Friday, June 7, 2013

Easy Sweet and Savory Crepes

Mnn crepes. I remember making sweet dessert crepes as a little girl with my family. We would pile on ice cream, fruits, nuts, nutella, peanut butter, whipped cream, and basically every topping you could imagine (they looked more like obese tacos, butchering any French sophistication associated with eating crepes). 

It wasn't until much later that I discovered the savory version called galettes. When I went to France, I happily ate them every meal. And I ate them a lot in college freshman year until they sadly took away my beloved chicken pesto crepe from Stanford's Axe and Palm and changed to a "healthy food" menu (which wasn't popular and they quickly converted to a burger menu... alas sans crepes)

I had a craving for crepes the other day and found this basic recipe from Alton Brown. Conveniently, I had a visiting part French boyfriend present to assist me. I immediately bought a cute 8 inch fry pan and set him to work.

He probably had a little too much fun flipping the crepes...

B: *flip flip flip drop*
Chef Uy: O_O You only need to flip each once!!!
B: You're just jealous of my culinary technique!

Basic Crepe
Ingredients 
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
olive oil, for coating the pan

Directions
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour (allows bubbles to subside so the crepes will be less likely to tear).

Heat a small non-stick pan with olive oil. Pour batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and lay them out flat so they can cool. Continue until all batter is gone.

After they have cooled you can stack them and store in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for up to two months.
Savory variation filled with pesto chicken, tomatoes, eggs, spinach and cheese.
The highlight of any meal is always dessert of course. Must learn the pretty triangle fold.

Savory Filling
Ingredients
4 tbsp pesto
2 chicken breasts, cubed
2 eggs
2-3 tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups spinach
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2/3 cup button mushrooms, sliced
shredded cheese
spices (rosemary, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, oregano to taste)

Directions
Pan sear the chicken on stove with pesto, rosemary, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper and bake in oven for 30 min.

On stove top, sauté onions until browned. Add mushrooms, cooked chicken, and pesto, plus additional spices to taste. Add diced tomatoes and spinach.  Crack and scramble the eggs to thicken the filling. Fill the crepe and top with cheese.

Sweet Filling
Ingredients
1 cup heavy whipping cream
sugar, to taste
1/4 cup red wine
2-3 peaches, sliced
1 cup raspberries
flour

Directions
In a bowl, whip the heavy cream and sugar together using an electric mixer.

On stove top set on high, add wine, peaches, raspberries, and sugar and stir to reduce. Add flour to thicken. Fill crepe and top with whipped cream

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