Farinata is a kind of thick chickpea pancake hailing from the Liguria region in north west Italy. It is typically cooked in cast iron in blisteringly hot ovens and then served in wedges as a healthy snack or as an ‘aperitivo’. The white wines of the Ligurian coast are crisp and salt whipped – Pigato, Vermentino and Bianchetta are common and thoroughly delicious, with lots of structural acidity and bright fruit aromas. Not too dissimilar from the whites we produce here in the Comox Valley! And so, if an Italian vacation is out of the question, don’t even worry – pick up a bottle of our 2017 Epic and whip up a skillet of farinata. You’ll be glad you did…
INGREDIENTS (makes enough for 6-8 people as a snack)
1 cup of chickpea flour
a really good glug of olive oil (about 4-6 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1.5 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper
1.Whisk the chick pea flour with 1 3/4 cups water, then whisk in the salt, rosemary and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Don’t worry – the batter will appear quite runny. Cover the mixture, and set aside at room temperature for at least a couple hours, or ideally overnight.
2. Heat oven to 400°F. Heat 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large cast iron or other oven proof skillet (10-12 inches diameter) over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the batter – take care as it might splatter a bit. Place the skillet in the oven and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes. Check by inserting a knife in the center; if the knife comes out clean, the farinata is cooked. The top should be a blistery, golden colour. You can fire the farinata under the broiler for a minute or two at the end of its cooking time to achieve this effect.
3. Allow the farinata to cool slightly before cutting it into wedges. Top with some freshly ground black pepper and serve drizzled with some more olive oil.