This Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday, and it's traditional to serve pancakes for dinner on that day, so I thought these savoury pancakes would be just the thing to make. They're a perfect combination of breakfast and dinner food.
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup milk (if the batter is too thick, add more milk)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 dash cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil cooking spray
1 clove crushed garlic
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1 bag of fresh baby spinach
Sliced back bacon or ham
Crumbled feta cheese
Blend oats, flour, baking powder, cottage cheese, milk, eggs, and spices in a blender until smooth.
Spray a large frying pad with oil. Add garlic, mushrooms and spinach. Cook until soft. Set aside. Fry ham in the same pan, then set aside with the mushrooms and spinach.
Heat grill, spray with oil. Once hot, pour pancake batter to form large pancakes. Cook until bubbles form on top of batter, then flip. Cook until golden brown.
Place meat slices on top of the pancake, then mushrooms and spinach, then sprinkle with feta. Fold the pancake in half.
Place the finished pancakes in a covered dish in the oven on low to keep them warm until you're ready to eat.
It tires me out just writing that! These were way too much work for me. I like meals where you can cook everything together at once. I'm usually busy trying to keep an eye on the kids while I'm making dinner, so I don't like when there are meals with too many separate items that you have to put together at the very end. It's too stressful for me. Bennett was scattering my plastic containers all over the floor, Cole was whining for a snack, and I was about ready to snap. Eventually I got it made, but I didn't bother cooking the back bacon first, I figured the other hot ingredients would warm it up when I put them together. It tasted great and we all enjoyed it (until Cole got something caught in his throat and threw it all up but I won't get into that in any great detail). Then as I'm clearing the table I notice that the back bacon package says 'cook thoroughly before eating' on the back. Aaah! I just figured it was smoked and precooked so I wouldn't have to do that. So then the whole evening I was worried I had poisoned everyone. Luckily we made it through with no incidents (other than Cole gagging at the table but I'm sure that was unrelated). That'll teach me to read labels carefully before consuming something.
Now I don't mean to scare you off of trying this dish. It was really good, just not a good thing to make when you have to watch kids at the same time. Make it when you have lots of time and nothing else to distract you. Then I'm sure it would be a much better experience for you than it was for me.