Crepes 1-2-3
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Crepes 1-2-3

Deceptively easy to make, crepes add a touch of finesse that will always impress.

The Basics

Somewhere along the line, the simple crepe acquired a reputation for complexity that belies its street-kiosk origins. The trick is the right pan -- shallow, heavy, and with a well-tempered iron or nonstick surface -- some trial runs, and a flip of the wrist.

Warm and gently dusted with powdered sugar or sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, dessert crepes sweeten a simple meal or special occasion. Or, plain crepes can be dressed up with honey, lemon curd, chocolate-hazelnut spread, fruit preserves, or marmalade.

Savory dinner crepes filled with chicken, vegetables, shredded cheese, or other combinations blend for a tasteful entree with a touch of spice. Use the following recipes, or create your own personalized crepe favorites.

Basic Crepes For filled crepes, plan 3 to 4 tablespoons filling per crepe. If serving warm, heat the filling before using.

In the Pan

  • Pour batter into the center of the heated pan. The batter should be thin enough to spread quickly. If it's too thick, stir in a little milk.

  • Tilt the pan gently to spread the batter evenly over the bottom. It takes just a slight turn of the wrist. (If needed, spread gently with a spatula.)

  • When the crepe is light brown on the bottom, carefully turn it over and cook for 30 seconds on the other side.

  • Spoon the desired filling into the center of the crepe; roll or fold the filled crepe in the pan, and slide it carefully onto a plate.

Crepe Ideas

Savory Crepe Ideas

Season the basic crepe batter with any of the following:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

Fill crepes with one of the following flavorful combinations:

  • Bite-size cooked boneless chicken pieces and steamed broccoli moistened with light Alfredo sauce
  • Cooked spinach and lentils with crumbled feta cheese
  • Chopped roasted turkey breast with finely diced butternut squash and topped with a spoonful of cranberry sauce
  • Cooked shredded beef, bean sprouts, and a little oyster sauce

Dessert Crepe Ideas

Flavor the basic crepe batter with one or two of the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Fill crepes with one of the following combinations:

  • Sliced bananas, chopped toasted walnuts, and a touch of maple syrup
  • Fresh fruit slices, granola, and fruit-flavor yogurt
  • Mixed fresh berries and plain or vanilla yogurt
  • Soft-style cream cheese combined with fruit preserves or lemon curd

Crepe Recipes

Sweet Cheese Blintzes Food mavens say that cheese courses for dessert are all the rage. Honey-sweetened blintzes may not be exactly what they had in mind, but why let a detail like that stop us?

 

Savory Dinner Crepes Meats, vegetables, or cheeses, plus dabs of sauce, make quick fillings and are a great way to use leftovers to create a personalized dinner crepe.

Marsala Chicken Crepes Season the crepe's batter with 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or curry powder, if desired.

Sweet Dessert Crepes Fill sweet crepes with cut-up fresh fruit. Dress with pureed and strained fresh berries. To really splurge, top with whipped cream or sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

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