Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Lunch


Shrove Tuesday was yesterday (see this Wikipedia post for the meaning of Shrove Tuesday) -basically it is Pancake Day in England. Growing up in England, we always made pancakes for dinner on this day. Bear in mind, our definition of pancakes was basically crepes. I have fond memories of flipping the pancakes and eating them with lemon juice and sugar. I always really wanted the american version of pancakes with maple syrup.

I decided to make pancakes for lunch and made both savory and sweet versions:
  • Ham, broccoli, and cheddar/parmesan cheese sauce
  • Lemon juice and sugar
  • Nutella.
Pancake Ingredients (Makes about 6 small pancakes):
- 100ml milk (I used 2%)
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
Cheddar Parmesan Cheese Sauce Ingredients:
- 1.5 tablespoons butter
- 1.5 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Additional Ingredients: - Slices of Black Forest Ham
- Broccoli

For the cheese sauce:
Melt the butter to a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the flour and stir for a few minutes. Add the milk and stir until thickened - it should happen pretty quickly. Add the cheese and stir until melted.

For the broccoli:
Steam the broccoli for about 5 minutes, remove from the pan, and slice the florets length ways.

For the pancakes:
Put the sifted flour and a pinch of salt in a bowl and gradually beat in the eggs and milk. Mix until lump free, but don't over mix the ingredients. Whisk in the melted butter.

Heat the oven to 275 degrees to keep the cooked pancakes warm.

I used a small non-stick frying pan which obviously made small pancakes. Over medium heat, add some vegetable oil to the pan and wipe off with a paper towel. Pour some batter into the pan - enough to coat a thin layer over the pan - tilting the pan and moving the mix around the pan. Cook for about 30 seconds until golden and flip over. Cook for another 30 seconds or so.

Take the cooked pancake, spread a spoonful to cheese sauce on half the pancake, add a slice of ham, and three slices of broccoli. Put on a plate and put in the oven to keep warm.

I had some broccoli and cheese sauce left over and just poured the cheese sauce over the broccoli - it was delicious. You could also add grated cheese and breadcrumbs on top and put in the oven to brown - serve as a side dish.

1 comment:

wrightfood said...

Even as a Brit now living in the US, I keep bloody well forgetting pancake day, and this year was no exception. Great looking pancakes.