Feeling French – The Perfect Savory Crepe Recipe Your Family Will Love

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Source: taste.com.au

 

In our house, delicious sweet crepes for Sunday morning breakfast is a tradition that we have been keeping for longer than I care to remember. Slathered with maple syrup, strawberry preserve or home-made chocolate sauce, it’s something that the whole family looks forward to every week. Crucially, it is the one meal a week that I get time off for good behaviour in the kitchen. Crepes are the only dish that my husband can cook, and he relishes the chance to throw on an apron, grab the cookware and take charge. Recently, as a particularly exhausting weekend of taxiing children from one sports or social event to another began drawing to a close, I flopped down on the couch and commenced moaning that I was too tired to cook and that we should get Chinese takeout. Hubby, who has the most annoying habit of almost always being right, reminded me that we are saving for a new car and had committed ourselves to no takeout until we achieve that goal. Fume.

 

“Don’t worry, hon. I got this one!” He announced way too chirpily for my mood.

 

“Sweetie, the only thing you know how to cook is crepes, and we already had those for breakfast” I responded, hopefully masking my irritation to some extent.

“No, seriously. I got this” he announced in a tone that indicated that his mind was made up. I was too tired and hungry to care at that point, so I shrugged, harrumphed and got one of the kids to give me a shoulder rub, which was surprisingly good.

 About 30 minutes later, cries of “Voila!” emanated from the kitchen, which is Hubby code for “I’m done, everybody go wash hands and come to the table”. We all obeyed and arrived in the kitchen to the savory aromas of something delightful. Moments later, my husband appeared and triumphantly set down plates laden with…crepes!

 

“Huh?” we all grunted, somewhat confused.

 

“Dad, you’re losing it. We already ate breakfast hours ago.” Sniped middle child with undisclosed sarcasm.

 

“Dig in, guys. I promise you’ll love it.”

 

Sceptically, we all nudged the perfectly cooked crepes with our forks, before dutifully cutting in and taking a bite.

 

He was right. They were amazing. For some reason, I’d never even thought of cooking savory crepes before, but these were an astonishing flavour sensation. We all stared at The Man of The House in disbelief, as he smugly tucked in. This delicious French treat has now become a Sunday night staple for the foreseeable future. Here’s what you need to replicate the masterpiece.

 

For the Crepes:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Oz butter
  • 12.5 Oz milk (substitute with rice or soy milk if preferred)
  • 6.5 Oz plain flour (I use white spelt)
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Filling:

  • 12-15 med-large button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 1 packet of frozen spinach
  • 1 med onion, finely diced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 Oz feta cheese
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp herbes de provence
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Put all crepe ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend with a hand blender. If possible, set it aside to sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat a heavy-based, non-stick skillet with a drop of oil
  3. When the pan is hot, spoon or poor enough crepe mixture in to cover the base.
  4. When bubbles have formed, and all the liquid has started to congeal, flip the crepe. Cook for another minute or so until the underside is starting to brown.
  5. In another pan, head some olive oil and sauté onions and garlic with the bay leaf until the onions are soft and translucent.
  6. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring regularly until mushrooms are brown and start to give up their liquid.
  7. Add the spinach and stir through until thawed.  
  8. Add cream cheese, feta and remaining herbs and spices.
  9. When all ingredients are well blended, spoon desired amount onto a crepe and roll or fold according to your preference.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how delicious crepes can be without sugar and accompanied by the gorgeous filling. I know you will love bringing a little bit of this French-inspired yumminess into your life. Bon Appetit!!

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