Like pancakes, these savoury Italian flatbreads take time, but make a large batch, and freeze the leftovers and you’ll have them ready to reheat whenever you’re craving them. They’re great substitutes for tacos, wraps, or individual pizzas with whatever toppings you like. High-protein chickpea flour adds a nutty flavour, and a quick fermentation adds a gentle sourness, which also makes it more digestible. But don’t worry if you don’t have time to leave the batter overnight; just whisk together the chickpea flour and water immediately before cooking.
Aquafaba is the leftover liquid from cooking chickpeas and some other beans. You can use the drained liquid from a can of chickpeas or reserve the liquid from cooking dried chickpeas that you soak overnight and boil the next day.
For chickpea batter, the night before, in large bowl, whisk chickpea flour with water. Cover with plate or clean cloth and let sit for 15 hours at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C).
Drain canned chickpeas, reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) liquid (aquafaba). Rinse chickpeas and pat dry on clean kitchen towel. In small baking dish, combine chickpeas with sliced cherry tomatoes, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil,
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper. In preheated oven, roast for 10 minutes. Stir and roast for 10 to 15 minutes more, until tomatoes start to break down and release juices.
Into chickpea batter, whisk remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper, and lemon zest. In medium bowl, whisk aquafaba to soft peaks. Fold into chickpea batter.
Heat greased griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) batter to create circles about 1/4 in (less than 1 cm) thick. Cook for 2 minutes, until bottom is set, then flip and cook for 1 minute more, or until cooked through. Transfer to plate and cover with second plate to keep warm while cooking other soccas. Cook remaining socca batter, wiping griddle with oil between batches, if needed.
To serve, top socca with the roasted cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, and cheese, if using.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.