On the Ligurian Coast of Italy, also known as the Italian Riviera, is the Cinque Terre (The Five Lands). Topography-wise, one of the most diverse in all of Italy, with its beautiful coastline and cliffside towns.
Of the 5 towns, Monterosso al Mare is the best destination for eating. Here, in a small corner street called, Via Gioberti, right off a slightly bigger street named, Via Roma is an eatery that specializes in a Ligurian snacking favorite, Farinata di Ceci. No name to this place, but the colorful exterior with large letters spelling Farinata gives it away.
Made of chickpea flour, water, salt, and extra virgin olive oil is as simple a recipe as any dish can be. However, akin to a good crepe or a good pizza crust, the final product is not as easy to come by. With a crispy exterior and soft interior, there are few more satisfying treat in between meals. It’s also gluten-free.
However, don’t wait too long, because here, they make only a certain amount of batches for the day and they sell out quickly. We know, we were shut out a few times, and in coveting it so much, made the first experience so much more wonderful.Print
Gluten-Free Tuna Cakes
Gluten-free Tuna cakes or pancakes is an easy new way of eating tuna in a pouch. In Italy they call chickpea pancakes, farinata and in France, socca.
•1 pouch of Blue Harbor Fish Co’s Albacore Tuna in Water with Sea Salt – No need to worry about cutting yourself, and dealing with fish juice spilling all over the place. Blue Harbor’s convenient pouch alleviates all of this.
• 2 cups chickpea (garbanzo) flour
• 1 ½ cups of lukewarm water
• 1 tsp. salt
• 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon Italian parsley chopped fine
- Mix chickpea flour with water, olive oil, and salt in a big bowl and whisk until there are no lumps and is the consistency of pancakes.
- Let sit for at least ½ an hour and up to 2 hours.
- Add parsley and Blue Harbor Albacore Tuna in Water with Sea Salt and mix with the batter.
- Add olive oil to cover bottom of 8 in. pan pour mixture in pan and cover a thin layer.
- Once the bottom is set, turnover and let other side just brown.
- Serve with salad and drizzle a bit more olive oil.
Make sure to use only the best tuna for your family like Blue Harbor, which complies with sustainable practices and ensures each fish is traceable back to the boat. #BlueHarborFishco @blueharborfishco