We always get caught out by Pancake Day! It’s one of those days that just sneaks up on you so this year we’re determined to be prepared for Tuesday 5th March. It has occurred to us too that pancakes are far more versatile than eating with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar! Why not make them your whole dinner for Shrove Tuesday? Here are some filling ideas of the savoury kind and some topping ideas for those with a sweet tooth too!
Goats cheese, bacon & spinach Fry bacon in a pan until crispy and put aside. Wilt your spinach in a pan with some garlic and a sprinkle of nutmeg then squeeze out the excess water. Return the bacon and spinach to the pan and crumble in the goats cheese. Season to taste.
Ham & cheese Cut up some ham and chives finely and mix into your pancake batter. When the pancakes are cooking on their second side, sprinkle your pancake with grated cheese so that it melts.
Broccoli & smoked salmon Mix small pieces of cooked broccoli with small ripped up pieces of smoked salmon. Drizzle with sour cream and season to taste.
Leek & mushroom Fry your mushrooms and leeks together in a pan with some garlic. Stir in a couple of tablespoons of soft cheese.
Pancake tagliatelle Cook your pancakes and then cut them with a knife into strips 1cm wide. Use these strips with your favourite pasta sauce or pesto.
Fluffernutters When you’ve flipped your pancake sprinkle with mini marshmallows and dot with peanut butter.
Banoffee pancakes Slice bananas and top with toffee sauce or salted caramel sauce. Add a generous squirt of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Mint & mango Warm some rum and sugar in a pan, heat gently until the sugar is dissolved then remove from the heat and add pieces of fresh mango and lime zest. When cool, add freshly chopped mint and serve on your pancakes with some natural yogurt.
Raspberry cheesecake Add a squeeze of lemon and some sugar to some raspberries and wait for them to break down a little. Sweeten some soft cheese with icing sugar and vanilla extract to taste. Drain the raspberries and gently fold into the sweet cheese mixture. Use to fill your pancakes.
Cinnamon & apple Add some cinnamon and a pinch of allspice to your pancake mix. In a pan put some peeled and chopped apple pieces and a squeeze of lemon and sugar to taste. Serve with a drizzle of cream.