I’ve been changing up where I’m getting recipe inspirations from. During the summer there are so many fresh ingredients that I want to use and try, so I tend to look into magazines rather than cookbooks. At the beginning of this summer I decided to subscribe to Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Both provide great food articles, recipes and restaurant recommendations for when you travel. Where do you get your recipe inspirations from? I’d love to hear some new ideas! (cookbooks, magazines, blogs, etc)
Below is one of the recipes which I found in Food & Wine, and I’m so glad I saw it. At first it was a bit intimidating since I’ve never made a crêpe! I worried that it would come out super thick- like a pancake and not be edible. But I tried- and by the 3rd one I got the hang of it. And if I can do it, so can you!
This made a perfect lunch and dinner- fantastic for leftovers! I’ll definitely make more of these in the future, but just change up the filling to do something different. These are a lighter and tastier alternative to a tortilla. You can make them a day or two ahead- they keep well in the fridge!
Buckwheat Crêpes with Corn Salsa
Adapted from: Food and Wine (August 2012)
2 cups skim milk
2 large eggs
1 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1 tbsp butter
2 leeks, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, chopped (optional)
3 ears of corn, corn kernels sliced off
1/4 cup chopped parsley
cooking spray or melted butter
about 2 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped chives
To make the crepe batter mix together, in a blender or food processor, the milk, eggs, butter, buckwheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Keep the batter to the side until you are ready to make the crepes.
Preheat the oven to 325°F. On a baking sheet toss the tomatoes and garlic with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes, or until the tomatoes are slightly drained.
In a skillet, melt the butter and then add the leeks. Cook them over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Then add in the jalapeño and corn kernels, cook for about 2 minutes. Next add in the tomatoes and parsley, cook for 2-3 minutes.
Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet, and spray it with cooking spray or brush it with melted butter. For each crepe use about 1/4 cup of batter, pour it into the skillet and swirling it around to coat the pan. Cook over medium heat, until the top is dry and the bottom is lightly golden, about 2 minutes. Then flip the crepe over and cook for 1 more minute. Transfer the crepe to a plate to cool off. Repeat with the remaining batter, which should make about 10-12 crepes.
To serve, spread the crepe onto a plate. Then spoon the salsa onto the center of the crepe. Sprinkle the goat cheese and chives on top, and then roll each crepe into a cylinder.