Pancakes or if you prefer crêpes, not only makes a lovely winter dessert or coffee time treat, but it is also an open canvas to other interesting fillings and toppings. For Meatless Monday however, I will stick to the savory options, because it makes a delightfully light mid day snack and with a more substantial filling, it can feed a family in a flash, especially since your can make the batter in advance in keep it in the refrigerator until needed.
Like with many old classics, there are a few golden rules to get to the perfect result and in my opinion pancakes too have a few of these golden, tried and tested rules:
- NEVER use milk in a pancake batter, I find it makes the pancakes chewy and tough, especially if you don’t eat them immediately.
- There are people who follow this rule to the T and maybe I am one of them, your pancake pan is your pancake pan, not used for anything else. Preferably a very thin pan.
- I do not keep my pancakes warm on a pot of boiling water, it makes the pancakes tough and almost soggy.
- Last but not least, ensure that you make enough pancakes, with this easy drop-dead delicious recipe, you won’t be able to keep up with the demand.
My basic recipe for pancakes could not be easier, if you have a stick blender even better.
enough for 6 pancakes
1 bunch spinach – rinsed
1 large onion – chopped
1 clove garlic – chopped
125ml mature cheddar – grated
a few slices of salami or fried bacon – very finely chopped (optional)
Remove hard inner stalks of spinach and chop finely. Heat the oil in a big pan and saute the onion and garlic until soft. If you are using the salami or the bacon, add it now. Add the spinach and toss until it wilts and then add the cream and the cheese. Reduce the heat and allow the cheese to melt and the mixture to thicken slightly. Taste and season accordingly. Serve in a rolled up pancake with a fresh green salad on the side.
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