Spinach Pancakes with cream cheese, ham and a roasted pepper and tomato sauce

I love pancakes but don’t make them that often as the boys are not fans (yes, strange as most children love them!). I love eating them with sweet fillings, but I also like using them to make a main meal in place of pasta or wraps. Last week I was wondering what to make for dinner and was looking through my fridge and cupboards to see what I had and what needed using up.
With the ingredients I found I decided to make a kind of pancake style spinach and ricotta cannelloni but with ham (obviously omit this if you are vegetarian) and instead of ricotta I had cream cheese, and rather than add the spinach to the pancakes once made, I thought I would incorporate the vegetable into the actual batter mix. It was a success and tasted really nice and here is how I made it.
Spinach Pancakes with cream cheese, ham and a roasted pepper and tomato sauce
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • for the pancakes
  • 1½ cups of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ bag of spinach
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • oil for cooking
  • for the sauce
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 onion
  • garlic
  • basil
  • olive oil
  • tin of tomatoes (drain off the liquid)
  • pinch of sugar
  • for the filling
  • small tub of cream cheese (or use ricotta)
  • ham/bacon - optional
  • 25g grated cheese
  • black pepper to taste
  • 25g grated cheese to garnish
  • Method
Instructions
  1. To make the pancakes
  2. Place all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth
  3. make your pancakes as you would normally, and allow to cool
  4. To make the sauce
  5. pre-heat the oven to 190oC/170oC (fan)
  6. roughly chop the peppers and onion and place into a baking tray
  7. add a couple of cloves of garlic and 2tbsp of olive oil and some basil, mix and place into an oven
  8. cook for about 20-25 minutes
  9. once cooked, put in tom your clean blender with your drained tomatoes and the sugar and whizz to blend all together
  10. To assemble your dish
  11. turn the oven down to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
  12. lay each pancake out and divide the cream cheese, cheese and meat (if using) mixture among your pancakes
  13. roll each pancake up and place into a lightly greased oven proof dish
  14. pour over your sauce and top with the grated cheese
  15. bake for about 25-30 minutes until the cheese is golden brown
  16. serve with garlic or crusty bread and a salad garnish
It really tastes nice and the use of pancakes in place of pasta is a real change. By adding spinach to the pancake batter is a clever way of getting spinach haters (like my OH and children) to eat it without really realising!!

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. That looks amazing. I love savoury pancakes and would never think to do them in this way. x

  2. these look & sound lovely – & I LOVE that green of the pancakes – I would have to frame one to put on my kitchen wall! x

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