Baked spinach and ham pancakes
Serves : 4
- ⅓ cup (50 g) plain flour
- ⅓ cup (50 g) wholemeal flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup (250 ml) low-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6 spring onions, sliced
- 150 g cap mushrooms, sliced
- 250 g English spinach
- 150 g cooked smoked ham, diced
- ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 cup (250 g) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
- ¼ cup (25 g) grated parmesan cheese
Preparation:15min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hour
- Preheat the oven to 200°C. To make the pancakes, sift both flours into a bowl, adding any bran left in the sieve to the bowl. Add the egg and a pinch of salt, then gradually whisk in the milk to form a smooth batter. (This can be done in a blender or food processor.) Transfer to a jug.
- Heat a frying pan to very hot and brush lightly with some of the oil. Pour a little pancake batter into the pan and quickly swirl around to coat the base evenly. When the batter is set and the underside is lightly browned, turn the pancake and cook the other side until golden. Remove and place on paper towel. Repeat with the remaining batter to make eight pancakes. Stack them, interleaved with paper towel or baking paper. (The pancakes can be frozen.)
- To make the filling, heat the oil in the frying pan and fry the spring onions and mushrooms for 2–3 minutes to soften. On a high heat, add the spinach leaves, stirring until the leaves wilt and all the excess liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat and stir in the ham. Add the nutmeg and season to taste.
- Lay the pancakes out flat and spoon a little ricotta onto each. Top with one-eighth of the mushroom and spinach mixture, then roll up.
- Place the pancakes, seam-sides down, in a lightly oiled, shallow ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake for 15 minutes until thoroughly heated and lightly browned. Serve hot.
1 ½ portions vegetables
*Make sure you dry the spinach as much as possible after washing, or the pancake filling will be too watery.
*The pancake batter can be made up to a day ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator.
For a vegetarian version, omit the ham, add 50 g chopped walnuts or toasted pine nuts to the filling and use Italian-style hard cheese in place of parmesan.
Altered ingredient amounts. i added chick peas and cherry tomatos halved to this recipe.... was nice - 16 Feb 2010
This was OK, but not a huge hit. Pancakes were tasty but the whole thing was a bit bland. May have been nicer with a cheese sauce over the top. - 07 Mar 2011
Used different ingredients. My kids won't eat anything green, so I ditched the spinach, ricotta, mushrooms and most of the spices (only cos I didn't have them), and used diced/shredded ham and grated cheese. Then grilled them instead of baking. A HUGE hit with the littlies for a light dinner! - 07 Sep 2010