Quorn™ Mediterranean Socca
Serves 4 (makes 2 Soccas)
I was delighted to cook with Quorn ambassador Nichola Whitehead from Nic’s Nutrition and we cooked this wonderful dish, Quorn Mediterranean Socca, together. The dish is not only meat-free, it’s also ideal for vegans too.
For the topping:
280g Vegan Quorn Meat Free Pieces, defrosted
6 tbsp. vegan pesto – red or green
4 tbsp. red chilli puree
1½ tbsp. olive oil
130g baby plum or cherry tomatoes, whole or sliced
15g capers, finely chopped
25g black olives, whole or sliced
25g green olives, whole or sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Torn basil leaves
Fresh thyme leaves
For the base:
4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
360ml soya milk
4tsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 basil leaves, torn
1 tsp thyme leaves
240g gram/chickpea Flour
1 tsp baking powder
In a small bowl, stir together the pesto and red chilli puree.
Chop the cherry tomatoes and olives in half.
Using half of the mixture, stir into the Quorn pieces, keep the rest to spread onto the soccas when cooked.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6.
To make the soccas, combine olive oil, vinegar and milk in a medium bowl and stand for 2 minutes
Then stir in the mustard, salt, pepper, garlic basil and thyme.
Stir in flour and baking soda until combined and stand for 15 minutes.
Brush a 24 cm/9½ in non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat frying pan over a medium high heat and using add half of the batter, using a ladle. Spread the mixture until it covers most of the surface.
Cook for 5-6 minutes on each side or until the socca is golden brown. Carefully turn and cook the other side, until golden brown.
Place the soccas onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Mix the chopped capers into the remaining pesto and chilli mix, spread the mixture on to each socca base.
Top with the Quorn pieces, halved tomatoes and olives.
Cover with foil and bake for 15 mins or until piping hot.
Remove the foil for the last couple of minutes of cooking.
Sprinkle over the fresh thyme and basil leaves and season to taste.
Quorn Mediterranean Socca would be great served immediately with a delicious side salad or maybe perhaps rainbow coleslaw.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Quorn.
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