Skip to content
Open menu Close menu

Feed your appetite for cooking with Penguin’s expert authors

penguin logo

8 of the best savoury pancake recipes

by Lottie Huckle

published on 20 March 2015

Maple syrup and fresh berries might be the Instagram crowd’s pancake topping of choice, but allow us to make a case for the unsung hero that is the savoury pancake. Stuffed with oozing cheese or nestled around a runny egg, packed with earthy mushrooms, chunks of ham or whatever else you’ve got knocking around in the fridge, the savoury pancake is every bit as versatile and joyful as its sweet counterpart. Evading easy categorisation, it has a legitimate claim to belonging at every mealtime, from breakfast right through to brinner. And without it, how else could we turn our Pancake Day dinner into a three-course affair?

From Rick Stein’s buckwheat crêpes with mushroom and egg to Madhur Jaffrey’s rice pancakes with chutney, here we’ve gathered together 8 of our favourite savoury recipes to try.

Rick Stein’s Buckwheat Crepes with Eggs and Mushrooms

Rick Stein’s Buckwheat Crepes with Eggs and Mushrooms

Rick Stein’s savoury buckwheat crêpe is a taste of France, packed with mushrooms, oozing cheese, and a runny cooked egg. 

From the book

Smoked Salmon & Chive Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream

Smoked Salmon & Chive Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream

Simon Hopkinson’s smoked salmon and chive potato pancakes are fried in clarified butter and served with a peppery horseradish cream. Not just for Pancake Day, these indulgent pancakes would also make an excellent dinner party starter.

Crêpes et galettes (Pancakes and Buckwheat Pancakes)

Crêpes et galettes (Pancakes and Buckwheat Pancakes)

Originally from Brittany, crêpes and galettes (made with buckwheat flour) have been adopted as France’s national snack, and tiny booths serving them with a choice of toppings can be found on virtually every Parisian street. If you’re eating them the traditional way, they should be washed down with a glass of Breton cider.

Classic Pancakes Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta (Panzerotti Tradizionali)

Classic Pancakes Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta (Panzerotti Tradizionali)

by Michaela, Emanuela and Romina Chiappa

The Chiappa sisters put a twist on the classic spinach and ricotta cannelloni with these delicious Panzerotti. “We loved these as children and would help Mum stir the mixture and roll them up – we called them ‘roly-polys’.”

Rice Flour Pancakes

Rice Flour Pancakes

Eaten for breakfast or as a snack food, this recipe from Madhur Jaffrey is served with chutneys and pickles. You can also wrap them around any vegetable dish of your choice and serve them at lunch with a salad. 

Turkish Spinach Galette

Turkish Spinach Galette

by Rachel de Thample
from FIVE

Galettes are great carriers for all manner of filling, including lots of fruit and veg. This recipe is packed with lots of fresh spinach, punchy harissa and a runny egg yolk in the middle for dipping.

FIVE
From the book

FIVE

Baked Pancakes with Gruyère

Baked Pancakes with Gruyère

by Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc’s baked pancakes are stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and plenty of Gruyère cheese. Prepare the stuffed pancakes a day in advance and wake up to a ready-to-go breakfast.

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancakes)

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancakes)

by Michael Zee

Loaded with tuna, bacon, dashi stock and egg, these okonomiyaki-inspired pancakes are as savoury as it gets. Once you’ve got the hang of SymmetryBreakfast’s recipe you can customise this recipe to include your favourite ingredients. 

Share

You might also like


View all

Features

9 Ottolenghi recipes to make you fall in love with aubergine

We’ve rounded up 9 of the best Ottolenghi recipes from across his cookbooks, from Middle Eastern-style dips to vegan aubergine dal.

Features

Cooking with za’atar: 6 Ottolenghi recipes to try now

Discover 6 of the best Ottolenghi recipes using Middle Eastern herb blend, za’atar, from braised eggs to mac ‘n’ cheese, salmon to aubergines.

Features

10 of our favourite 3-ingredient bakes from Fitwaffle’s Baking It Easy

Discover 10 of our favourite 3-ingredient bakes from Baking It Easy, the debut cookbook from TikTok baking sensation, Fitwaffle.

newsletter

Subscribe to The Happy Foodie email newsletter

Get our latest recipes, features, book news and ebook deals straight to your inbox every week