Fainá with Chorizo, Blue Cheese, and Spinach

Fainá with Chorizo, Blue Cheese, and Spinach Marian Blazes
Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
376 Calories
24g Fat
27g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 376
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 481mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Protein 15g
Calcium 181mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Fainá is a nutty, peppery flatbread (related to the Italian flatbread farinata) made with garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour. Fainá is hugely popular in both Argentina and Uruguay. It's often served as an accompaniment to pizza (pizza a Caballo). This version of faína - topped with chorizo sausage, blue cheese and spinach - makes a great appetizer, and is a gluten-free alternative to regular pizza.

Fainá is very quick and easy to make, and you can find garbanzo bean flour at many natural food stores.


  • 2 1/2 cups garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 small chorizo sausages (or 1 large)
  • 1 cup shredded fresh spinach leaves
  • 4-6 ounces crumbled blue cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk the garbanzo bean flour together with the salt, 3 tablespoons olive oil, parmesan cheese, and a generous amount of ground black pepper.

  2. Whisk in 1 3/4 cups of water until well mixed. Set aside for about a half hour, to let the flour absorb some of the water.

  3. Remove the casings from the sausages and roughly chop the sausage. Cook the sausage in a skillet until well browned, adding a tablespoon or so of vegetable or olive oil if they are sticking. Remove sausages to a plate lined with paper towels to cool.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. When it is hot, place the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a 12 inch pizza pan, and heat in the oven until very hot.

  5. Stir more water into the batter if necessary, until the batter is just thin enough to pour. Carefully remove hot pizza pan from oven, and pour batter into the pan. It should make a thin (about 1/4 inch) layer. Place in the oven and bake until fainá is just golden and crispy (about 8-10 minutes). Remove from oven and top with sausage, spinach and crumbled blue cheese. Return to oven for a few minutes longer, until the blue cheese starts to melt and the spinach is just wilting.

  6. Cut into pieces and serve.

Note: You can use a smaller pan to make thicker fainá, which will need a slightly longer baking time.