The apprentice finds his voice...
- Preparations — Preheat your oven to 425°.
- Socca — Whisk together 1 cup chickpea flour, 1 1/2 cup water, a couple tablespoons olive oil, thyme, and salt. Add a generous amount of oil to a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and heat briefly in the oven. Pour the batter into the pre-heated skillet and bake 20-30 minutes.
- Fennel — In a smaller cast-iron skillet (or any oven-proof dish), layer sliced fennel (lightly salted), shallot, and chopped un-cooked bacon. Bake 20-30 minutes or until fennel has the desired texture.
- Marriage — Remove both vessels from the oven and increase heat to broil. Top the socca with grated parmesan and the fennel and bacon mixture. Place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes. Remove from broiler and garnish with fennel fronds. Allow to cool and cut into six pieces.