Faina Chickpea Flatbread Uruguay
August 13, 2014
Categories: Breads, South American, Oven Bake, Gluten-Free No Eggs, Flatbread, more
"Brought by Italian's to Uruguay, they top Faina with pizza toppings also. Since Faina uses chickpea flour instead of wheat flour, it's a gluten-free flatbread."
Is Faina, also called Chickpea Flatbread, gluten-free?
Gram flour, also called besan, garbanzo flour, or chickpea flour, is made from ground chickpeas, which are naturally gluten-free. - BeyondCeliac.org
Step by Step Method
Mix water and flour and cheese until smooth; cover, let set overnight at room temp.
Preheat oven to 450.
The next day, skim off foam.
Whisk in 1/4 c oil and seasonings.
Grease skillet with 2 t oil. Pour batter in, should be 1/4" (1/2 cm) but no greater than 1/2" (1 cm) thick. Bake until edges crisp and pulls away from pan and gets golden, was 30 minutes, I would check sooner.
Cut into 6 wedges.
Nutritional FactsServing Size: 1 (461.4 g), Calories 588.4, Total Fat - 25.5 g, Saturated Fat - 4.5 g, Cholesterol - 5.3 mg, Sodium - 1634.1 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 79.9 g, Dietary Fiber - 12 g, Sugars - 0.5 g, Protein - 17.2 g, Calcium - 137.4 mg, Iron - 4.2 mg, Vitamin C - 0.1 mg, Thiamin - 0.6 mg.
- 12 inch cast iron skillet.
- Can top with pizza toppings if you wish.
The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.
- Look for chickpea flour that is finely ground for best results.
- Be sure to use fresh rosemary for the best flavor.
- Substitute almond milk for water to add a nutty flavor and make the flatbread dairy-free. This substitution also adds calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals.
- Substitute coconut oil for olive oil to add a subtle sweetness and make the flatbread vegan. This substitution also adds healthy fats and helps to reduce inflammation.
Vegetarian Pizza Faina Top Faina with desired pizza toppings such as mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until toppings are cooked.
Vegetarian Pizza Faina with Pesto Top Faina with pesto, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until toppings are cooked.
RECOMMENDED DISH: Grilled Vegetable Salad - A simple and delicious way to enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean. The combination of grilled vegetables with a light vinaigrette dressing makes this dish a perfect accompaniment to the Faina Chickpea Flatbread Uruguay.
RECOMMENDED DISH: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus - A creamy and flavorful dip made with roasted red peppers and chickpeas. This dish is packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins to make it a healthy and delicious accompaniment to the Faina Chickpea Flatbread Uruguay.
Q: Can I use a different type of oil?
A: Yes, you can use vegetable oil or another type of oil instead of olive oil. Just make sure to adjust the amount accordingly.
Q: How long should I cook the dish?
A: The cooking time will vary depending on the type of dish you are preparing. Generally, you should cook the dish until it is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
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Fun Fact 1: Faina is a popular dish in Uruguay, and is believed to have been brought to the region by Italian immigrants in the early 1900s. It's a gluten-free flatbread, made with chickpea flour instead of wheat flour.
Fun Fact 2:Faina is often served with pizza toppings, such as tomato sauce, cheese and herbs, making it a popular alternative to traditional pizza. It's also been featured on the menu of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant in London.