Thursday, August 2, 2018

Argentina - Fainá

Fainá is a chickpea flour flatbread eaten in Argentina as an accompaniment to pizza. There are lots of different toppings used on Fainá but today I'm having chorizo and blue cheese. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • chorizo 
  • 4-6 ounces blue cheese 


In a bowl combine the chickpea flour, salt, parmesan, pepper and 3 tablespoons of oil.


Whisk in the water until well mixed and set aside for 30 minutes to let the flour absorb the water.


While you wait, chop up the chorizo and saute it in a pan until nicely cooked. Set aside.



Put the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil on an oven tray and put in the oven to heat up at 230 C. When the oil is hot give the mixture a final stir and then pour it onto the oven tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes.


Remove the  Fainá and top with crumbled blue cheese and the chorizo. Add any herbs you'd like too. Return to the oven until the cheese has melted. Slice into squares and serve.


 


I was really surprised by this dish. When I was baking the Fainá I felt sceptical that it'd form a firm base for the toppings. It did though, you could pick it up like pizza and eat it. The toppings were lovely but the base was a little dry. It'd be nicer with a bit more of a moist topping like pizza has. We really enjoyed it though and it made a nice change from pizza.

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