– Slow Sunday with Fish & Pancakes –
Luxury Seafood Pancakes au Gratin
It may not appear to be a Slow Sunday kind of meal, my Luxury Seafood Pancakes au Gratin recipe, but in a way it is; the pancake batter was made the day before and stored in the fridge overnight and the completed dish was cooked in my wood burning stove for an hour, although I have given cooking times in the following recipe for a normal oven. This is a wonderful savoury pancake recipe that would be perfect for Shrove Tuesday, which is on the 21st February this year (2012) and also makes great use of fresh local seafood and fish, I used Scottish salmon and haddock with Atlantic peeled prawns, as well as the optional chives and tarragon.
Although there are several stages to preparing this dish, they can all be done ahead of time making this an easy family meal to serve on Pancake Day. As I mentioned earlier, I made the batter the day before and then cooked the pancakes in the morning, and, as there are only two of us, I only needed four pancakes for the recipe, so the other pancakes were served for breakfast with fresh lemon and sugar – the traditional way. The white sauce can be made up to the stage where you add the fish and when you are ready to assemble the dish, you can then re-heat the sauce before adding the fish and prawns. I would served two pancakes per adult for a main meal, and one pancake per person as an appetiser and for young children……..all that is needed then is a simple salad and some fresh lemon wedges to serve.
Basic Pancake Batter
|Serves||6 to 8 pancakes|
|Prep time||1 hour|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour, 20 minutes|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 125g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 medium egg
- 300ml milk
- 25g melted butter
|Step 1||Mix flour and salt in a basin, make a hollow in the centre and drop in the egg. |
Stir with a wooden spoon and add the milk gradually, until all the flour is worked in.
|Step 2||Beat well and add remaining milk and the melted butter.|
|Step 3||The consistency should be like single cream.|
|Step 4||Cooking: For each pancake, heat a small amount of butter in a frying pan. When it begins to smoke, stir the batter and pour approximately 3 tablespoons into the frying pan. |
When golden brown underneath, turn and cook other side.
|Step 5||Serving: Turn out on greaseproof paper, sprinkle with sugar and roll up or fold into quarters. Place on a hot dish and serve immediately with honey, jam, syrup, lemon or orange juice.|
|Step 6||Pancakes keep well in the refrigerator and can be frozen.|
Although I love sweet pancakes, especially the traditional lemon and sugar ones, this savoury recipe is really wonderful and I may try other combinations of fish and seafood another time. I will be posting some sweet pancake recipes along with my special Shrove Tuesday post, but for now I leave you with this recipe idea for a Fab and Fishy Pancake Day – well, I AM a Fish Fanatic! See you later, Karen.
Luxury Seafood Pancakes au Gratin
|Prep time||30 minutes|
|Cook time||30 minutes|
|Total time||1 hour|
|By author||Karen S Burns-Booth|
- 8 pancakes, made with basic pancake batter
- 25g plain flour
- 450ml fresh whole milk
- 25g butter
- 200g white fish fillets (cut into small cubes)
- 150g fresh salmon, skinned (cut into small cubes)
- 100g peeled prawns
- 4 tablespoons cream cheese with herbs (such as Boursin)
- 50g grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper, to season
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 50g chopped chives
Delectable luxury fish and seafood is bound in a cheesy white sauce with herbs and is then used to fill pancakes before being baked au gratin; a fabulous savoury pancake idea for Shrove Tuesday.
|Step 1||Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F. |
Quick white sauce: Place the flour, milk and butter in a sauce pan, heat whilst whisking continuously until the sauce thickens and is smooth. Add the cream cheese, tarragon and chives if using, salt and pepper to taste. Put 4 tablespoons of the sauce to one side for the topping.
|Step 2||Add the fish and prawns to the sauce and cook for 5 minutes , stirring occasionally without breaking up fish pieces. Remove from the heat and add half of the Parmesan cheese, stir until melted and check seasoning.|
|Step 3||Divide the filling between the pancakes, placing the sauce down the middle of the pancakes before folding the outside edges over the filling and then placing the filled pancakes into a buttered oven proof dish.|
|Step 4||Spoon the reserved white sauce over the top of the filled pancakes and sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the topping is golden and bubbling.|
|Step 5||Serve immediately with fresh lemon wedges and salad.|
Wow, those looks good. I made some food for slow Sunday, let me see if I can post it. Last week I tried but it didn’t work…
Thanks Marina! To add a link to the blog hop you must have the code copied into your post somewhere that I posted on the Slow Sunday page…..if you have any problems, give me a shout on Twitter or email me!
Janice (Farmersgirl) says
Karen,you must have read my mind! I have salmon and prawns defrosting was going to do the sauce with pasta but love the thought of the pancakes, thanks for the inspiration.
Tehehehe! Janice, you and me must be on a seafood roll as I have made loads of recipes with fish and seafood lately! This recipe was almost like seafood cannelloni and we both loved it.
I much prefer savoury to sweet pancakes and this dish would be something I’d really enjoy. It looks so lovely and creamy and cheesy.
Thanks Corina, yes, I am a savoury person anyway, so these hit the spot!
I made pancakes yesterday!!! I love them so much and your fish pancakes look simply divine!! So good. I need them NOW!!!
Thanks Dom! We are now in a pancake frenzy and I made them again this morning and plan to make more tomorrow and for Tuesday too of course!
I feel like you’ve read my mind! I was doing my meal plan last night for the week, and was trying to decide what to do with the king prawns I bought on offer, and wondered about making some sort of seafood pancake for dinner! Am not weirdly keen on pancakes on their own but love them baked, your recipe looks so so delicious and have snagged!
Thanks Anne! And, glad to help with savoury pancake ideas too! These pancakes work so well with a creamy seafood filling and then for me, the real treat is baking them au gratin with cheese! Karen
Another great recipe & looks really tempting! We’re having pancakes for brunch almost every weekend, so I’ll certainly trying this recipe next weekend! 🙂
Thanks Kit! I must admit to cooking lots of pancakes myself recently, in the run up to Pancake Day!
wow these look mouth-wateringly delicious!! Love seafood, love pancakes. Yum!
These look delicious Karen. Am a fan of pancakes, sweet and savoury. A lovely comfort food dish this one x
Thanks Nazima, I also LOVE pancakes both sweet and savoury and this dish is always a hit here! Karen
A great reassurance to find your recipe on line. Perfect for Friday night date night with my husband. A luxury dish but not expensive to make. Salad, white wine and there we go. Thank you.
I’ve just found your wartime ration recipes. Ideal as we are on an unexpectedly tight budget.
Karen Burns-Booth says
Thanks Tanya! I hope you enjoy this and all the other recipes I have online too!