Cauliflower-Chickpea Pancakes Recipe

Photo by Joel Goldberg / Food and Prop Styling by Judy Haubert

These savory chickpea pancakes are the perfect vehicles for melted cheese and any cabbage-adjacent vegetable you might have languishing in your crisper. I’ve made them with sautéed cauliflower, kale or Napa cabbage, and topped them with shredded Cheddar, mozzarella or Parmesan.

Ingredients
¹⁄₃ cup chickpea flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup chopped onion, any kind
1 cup cauliflower florets, chopped into marble-sized pieces; more for serving, optional
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Pinch red pepper flakes
¼ cup shredded cheddar, mozzarella or Parmesan
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt, preferably whole fat

Directions

Heat oven to 350˚F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

In small bowl, combine chickpea flour, 1/3 cup room temperature water and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir in salt, to taste, and set aside 10–12 minutes.

In medium sauté pan, warm 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots, and cook 2 minutes. Add cauliflower and parsley, and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender, about 4 minutes.

Transfer vegetable mixture to heat-proof bowl and set aside.

Wipe oil from sauté pan and return to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil, tilting pan to coat. When oil is hot, pour in half of the chickpea flour mixture. Tilt pan again to coat and spread batter into wide pancake.

Cook 1–2 minutes, until underside is lightly browned. Use spatula to flip and cook until lightly browned, 1–2 minutes. Transfer pancake to prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining tablespoon oil and pancake batter.

Divide cooked vegetables between the pancakes, and sprinkle each with cheese, salt and pepper. Bake until cheese is just melted, about 2–3 minutes.

Remove from oven and top with Greek yogurt, cauliflower (if you like), salt and pepper. Serves 2.

Wine Pairing

Pet Project 2020 Pétillant Naturel Arete Vineyard Chenin Blanc (Columbia Valley). Cut through the rich cheese and earthy vegetal flavors with a crisp, refreshing sparkler. This bottle, with apple and brioche notes, does just that, while adding a sense of fun and decadence to the meal.

Published on November 6, 2021