Monday, April 21, 2014

Bento Bites: Leek Pancakes

I am very picky about leek. There are only a few ways I like to eat leek. Mostly in quiches and the like or else I often find the flavor too strong. These leek pancakes are brilliant though! They have a hint of cinnamon which gives them some extra depth in flavor. This dish is great both for lunch or dinner. Because while it is light, it is also filling, 3 of these pancakes and I am full. Not only me, but my boyfriend as well. Because they also taste great cold, they are very suitable to take with you in a bento :) The original recipe is from the cookbook Plenty. The sauce is a great addition, but they taste great without it too, so leave it out for the budget version.

Leek Pancakes (serves 4 as lunch, 2 as main)
- 3 leeks (about 450 gr)
- 4 spring onions, chopped
- 25 gr parsley, chopped
- 3/4 tsp coriander
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp kurkuma
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 120 gr selfrising flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 150 ml milk
- 60 gr butter, melted
- olive oil for baking

For the sauce:
- 100 gr greek yoghurt
- 100 gr sour cream
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 20 gr parsley, chopped
- 20 gr cilantro, chopped

Put all the ingredients for the sauce in a food processor until it is a nice sauce. Set aside.
Cut the leeks in rings from approx 2 cm. Wash them well in a colander, pat them dry.
Bake leek and spring onions in a little bit of oil for about 15 minutes on half heat. Place in a bowl and add spices, parsley, sugar and salt. Let it cool down.

Beat the eggwhite in a fat free bowl until it forms a soft foam. Stir carefully through the veggies.
Mix in another bowl the flour with baking powder, egg, milk and butter into a batter. Scoops this through the veggie mixture. Make sure as much air as possible stays in the mixture.

Heat about 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and form little pancakes from the batter, about 3-4 at a time. bake about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crispy. Leave them on kitchen towels while you bake the next batch.

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