In time for Pancake Tuesday, we thought you might want to try out this lovely recipe - pancakes rolled up with a savory filling. This makes a nice difference to the usual fillings of sugar and lemon, jam or chocolate spread!
The sliced rolls look eye-catching if served open side up on a rectangular or square plate joined by a little dip bowl. You could use mustard mayo or even horseradish sauce instead of the vinaigrette dip if you like.
You can make the pancakes up the day before, keep them in the fridge wrapped in cling film, then slice them up before serving.
2 large (free-range/organic) eggs
120g plain flour
8 tblsp olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
a bit of butter (or rapeseed oil) for frying
150ml crème fraîche
1 small bunch fresh chives
200g Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon
2 tblsp lemon juice
Crack the eggs in a mixing bowl, then add the flour to the bowl so it sits in a pile to one side of the eggs. Gently start mixing the eggs with a whisk, then gradually whisk the flour in, little by little, until it's all incorporated. If it gets a bit thick, add some of the milk to loosen it up. Once all the flour is mixed in, add the rest of the milk, 2 tablespoons of oil and a good pinch of salt. Leave for at least an hour before using.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan and melt a bit of butter (oil) in it. Pour in a ladleful of batter, swirl the pan around, then pour any loose batter back into the bowl it came from. You should be left with a thin pancake stuck to the pan. Let it cook for a minute or so, flip it over for 30 seconds and then slide it out on to a plate. Repeat until all your batter is used. Let the pancakes cool completely on a wire rack.
The batter should yield about five pancakes, so you could use the remainder for breakfast.
Make a rectangle of double thickness cling film about 40cm x 15cm and lay two pancakes on it side by side, slightly overlapping. Spread them with a thin layer of crème fraîche, lay most of the chives on top, season well with pepper and place a layer of smoked salmon over the top.
Use the cling film on one of the long sides of the rectangle to roll the pancakes up tightly like a Swiss roll. Re-wrap in cling film and leave for at least half an hour in the fridge to firm up before slicing into slices about one inch thick. Serve with a dip made from the rest of the oil, the lemon juice and salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining chives before serving.