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Chickpea Pancake With Mushrooms and Apple

Chickpea Pancake With Mushrooms and Apple 2.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Sep 26, 2021

This is a jazzed-up take on what’s known in Italy as farinata and in France as socca, where it’s often served as a snack. With the quintessential fall ingredients of mushrooms and apples added, it makes a great low-effort dinner. (Hint: Mix the batter in the morning, refrigerate it, and it’ll be ready to go for dinner that evening.)

You will have about twice as much tahini dressing as you need for this recipe, but it’s great on all manner of fresh and roasted vegetables, in wraps, on grain bowls and more.

Active time: 20 mins; Total time: 1 hour, plus 1 hour to rest batter

Make Ahead: The batter needs to be made at least 1 hour in advance, but can be refrigerated for up to 1 day before using.

Storage Notes: The farinata is best eaten fresh, but it can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. The tahini dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Where to Buy: Bob’s Red Mill and other brands of chickpea flour can be found in major grocery stores, natural foods stores and online.

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Tested size: 2-4 servings

  • For the farinata batter
  • 1 cup (120 grams) chickpea flour
  • 1 cup (250 milliliters) water
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (may substitute 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • For the tahini dressing
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Water to thin, if needed
  • For the finished farinata
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (200 grams) button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion (5 ounces), thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small apple (5 ounces), stemmed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (1 ounce) lightly packed arugula or baby spinach, for serving


Make the farinata batter: At least 1 hour before you’re ready to bake, in a large bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, water, oil, garlic, thyme, pepper and salt until no visible lumps remain. Cover and leave at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. (If you mix it 2 or more hours before using, refrigerate it.)

Make the dressing: In a jar or small bowl mix together the oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, agave, salt and pepper. Add a splash of water, if needed, to thin.

Make the farinata: In an 8-inch ovenproof skillet (preferably nonstick), combine the oil, mushrooms, onion, salt and pepper. Set a rack in the middle of the oven, place the pan in the cold oven, and preheat to 400 degrees. Once the oven has reached 400 degrees, stir the vegetables. If there is still water in the pan from the mushrooms, continue roasting for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it evaporates.

Pour the batter over the vegetables in the hot pan and scatter the apple slices over the top. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges and slightly moist but not wet inside. Drizzle with about half the tahini dressing, top with the arugula leaves and serve warm.

Recipe Source

Adapted from “Occasionally Eggs” by Alexandra Daum (Appetite by Random House, 2021).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1/4 of the pancake plus 1 tablespoon dressing), based on 4: 439

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 30g 46%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 777mg 32%

Total Carbohydrates: 33g 11%

Dietary Fiber: 7g 28%

Sugar: 11g

Protein: 11g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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