Spinach and Cream Cheese Pancakes for #SundaySupper #CookforJulia

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 41 comments

Spinach and Cream Cheese Pancakes for #SundaySupper #CookforJulia

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” – Julia Child

America is celebrating the legendary chef, Julia Child, on what would have been her 100th birthday later this month. When this theme was announced for our regular #SundaySupper, I must admit I was a little at sea. I had never heard of her, so I could not understand her huge influence on American culture – particularly how people cook at home. But the more I perused her recipes and the more I read about her, the more I liked her.

She seems like she was an indomitable woman; utterly fearless and, through the medium of food, a revolutionary. When choosing which of her recipes to make, I thought, naturally, that it would be a dessert. However, I was drawn to her hugely extensive collection of savoury dishes – and the particular ingredients of her Spinach and Cream cheese Pancakes jumped out at me.

Spinach and cream cheese

Using the above quote as my excuse, I adapted the original recipe, which can be found here, excluding the Sauce Mornay and serving them instead as snacks to pick up and eat with one hand. I was moving into my new house at the time, so this was exactly the food we needed as we shifted boxes and assembled furniture! I also made the pancakes using a traditional British pancake recipe, simply because I know it backwards and it turns out well.

For a showstopping piece, Julia’s original recipe is far superior, but for a fun snack, here’s my adaptation:

Ingredients:

For the Pancakes

  • 40z plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • small jug of water

For the Filling

  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large bags of spinach
  • Salt, pepper and mixed herbs to season
  • Cream cheese

Method:

Preheat the oven to about 150C.

For the pancakes, put the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the well and begin to whisk the eggs in with the flour, adding the milk as you whisk. Add a little of the water at a time until you have a batter with a thin, creamy consistency.

Brush the bottom of a large frying pan with butter and put onto the heat. Add a little of the batter to the pan (this amount should make about 10 pancakes) and tilt the pan to spread all the mixture evenly. Leave it to cook for about 30 seconds, then lift the edges with a spatula to check it is golden. Then toss it in the pan (children will love doing this, although you may end up with a few on the ceiling!) and cook the other side for a few seconds. Slide onto a large plate.

When you have used all the batter, put the pancakes into the oven and turn down the temperature. This will keep them warm.

For the filling, Lightly beat the cream cheese with a little pepper and herbs. Set to one side. Sautee the shallots and red onion in a little oil in a pan. Tear the spinach and add with a pinch of salt. Once the spinach has wilted, remove from the heat and add salt, pepper and herbs to taste.

Remove the pancakes from the oven and put some of the spinach and onion mix onto each. Top with some of the cream cheese and wrap. Pass them around and enjoy!

Samantha from Little Ferraro Kitchen is hosting this special edition of #SundaySupper, and she has been joined by an incredible group of bloggers, all with their own take on some of Julia Child’s classic recipes. I will be learning a lot from them and from the great woman who has inspired our recipes this week! Remember, you can join us on Twitter at 7pm EST, where PBS will also be joining us, using the hashtags #SundaySupper and #CookforJulia.

#CookForJulia Breakfast

Râpée Morvandelle by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings 

Croissants by Cookistry 

Eggs Baked in Ramekins (Oeufs en Cocotte à la crème)  by Cooking by the Seat of our Pants 

Cheese and Bacon Quiche by Tora’s Real Food

#CookForJulia Lunch

Tuna Salad Nicoise by Magnolia Days 

Potato and Onion Soup (Potage Parmentier) by Shockingly Delicious 

Blood Orange, Walnut, and Rocket Salad by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking 

Croque Monsieur by Webicurean

Spinach and Cream Cheese Pancakes by Happy Baking Days 

Julia’s Chicken Salad by My Trials in the Kitchen 

Pissaladière Niçoise (Onion Tart with Anchovies and Black Olives) by The Wimpy Vegetarian

Provencal Tomato Quiche by Are you hungry?

Quiche Lorraine  Spoon and Saucer 

#CookForJulia Dinner

Bouillabaisse by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen 

Boeuf Bourguignon by Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence

Orecchiette Con Broccoli Di Rape and Sausages by Doggie at the Dinner Table 

Boeuf Bourguignon by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks

Veal Stew with Onions and Mushrooms with Baked Cucumbers and Boiled Potatoes (Blanquette de veau a l’ancienne with concombres au buerre) by Kimchi Mom

Salmon en Papillote by Girlichef

Poached salmon with cucumber sauce by Katherine Martinelli

Lobster Souffle and Deviled Chicken- Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends 

Roasted Chicken with Julia’s Mustard Marinade by The Meltaways

Wild Mushroom and Herb Stuffed Chicken- Mama Mommy Mom

Puree of White Beans with Garlic and Herbs (Brandade á la Soissonaise) Avocado Pesto

Julia’s Kunming Connection: Chinese Steampot Chicken- by My Kitchen and I

Poulet au Porto by Family Foodie 

#CookForJulia Sides

Hollondaise over Blanched Asparagus by The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Scalloped Potatoes with Milk, Cheese, and Garlic (Gratin Dauphinois) by Home Cooking Memories 

Ratatouille by Basic N Delicious 

French-style country pate by There and Back Again

White Bean Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips Momma’s Meals

Oeufs à la Diable by What Smells So Good?

Soubise by The Weekend Gourmet

Ratatouille by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

#CookForJulia Desserts

Cream Cheese and Lemon Flan by Juanita’s Cocina

Strawberry Sherbert in Cooky Cups by Cravings of a Lunatic

Creme Brulee by Wine Everyday

Mousseline Au Chocolat by Small Wallet Big Appetite

Peach Tarte Tatin by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Cinnamon Toast Flan by Vintage Kitchen Notes

Dark Chocolate Crepes by Family Spice

Crepes Fines Sucrees by Mangoes and Chutney

Pommes Rosemarie:Apples Rosie  The Daily Dish Recipes

Espresso Soufflé by Chocolate Moosey

Best Ever Brownies by In the Kitchen with Audrey

Orange-Almond Jelly Roll Cake by Mrs. Mama Hen

Orange Spongecake Cupcakes by Mama’s Blissful Bites

Orange Mousse with Greek Yogurt by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pops by Big Bears Wife

 

 

 

 

 

41 Comments

  1. Delicious and simple recipe. Can’t imagine the taste of spinach blend in with cream cheese and go with pan cake. Marvelous!

    • Thanks so much Faye!

  2. You know, I love crepes but have only ever made sweet ones. I’d love to try a savory one like this!

    • I rarely venture into the world of savoury (at least as far as this blog is concerned!) but it was well worth it – I hope you like them if you make them!

  3. I never made a savory pancake! I’ll try this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Crepes are such a versatile recipe. And a good spinach filling is always welcome. Nice recipe!

    • Thanks Paula! Simple ingrediens, but they just work! Hats off to Julia Child!

  5. Lovely crepes – that filling sounds amazing!

    • Thanks Heather, the spinach, onions and seasoning is very simple, but works well!

  6. What a great idea for a snack!! Love it, Love spinach and Love cream cheese! nice selection! Happy #SundaySupper

    • Thanks Tammi! It was a good recipe! Happy #SundaySupper to you too!

  7. I love that you did savory crêpes. I was torn between sweet and savory, myself. Great filling!

    • Ooh I do love sweet crepes though, heading over to check yours out now!

  8. These look so yummy–I’ll take savory crepes over sweet crepes any day!

    • I would usually go for the sweet, but these flavours worked well – kudos to Julia Child!

  9. Crepes are so beautiful. You did a fantastic job. Thank you so much for cooking in this #SS :)

    • Thanks Samantha, you are being an excellent host!

  10. Crepes are my favorite and you made this look perfect! What an awesome recipe that I must try. I am so glad you are part of #SundaySupper! Great blog.

    • Thank you Isabel, that means a lot :)

  11. What a great way to do a savory crepe!

    • Thanks Sarah, Julia Child has so many inspiring recipes, doesn’t she?!

  12. My stepbrother would have loved to have seen this this morning before cooking breakfast for his fiancee! These (with maybe the swap of chevre for cream cheese) are all his favourite things! Now teaching him to cook it, well I think Julia will be needed!

    • Good luck! I hope they work out well!

  13. I actually prefer savory crepes over the sweet ones. I’ve never made crepes before, but am inspired to do so now! Thanks!

    • I hope you enjoy them!

  14. Wow, I wish I had someone to make me grab & go snacks like these!! :-)

    • The best thing is, with this slightly cheating recipe, you can whip ‘em up yourself in no time! :)

  15. Crepes are one of my favorite things! I often use this combo in a quesadilla I know it would be delicious in a crepe.

    • Wow, I bet it’s great in a quesadilla! I’ll have to try that!

  16. I love crepes, and I think I like the savory ones best. Perhaps I can add bacon to this… It looks delish!

    • Bacon would be a great addition!

  17. What a great idea! Keep it nice and simple.

    • Thanks Linda, I was definitely keeping it simple – the original recipe looks great but I will try it when I have a little more time on my hands!

  18. Cool crepes recipe. I love that it has spinach in it instead of fruit. Great choice for a Julia recipe.

    • Thanks Kim, I don’t usually go down the savoury route on here, but I thought it was time to switch things up a bit, glad it worked!

  19. This looks so decadent, healthy and filling. Am pinning this & making it. Would be great for dinner too, am thinking !! Thanks for sharing !

    • Thank you Sue! I think Julia Child’s recipe with the sauce mornay would make a great dinner!

  20. Oh man, this looks absolutely delicious! What a perfect combination of flavors!!

    • Thank you Susan, Julia Child sure knew what she was doing when creating recipes :)

  21. Great crepes and great filling!

    • Thank you Angie! Julia’s recipes are just fabulous!

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