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Farinata?

BuxwheatBuxwheat Posts: 727
edited 10:17PM in EggHead Forum
On my last trip to Italy we went to the town that my family came from: Carrara. While we were there we ate at a little cafe/bakery/pizzeria and had something that appeared to be just pizza crust. I gathered from what the owners said that it was made with ceci peas (chickpeas). Pretty tasty stuff. The pie was more or less round in shape, but instead of slicing it in wedges, it was just cut in strips. Served on a piece of wax paper with black pepper to sprinkle on it to taste. Really liked this stuff, but until today I didn't know what it was called. A Google search for "Chickpea Pizza" turned up something called Farinata. Looking at a few of the recipes, the description sounded a lot like what I ate. It is a common street food in the Liguria region (Genoa). Carrara is in Tuscany, but close to Liguria so it stands to reason that it would be common there, too. Anyone ever heard of or eaten or made Farinata before? I'm thinking about trying it on the egg. The recipes call for cooking it in a cast iron skillet on a pizza stone, but I'm pretty sure I saw them pull it right out of the oven on a peel. Maybe they were just reheating it. Anyway, if any of my Dego friends out there (Zippylip?) know anything about this stuff, let me hear from you.

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  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    I can't find it in any of my food dictionaries. I'd be real interested in what you find out and the recipe that you try. Also if you could post your process..temps time and thoughts. That'd be cool. Thanks!!
    Molly
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  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    Molly
    Colorado Springs
    "Loney Queen"
    "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it."
    Bill Bradley; American hall of fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey
    LBGE, MBGE, SBGE , MiniBGE and a Mini Mini BGE
  • DavekatzDavekatz Posts: 763
    I've made this version a couple of times and enjoyed it:
    http://www.thedailyspud.com/2008/11/10/fabulous-farinata/

    Gram flour is chickpea flour.
    Food & Fire - The carnivorous ramblings of a gluten-free grill geek.
  • Good timing! I was just looking through the flour variety at our grocery a couple days ago, trying to find rye, and happened across chickpea flour. I had never heard of such a thing. I might have to give this a try!
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