Farinata

farinataI have friends and coworkers who head to Vegas pretty regularly for conferences and just plain old fun. They can keep all the gambling. Not interested. But the shows and food always look so great. How many pictures of delicious dinners can one woman endure?

Some friends of mine who happen to be vegan were recently in Vegas and mentioned the great meal they had at  Batrolotta Risorante di Mare. I was intrigued and let my fingers lead me on a Google search to a list of vegan recipes at the various Wynn restaurants. Steve Wynn has really done a great job creating a very special dining experience for his vegan guests. He partnered with Tal Ronnen, a very highly respected and incredibly creative vegan chef to create a huge selection of vegan offerings. Good job, men!

So many things to choose from! I really needed to do my own copycat version of one of these fabulous recipes. I finally settled on Farinata like the Farinata alla Ligure from the Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. Never heard of it Farinata? Neither had I before yesterday. Farinata is a savory baked pancake made with chick pea flour. I happen to make amazing regular baked pancakes so this seemed right up my alley. And since this is a very versatile recipe, I could top it with my own selection of veggies. Not that the shaved fennel, arugula and capers didn’t sound great. I was just in the mood for something else.

Farinata
1 1/2 cups chick pea flour – you can get it at Whole Foods
2 cups water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Italian seasoning or 1/2 tsp fresh chopped rosemary

1. Combine the chick pea flour, water, olive oil and seasoning and whisk until smooth. It’s going to be very thin. Allow to sit at room temp for no less than 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 450.
3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a cast iron pan.
4. CAREFULLY pour the batter in the pan. It will sizzle and make quite a show. Very appropriate for a Vegas vegan dish, don’t you think?
5. Put the pan in your hot oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until it’s nice and brown.

I got a little impatient with my Farinata. It smelled so good! I took it out a few minutes early. It was still crispy around the edges and soft inside, but if I had just waited another five minutes, I know I would have had a masterpiece!

I topped my Farinata with sautéed onion and wilted spinach. It was great! It must have looked and smelled really good because The Teenager asked for some. No veggies, of course, but he ate several wedges. Good enough for me!

I had a lot of fun browsing vegas.com, especially the Wynn Hotel Page.  So much information all in one convenient location! You may remember that web design is a thing that I do. I can usually find something wrong with pretty much every web page ever made. Not so with this one. It is so clearly labeled and easy to use. Contact information right at the top of the page. Hotel rates in a calendar down below. Pictures of every amenity. I’m sold. I am so planning a trip very soon!

I am looking forward to another chance to make Farinata. I really love it! This is something that happened in Vegas that doesn’t need to stay there!

Enjoy!

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