Tuesday 3 June 2014

Chive Crepes

I have a lot of chives on hand and they are starting to flower.  Pretty, but flowering sometimes makes the chives tough so I like to use them before that stage (if I can't use them, I just pick them anyway and throw them around near the garden).

But this is such a delicious and easy recipe, there is no reason to let those chives go to waste!  Often these crepes are stuffed with meat fillings like shredded pork.  I don't eat a lot of meat so I just filled them with chopped mushrooms flavoured with oyster sauce.  But they can be eaten without filling - they are plenty tasty on their own or with a dip such as chili sauce or soy sauce.

The crepe batter is very similar to the one I use for a sweet dish (see here for crepes with plum "nutella").  Just eliminate the sugar and butter then add soy sauce and grated ginger ...

This is a small recipe - makes 4-6 crepes depending on the thickness and size.  It can easily be doubled-up if you need more.

1/2 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup 2% milk
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 large egg
1/2 tsp minced or grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 - 1/3 cup soda water, chilled

Combine all ingredients in a bowl except the soda water.  Whisk together - the batter will be a bit thick at this point.  Let chill in fridge for 5-10 minutes.  Add soda water just before use - whisk until the batter is completely smooth.

Pour about a 1/3 to 1/2 cup into a heated non-stick skillet that has been coated with a small amount of spray cooking oil.  Start with 1/3 cup then add more if needed.  This is all done very quickly but it's not that difficult.  Swirl the batter around to cover the bottom of the pan.

After a minute or two, shake the pan to see if the crepe moves.  Once it moves freely, it should be ready to flip.  Either attempt the toss-in-the-air flip (not so hard once you've tried it a few times) or gently use a spatula to flip over.  It should take no more than another minute to finish cooking through.

My air flip failed on this one but with just a couple of jiggles it unfolded itself ...

They can be layered with parchment paper until ready to use.

Fill with your favourite fillings and enjoy!

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