Monday, April 16, 2012

Ricki's Delicious Quizza!!


Back in the day, I was doing my junior year of college in Italy. My Italian pals and I were out on the mean streets of Livorno, sometime around midnight, and our young tummies were growling for a snack. Luckily, they knew just the spot.  We drove across town to a little food cart in an empty parking lot, with about 10 people in line waiting for a hot serving of "cinque-cinque:" which is a slice of bread and a slice of "torta di ceci." Some people call it socca, some people call it farinata, but it will always be torta di ceci for me. Right then and there, I fell in love with this magical, savory little item made with chickpea flour.

And yet, somehow, I'd never thought of filling it up with veggies! Genius! So, when I saw Ricki's post on "quizza" - half quiche + half pizza - which was a giant torta di ceci stuffed full with veggies, I knew that I had to try it.

The only thing I changed was that I added a tiny bit more salt, and a whole bunch of black pepper. For me, black pepper and torta di ceci are like chocolate and peanut butter. Two great tastes that taste great together. I LOVED THIS STUFF. Also, it was super easy, almost zero effort, made great leftovers, is good any time of day, and is an awesome way to eat veggies and high-protein chickpea flour. This is definitely a new favorite recipe for me. Try it, you'll love it! 

p.s. don't be scared that the batter is so liquidy. It's supposed to be like that. :) 

7 comments:

  1. Looks great ... and I like the idea of added veggies. I'm gonna make me some! xxoo

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  2. Thanks for reminding me about the recipe. I'm a big fan of both socca and "fast and easy." Your version looks wonderful!

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  3. Ahhh, I love this dish! It's called cecina in my family. Talk about comfort food. Thanks for bringing up all those beautiful memories. I definitely need to make up a dish soon!

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  4. YUM!!! And Gluten Free! Yay! I've been craving a pizza lately. And I can use some local spinachm broccoli and zucchini.

    Awesome!

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  5. Amey, I'm so glad you liked this as much as I do!! And you're the first person I've seen call it cinque-cinque--which is how I first learned of it. It's still one of my go-to dinners when I'm pressed for time and/or need to get some extra greens into my tummy. Thanks so much for the link, too! :D

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  6. If I had it here I would love it too...it looks divine!

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  7. Very, very good idea - approved!

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