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Savory Crepes

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These versatile, multipurpose crêpes, and the variations that follow, are great for savory fillings. Keep a stack on hand in the freezer for unexpected guests. The crêpes will quickly defrost at room temperature, then separate with ease.

NotesIt takes just 2 or 3 teaspoons of butter to coat the pan for a batch of crêpes. A paper butter wrapper with a small amount of butter on it is a fast way to achieve this. For health reasons, if you prefer you may use 2 tablespoons canola, safflower, or olive oil in the savory crêpe batter instead of melted butter, but the flavor will be slightly different. Oil may also be used to coat the pan, but butter is preferable for its browning effect.

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationsoy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentblender, food processor

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealbreakfast, brunch, dinner, lunch

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, preferably bleached
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus 2 or 3 teaspoons butter for coating the pan

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the eggs, milk, water, flour, salt, and the 2 tablespoons melted butter for 5 seconds, or until smooth. Stir down and repeat if necessary. Or, to mix by hand, sift the flour into a medium bowl and add the salt. Whisk the eggs until blended, mix in the milk and water, and whisk this mixture into the flour and salt; stir in the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (though 2 hours is preferable) or up to 24 hours.

  2. Gently stir the batter if it has separated. Heat a seasoned 6- or 7-inch nonstick crêpe pan over medium-high heat until hot. (Use a 9- or 10-inch pan for larger crêpes.) Coat the pan lightly with butter, lift the pan from the heat, and pour in 2 or 3 tablespoons of batter for a 6- or 7-inch pan, or about ¼ cup for a 9- or 10-inch pan, tilting and rotating the pan to coat the surface. Cook until almost dry on top and lightly browned on the edges, about 1 minute. Loosen the edges with a metal spatula and flip the crêpe over using your fingers or the spatula, then cook the other side for about 15 seconds, or until lightly browned. Turn the crêpe out onto a clean tea towel to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter, wiping the pan with butter as needed and stacking the crêpes as they are cooked.

  3. For serving immediately, cover the crêpes with aluminum foil and keep them warm in a preheated 200°F oven. For serving later, wrap them in plastic wrap in quantities intended for each use and slip them in a self-sealing plastic bag. Refrigerate crêpes for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 2 months.

  4. HERB CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpes recipe and add ¼ cup minced fresh chives, basil, or flat-leaf parsley to the batter while blending it. Or, for pale green mixed-herb crêpes, use ½ cup mixed minced fresh chives, green onion tops, flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, marjoram, and basil.

  5. SUN - DRIED TOMATO CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe and add ½ cup minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes to the batter while blending it.

  6. BLUE CORNMEAL CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup blue cornmeal.

  7. BUCKWHEAT GALETTES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup buckwheat flour.

  8. CORN FLOUR CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup corn flour (which is more finely ground than cornmeal).

  9. CORNSTARCH CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 cup cornstarch and add 1/8 teaspoon baking soda.

  10. GARBANZO FLOUR CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup garbanzo flour.

  11. CHESTNUT - GARBANZO FLOUR CRÊPES: Follow the savory ½ crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 2/3 cup garbanzo flour and ½ cup chestnut flour.

  12. WHOLE - WHEAT CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 cup whole-wheat flour or 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour, or ½ cup all-purpose flour and ½ cup whole-wheat flour.

  13. CHESTNUT FLOUR CRÊPES: Follow the savory crêpe recipe, but replace the 1 cup all-purpose flour with 2/3 cup all-purpose flour and ½ cup chestnut flour.

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