The perfect pancake is a difficult thing to master. It’s a fine balance of art and science.
One thing there are no rules on though is what to fill or top your pancake with.
You may prefer traditional sweet toppings such as lemon and sugar, or perhaps you’d rather go for a savoury option.
Your decision is purely down to taste buds and it sometimes takes a few taste tests to find the ultimate topping.
The traditional Pancake Day blowout takes place today.
If you’ve got a craving for something savoury – we’ve put together a list of classic, cheesy, meaty and unusual pancake ideas to satisfy your taste buds.
From Italian pizza and pasta inspired recipes to the classic cheese and ham with a twist – we’ve got something you’ll want to try this Shrove Tuesday or as a tasty weekend brunch.
Savoury pancake recipes
Squash, goat’s cheese and rosemary
Give the classic pancake a posh makeover with this fancy yet tasty veggie filling.
The BBC Good Food recipe says you need:
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 rosemary sprig, finely chopped
25g butter , melted and cooled, plus a knob extra
2 tbsp olive oil
250g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes
100g vegetarian goat’s cheese, crumbled into small pieces
handful pumpkin seeds, rocket salad and onion chutney, to serve
Bacon and maple syrup
This sweet/savoury combo is a treat for the tastebuds – even if it’s not one for the waistline.
Ham and cheese
This savoury combination is a little more substantial, topped with finely chopped spring onions to make it even more delightful.
Allrecipes says for eight pancakes you need:
4 teaspoon butter, divided
40g grated cheese
You can give it a classic French twist by adding an egg.
Full English breakfast pancake
A breakfast on a breakfast?! Why not top your pancake with a traditional English brekkie for a real treat this Shrove Tuesday. Don’t forget the brown sauce.
This Sainsbury’s recipe for four requires:
2½ tbsp olive oil
75g plain flour
¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
150ml semi-skimmed milk
3 large eggs
2 rashers dry cured unsmoked bacon
180g cherry-on-the-vine tomatoes
100g white baby button mushrooms
2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Veggie breakfast pancake
Top your pancakes with your favourite cooked breakfast items of mushrooms, tomatoes, poached egg and smother in baked beans.
Smoked salmon and cream cheese
A pancake is a giant version of a blini right? So why not top it like a giant canapé too? Sprinkle with a few sprigs of fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon juice for the finish touch.
This recipe from Sainsbury’s lists:
100g self-raising flour
225ml semi-skimmed milk
1 medium free-range egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
150g soft cheese
2 tsp lemon juice
120g smoked salmon
2 cornichons, finely chopped
4 sprigs fresh dill, picked and washed
Pizza toppings taste just as yummy on top of a pancake. A pancake base is the perfect to size for spreading your tomato sauce, sprinkling your favourite toppings and melting cheese to complete.
From pepperoni to pineapple chunks and spicy chicken – what are your favourite toppings?
Chorizo and pulled pork
For something totally different this year why not try this pancake recipe packed full of meaty flavours.
SAGA Magazine says for four pancakes you need:
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
150g chorizo, chopped
500g fat trimmed pork belly slices
400g can of chopped tomatoes
2 tsp chipotle paste
4 tbsp soured cream, to serve
1 chilli, finely sliced, to serve
Quorn pancake tray bake
Bringing together lots of healthy vegetables – this Quorn recipe is meat-free and packed full off the good and tasty stuff:
350g Quorn Pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow pepper, de-seeded and diced
1 medium aubergine, cubed
1 small courgette, sliced
1 onion, finely sliced
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
220 ml vegetable stock
4 heaped tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp sugar
2 tomatoes, diced
1 tbsp basil leaves, plus extra to serve