Farinata with Sage, Olives, and Onion

125 mins (prep 60)
8 ingredients
6 as an hors d'oeuvre (3 farinata)
Ever since R.C Van Dyne from Wilmington, NC tasted farinata in Alessandria, Italy, he has been wanting to make it. We obtained this recipe from Rose Pistola restaurant in San Francisco, where they serve their own farinata. Farinata is a thin, crisp, pizzalike pancake made from chick-pea flour. When we called Rose Pistola, we were thrilled to learn that the recipe had already been reworked for the home cook by Peggy Knickerbocker, coauthor with chef Reed Hearon of The Rose Pistola Cookbook: 140 Recipes from San Francisco's Favorite North Beach Restaurant (out October, 1999 from Broadway Books). The following recipe makes three farinata, but they must be baked one at a time. We suggest opening a bottle of wine, hanging out in the kitchen with friends, and eating the farinata as they come out of the oven. For best results, use a 10-inch seasoned cast-iron round griddle, about 3/8-inch deep, that can hold about 1 cup batter. Farinata can be made in a regular cast-iron skillet, but it won't be quite as crisp or easy to remove.

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Serving Size (47.68 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 166.06 Calories from Fat 104.31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.59g 107.01%
Saturated Fat 1.62g 48.53%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 485.1mg 121.27%
Total Carbohydrate 14.39g 28.79%
Dietary Fiber 2.14 g 51.36%
Sugars 0.08 g %
Protein 2.64g 31.7%
Vitamin A 1.8IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 7.21mg% Iron 0.79mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
cold water, or, large fresh sage leaves