A grain-free, ultra satisfying mix of flavor and culture. This Mediterranean inspired socca pizza will literally blow your mind. Prepare for everything you thought you knew about pizza to change forever.
Well Isn’t This Nice
So, what is socca? And why are people turning it into pizza? We asked ourselves similar questions until we created this recipe. It was then that our pizza world turned upside down.
Let’s start with the base. Socca is like a pancake-bread hybrid that can be eaten both savoury or sweet. This cheap and simple food originated in Nice (hence the title), and is an extremely popular street food there.
Made with only chickpea flour, olive oil, water, and salt, it’s easy to imagine why you’ll want to make it again and again. It ticks all the boxes of easy to make, cheap, and filling. It’s perfect for people on a budget!
We’ve seen socca used for pizza crust before, so we thought it would be a great idea to make a recipe of our own. What’s not to love? Gluten-free, high protein, and provides a unique flavor to this Mediterranean inspired pizza.
So, with a few ingredients and under an hour, you’ll be chowing down on a completely homemade pizza.
Key Ingredients for Socca Pizza
- Chickpea flour: you can’t have socca without a base of chickpea flour! if you’re not familiar with this naturally gluten-free ingredient, it’s time to start using it more in your cooking and baking. It provides a rich flavor and contains plant-based protein, fiber, and iron. Can you say superfood? Seriously though, we find ourselves mixing this with other flours to add health benefits you may not get from general all purpose flour. We use Bobs Red Mill, and we can personally vouch for its delicious flavor.
- Olive oil: the second ingredient in a perfect socca recipe is oil. Traditionally, olive oil is used, and we wouldn’t recommended substituting it for anything else. It adds to the authentic taste while carrying huge benefits from healthy fats like oleic acid. When used in moderation, olive oil has actually been shown to help reduce inflammation and improve the lining of your blood vessels. Let’s keep the socca coming!
- Basil pesto: if you haven’t tried pesto on pizza, we’re not sure how you’ve made it this far in life. If you have, it’s time to try making our basil pesto recipe. It’s perfectly sweet, creamy, and has a little tang that makes an excellent addition to this Mediterranean style pizza.
- Toppings: to give this pizza a real Mediterranean vibe, we used sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion, roasted garlic, and artichokes. In combination with each other, these ingredients will transport you straight to a patio in the south of France.
How to Make Mediterranean Inspired Socca Pizza
To start this crust off, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F and oil a large, oven-safe skillet or pizza tray with olive oil. Then, combine the chickpea flour, water, and oil in a large mixing bowl.
Once all your clumps are removed, mix in the seasonings and pour the socca batter into the skillet or pizza tray. Bake it on 450 degrees F for 6-8 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to turn a light brown.
While you’re preparing the socca crust toppings, turn your oven down to 425 degrees F.
Prepare your pizza toppings by first roasting a head of garlic with some olive oil. Make a batch of our vegan pesto and parmesan, or use store bought to save time. Then, chop the red onion, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and arugula.
Once the crust is ready, layer the pesto on the bottom followed by some veggies (just leave the parmesan off at this point).
Bake the whole pizza for another 12-15 minutes on 425 degrees F, or until the edges are golden brown and coming away from the edges of the pan.
Once cooled slightly, slice your socca crust pizza and serve with our vegan parmesan on top!
How to Store Socca Pizza
This pizza is definitely best when eaten immediately after baking. However, it can store well in the fridge for 2-3 days. You could also freeze it for up to 10 days.
Why You’ll Love This Mediterranean Inspired Socca Pizza
This pizza is like nothing you’ve eaten before. We know you’re going to love it. It’s:
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
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8 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories156
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 1.1g 6%
- Cholesterol 0.9mg 1%
- Sodium 161.5mg 7%
- Potassium 255mg 8%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3.1g 13%
- Sugars 2.8g
- Protein 5.0g 10%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Do I have to let the socca batter rest before baking?
You do not need to let the socca batter rest before baking. If you are not rushed, you can let it rest for an hour, but it doesn’t make much of a difference in our experience.
How can I make this cheaper?
You can make this recipe even cheaper by excluding some or all of the toppings. The great thing about socca is how amazing it tastes on its own dipped in some hummus!
How do I know the socca is done?
You will know the socca is done when the edges are coming away from the pan and they look golden brown.