The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday has been around since the 15th century, when certain produce, especially perishables like eggs and butter, had to be used up before fasting began a day later in Lent. Saying that, anything else could go in, therefore, pancakes could possibly be made with anything, not just eggs, butter and flour. And I like that idea a lot. Hence, I had an idea of spicing up my pancakes a bit and, when researching for savoury pancake ideas, I could see I was not the only one.
I enjoyed them so much, I was not in a rush writing about it on the actual Pancake Day as I now think we should indulge in it a lot more often. Pancakes, after all, are incredibly versatile, and do not need to be a sweet treat, they could actually be made into a pretty balanced and nourishing meal.
These spinach pancakes are quite a treat. Here are the ingredients that serve at least 2 people (4 pancakes, around 160 calories per pancake):
- 100gr flour (I like to use wholemeal, however, plain can taste better)
- 100ml milk
- 150 grams of blanched & finely chopped spinach
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 medium onion finely chopped or 2 spring onions, sliced
- chopped tablespoon of chopped chives and tarragon
- baking powder
- salt, pepper
- chilly flakes
- zest of 1 lemon (unwaxed)
To make a pancake – mix all the ingredients by first whisking flour, milk, eggs and baking powder, then add in the rest of the ingredients. Adding herbs really helps as they can otherwise be quite bland. Heat a little oil in the non stick pan over a medium heat, add a large tablespoon of the mix for each pancake (I split the mix into four, but feel free to split into eight parts and make eight smaller pancakes, it would be around 80 calories per one small pancake). Only when bubbling at the top and crispy on the bottom, turn over and wait until crispy on the other side.
For the topping, you can add some yoghurt or cottage cheese to keep it simple (one pancake could even be a yummy, balanced snack), serve with salad and poached egg on top, or some sauted mushrooms and onions with some grated parmesan… … or all of it combined like my greedy self did. Mmmmmmmm…