make it again much thinner and crispier.

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    1. I did seem some thick ones, one filled with zucchini, but I think the thin crisp bread is the way too go.

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