Savory Crepe Recipes

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Beet and Goat Cheese Crepe Recipe Recipe

I love the combination of beets and goat cheese. They pair wonderfully, and I’ve used them in many recipes. I had both ingredients on hand today, so I mixed them together and stuffed them in crêpes.

Making crêpe batter is very basic. I first learned how to make crêpes in kindergarten back in France, and I haven't forgotten since then. The quantities go like so: 2 eggs, 250 grams of flour (1-3/4 cups) and ½ liter of milk (2 cups). Allow to rest for a few hours. I then adjust the quantities of liquid by eyeballing until the perfect consistency is reached (see tips).   

Our friend Carole (she is by the way the editor of PhamFatale.com) always sends me wonderful cooking tips along with the corrections of my daily recipes. Carole and her husband David recently hosted a crêpe party at their home. She told me that leftover cooked crêpes store incredibly well in the freezer, which I immediately wanted to try. I’ve made several batches of crêpes since then, but even after my third attempt, no leftovers. What can I say, I live with wolves!


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Ratatouille Stuffed Beggar's Purse Recipe Recipe

I’ve made beggar's purses using crêpes as wraps in the past. They look incredibly elegant, but are not difficult at all to make. You could also simply fill the crêpes and fold them in half but I thought tying the purses with parsley stems was a nicer touch for Valentine’s Day.

This time, I filled them with ratatouille and Brie cheese. To the traditional ratatouille ingredients, I added sweet potatoes for a little firmer consistency. If you’re not serving this to vegetarians as I am, the beggar’s purse would make a great companion to steamed fish or a stuffed salmon filet.


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Galette Complete (Savory Crepe Recipe) Recipe

Galettes are the savory version of a crêpe. Une galette complète, also known as crêpe jambon-œuf-fromage is a version filled with ham, eggs and cheese. I decided to have a little fun and made my version with smoked beef sausage, emmental cheese and sunny side up quail eggs.

We make crêpes at least once a month. It's my way of having a lazy day. The girls make the crepe batter themselves, following the instructions to a "t". Everyone gets involved with the measuring of the ingredients and the mixing, even the little ones. If you have kids, this meal is the perfect way to get them interesting in cooking, and everyone can reap the benefits.


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Aumoniere Recipe (Beggar's Purse) Recipe

Aumonière (also known as beggar's purse) is the name of an appetizer made of a filled crêpe bound in such a way that it resembles a drawstring purse. The tie is usually made of chives. I made the filling with a combination of roasted orange bell pepper, kumquat jelly (I'll post the recipe soon), sweet marjoram, lemon thyme, onion chives, non-pareil capers, cream cheese, blue cheese, lemon and pistachio oil.

I tested out the recipe today in preparation for Mother's Day next week. The dish is ultra simple to make and can easily be assembled by a child. It’s a wonderful way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and let them prepare a special meal that they will enjoy as well.


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French Buckwheat Crepe Recipe (Galette de Sarrasin ou Galette de Ble Noir) Recipe

Galettes de sarrasin, also known as galettes de blé noir, are savory crêpes made from buckwheat flour. They're also called crêpes bretonnes (Breton-style) as the dish originated in Brittany, France. The lacy crêpes are made in a very similar manner to sweet crêpes, but the difference is that buckwheat crêpes are cooked only one one side.

Originally, the "true" galettes were supposed to be served plain with salted butter, but these days, they're usually garnished with charcuterie meat, smoked fish, cheese or vegetables. The most popular version is called La complète which is composed of ham, emmenthal cheese and a cracked egg cooked directly on top of the galette. Another common one, La soubise, is filled with caramelized onions and salted butter. I filled mine with sautéed button mushrooms, red bell peppers and raclette cheese.

If you're only familiar with sweet crêpes, it's definitely worth giving these buckwheat crêpes a try. C'est absolument délicieux!

 


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