Monday, March 10, 2008

Crepes for a Crappy Day...

Yesterday was miserable. The time change did not affect me at first. My problem yesterday was I had no inspiration of what to cook. Nothing? Nada? It was downright depressing. How does one make a grocery list when one has no cravings? ideas? inklings? So I went to Trader Joe's, roamed the aisles- looking, searching and hoping to stumble across something. Later that night, I found myself at home staring at my purchases waiting for the lightbulb moment. I had some bread, goat cheese, cheddar, spinach and pretty red tulips (yes, the stand next to the check out counter got me, but they were just so pretty). So I had a peanut butter-honey sandwich for dinner...boring!

Today, like many others, I spent in a tired haze. I struggled to sleep last night and woke up exhausted. Why does losing one hour always mess me up this badly? I started to think of what I could make for dinner but same problem...no ideas? Came home, grouchy and hungry, walked through the apartment building door and...ahhhh!!!! the clouds parted, the sunlight shown through, the angels started singing, the cherubs sounded the trumpets...ok, you get the point...I HAD AN IDEA!!!!

My neighbors were making something that smelled like pancakes and I was hit by a sudden craving for crepes. I made Savory Crepes with a Goat Cheese-Spinach-Ham filling. Then, in another fit of inspiration, I threw together a Cheddar-Broccoli filling. My roommate and I agree that the goat cheese filling was better. When can you ever go wrong with goat cheese? It was a delicious!



Crepes
(adapted from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 tablespoon butter, melted

2 large eggs

1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Beat with hand beater until smooth.

3. Lightly butter a 6 to 8 inch frying pan. Heat over medium heat until bubbly.
4. Pour about 1/4 cup batter into frying pan. Immediately rotate frying pan until thin film covers bottom.
5. Cook until light brown. Run wide spatula around edge to loosen; turn and cook other side until light brown.

6. Stack crepes, keep covered until ready to fill.

Goat Cheese-Spinach-Ham Filling


1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 cups chopped spinach
1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon whip cream
1 cup chopped ham


1. Heat a tablespoon of butter into another frying pan over medium heat.
2. Sauté garlic in the butter briefly and then add the spinach. Sauté until wilted.
3. Add the goat cheese and whip cream, stir until melted.
4. Add ham and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Fill crepes.




Cheddar-Broccoli Filling

1 cup broccoli, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar, shredded
1 tablespoon whip cream

1. Heat whip cream and cheddar over medium heat, until melted.
2. Stir in brocolli and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Fill crepes.

P.S. Have leftover crepes? Fill them with Nutella, jam, fresh fruit, whip cream or anything else yummy for a dessert crepes. If you want to make dessert crepes from the beginning, add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the recipe.

10 comments:

LyB said...

Yay! for crepes! I love crepes with anything from savory to sweet! That might just be dinner tonight, thanks for the idea! Oh, and that freaking one hour gets to me too!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

When I'm having one of those days, I give up and have cereal for dinner. Wish I lived next door to you -- crepes sounds so much better! I'm loving Daylight Savings Time -- don't miss the hour at all.

Terry B said...

Oh, man, Ginny--These are totally on my to-do list. Savory crepes were a revelation to me the first time I had them. I'd always thought of them as dessert.

And Lydia, you're way too perky today. Stop it.

Ginny said...
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Ginny said...

lyb- thanks! I hope you made some, I never realized what a great dinner they can be.

lydia- I wish I was that lucky! I've finally adjusted! I wouldn't mind being your neighbor too with what comes out of your kitchen! :)

terry b-I highly recommend...to be honest, this is the first time I've ever had savory crepes. Normally, I go straight for the nuetella regardless of the time of day.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I'm right with you - goat cheese and crepes are a winning combination!

Sylvie said...

Those crepes look really yummy. I hate those days where I can't think of what to cook. I'm having one today, but luckily had something to pull out of the freezer.

Mandy said...

I know how you feel. Losing one hour got to me too. The crepes make my mouth water....Can I come over for some? I have no desire to cook dinner tonight. :p

Ginny said...

aforkfulofspaghetti- thanks for stopping by! they are amazing!

Sylvie- thanks for the comments! I wish my freezer had good leftovers but only ice cream! :)

Mandy- I do wish you could come over for dinner, as long as I could come over to try your latest baking adventure! I really wish we could send food as quickly as we can send a message!

Tartelette said...

The crepes sound delicious! When my mom did not know what to fix when we were kids, we would scream "crepes!"