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Pieday Friday ~ Chilli cheese pancakes

Wow it’s Shrove Tuesday next week – how did we get this far into the year already?? I love pancakes and can’t get enough of them, whether it’s Pancake Day or not! So today I thought I’d share one of the ways that I like to use pancakes in a main meal – as a chilli cheese wrap. It’s really easy to make and will impress friends and family if you have any guests over for a Shrove Tuesday meal on the 4th March. Here’s how it’s done:

Pancake ingredients: 100g plain flour, 2 eggs, 300ml milk, pinch of salt

Whisk the ingredients together in a big bowl until you have a thin batter mixture. Use a non-stick frying pan (such as small my copper-bottomed pan from Dunelm) and spray with fry light. Heat the pan before pouring in a couple of tablespoons of the batter. Swirl it around the pan to coat the bottom and cook for about 30 seconds before flipping over (or using a spatula like I did!) and cooking the other side for another 30 seconds – keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn. Pile up the pancakes on a plate with another plate on top covering them to keep warm.

pieday friday recipe for perfect pancakes

Chilli ingredients (enough for approx. 10-12 wraps): 250g Beef mince, sliced red pepper, sliced green or yellow pepper, diced white onion, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 2 tbsp mild chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tbsp. tomato puree, 200g tin of red kidney beans or mixed beans, 200ml beef stock, tin of chopped tomatoes

Brown off the mince and cook through the onions and peppers until soft. Stir in the spices, garlic and tomato paste and fry for a minute or two but don’t allow it to stick on the bottom of the pan – when this happens add the tinned tomatoes and beans. Cook off for a little longer before adding the beef stock and allowing to simmer for 20 minutes or slow-cook it in the oven at 180 degrees to bubble away for 30 minutes or as long as you like – this will reduce the stock and make the meat lovely and moist. Get it out of the oven when you’re ready for it and you can serve it at the table for guests to wrap up their own pancake wraps or spoon the chilli into the centre of a pancake, sprinkle with grated cheese and roll up like a sandwich wrap. Serve with rice and sour cream if you like :)

pieday friday recipe for chilli cheese pancakes for shrove tuesday

I hope you’ll have a go at making a savoury dish on Shrove Tuesday and I’d love to find out what your favourite pancake creations are – leave me a comment or tweet me @Cassiefairy.


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Happy Shrove Tuesday – How to make a main meal with pancakes

I love Shrove Tuesday and every year I say to myself, “why don’t I eat more pancakes all year round?” I love them and can easily eat a dozen on pancake day – I’ve already had a couple for lunch today! But pancakes can get a bit boring with just lemon and sugar (although I will definitely be eating this combo later for my pudding!) and I’ve been thinking about ways to make pancakes into a suitable base for a main meal. And this is my favourite: Roast beef Yorkshire wraps. The combo of sliced beef rolled inside a thick pancake gives the taste of roast beef and yorkshire pudding, and can easily be made  into a main meal with chips or roast potatoes, peas and lashings of thick gravy.

yorkshire-wraps

Batter ingredients: 250ml semi-skimmed milk, 2 large eggs, 7 oz flour, salt and pepper seasoning

Whisk up the ingredients for the batter and fry a 2 pancakes per person using a decent amount of batter in a small non-stick frying pan (I use Fry Light so that the pancakes/wraps aren’t too oily). The batter recipe is basically the same as you’d make for pancakes but with a little extra flour to make a thicker, more yorkshire-puddingy pancake. Next warm through your ready-sliced beef in the oven and lay the slices on your pancakes and roll up to make 2 yorkie wraps per person. If you fancy a little horseradish or mustard, spread a thin layer onto the pancakes before adding your beef slices for a little extra zing!

Serve with yummy chips or roast potatoes, using Fry Light again for a low-calorie version, gravy and peas/veg of your choice. Delicious! Let me know if you try this recipe today and what you think of it! And please get in touch if you have any other savoury recipes for pancakes :) yum!

 


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Classic Sunday Roast Beef – Yummy Yorkie Wraps Recipe

This is one of my favourite Sunday dinners inspired by a meal in our local student pub when we lived in Lancashire and I’m sure you’ll love it too! This meal is essentially thinly sliced roast beef wrapped in a massive flat yorkshire pud with chips (or roasties if you prefer) and peas with a big glug of meaty gravy.

Batter ingredients: 250ml semi-skimmed milk, 2 large eggs, 7 oz flour, salt and pepper seasoning

Whisk up the ingredients for the batter and fry a 2 pancakes per person using a decent amount of batter in a small non-stick frying pan (I use Fry Light so that the pancakes/wraps aren’t too oily). The batter recipe is basically the same as you’d make for pancakes but with a little extra flour to make a thicker, more yorkshire-puddingy pancake. Next warm through your ready-sliced beef in the oven and lay the slices on your pancakes and roll up to make 2 yorkie wraps per person. If you fancy a little horseradish or mustard, spread a thin layer onto the pancakes before adding your beef slices for a little extra zing!

Serve with yummy chips or roast potatoes, using Fry Light again for a low-calorie version, gravy and peas/veg of your choice. Delicious!

Sunday Roast


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Happy Pancake Day – Top Tips for Shrove Tuesday

This year Shrove Tuesday has really crept up on me and I’ve only just realised that today I’ll be cooking and scoffing crazy quantities of pancakes for my dinner. I also need to have a think about what to give up for lent – it’s probably going to be chocolate, so that I can reeeeaally enjoy my Thorntons Chocolate Egg (hint!) at Easter.

I wanted to share some top tips for pancakes and making a meal of Shrove Tuesday:

  • Open a tin of condensed caramel and spread on your pancake with a sliced banana for a banoffee-style treat
  • Roll up a Yorkshire wrap – layer thinly sliced roast beef and a smear of horseradish or mustard in a pancake, roll it up and pour on lashings of meaty gravy. (Recipe made legendary by The Guild pub in Preston!)
  • Stir some grated cheddar and thinly diced onion into cream cheese; spread and roll!
  • How about a pancake burritto? Add mexican spices to mince, some chilli mixed beans and plenty of cheese and salad to your pancake and fold into a yummy pancake meal
  • Chocolate Delight – Add some cocoa powder to your pancake mix and cover with chocolate spread or sauce. Add a smear of peanut butter if you’d like a Snickers-esque pudding!
  • And traditional sugar and lemon never fails to delight!

 

Enjoy!