5 savoury pancake recipes for people who don’t have much of a sweet tooth

Why should sugar and lemon take centre stage this Pancake Day?

Press Association
Last updated: 13 February 2018 - 10.05am

Don’t be under the impression that Pancake Day is the sole reserve of those whose toppings of choice are Nutella and banana, or good ol’ lemon and sugar.

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If you’re the type of person who’d choose a cheese board over a sweet dessert any day of the week, luckily there are still plenty of ways for you to celebrate Shrove Tuesday – none of which involve strawberries and chocolate.

In 2017, 52 million eggs were eaten by Brits on Pancake Day – so if you don’t want to miss out on all the flipping fun, just because you don’t have a sweet tooth, why not get in on the action with some savoury recipes from BBC Good Food instead? Here are five to choose from…

1. Smoked ham and cheese pancakes

Ham and cheese pancake (BBC Good Food/PA)
(BBC Good Food/PA)

Few combinations are as classic as ham and cheese. This pancake dish is elevated from your run-of-the-mill school lunchbox sandwiches however, with smoked ham, Gruyere cheese, chives and black pepper.

2. Sweet potato masala dosa

Masala dosas (BBC Good Food/PA)
(BBC Good Food/PA)

If classic isn’t quite what you’re looking for, push the boat out with a sweet potato masala dosa – an Indian pancake that looks a bit like a crepe. This one packs a big flavour punch, with coconut raita, lime wedges, coriander leaves and chutneys to go with the spiced sweet potato.

3. Quesadilla pancakes

Quesadilla pancakes (BBC Good Food/PA)
(BBC Good Food/PA)

Shrove Tuesday is given a Mexican twist with this recipe. To make quesadilla pancakes, you simply sandwich a cheese, pepper and coriander mix between two pancakes – and once you try it, you’ll wonder why you ever ate pancakes one at a time.

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4. Squash, goat’s cheese and rosemary pancakes

Squash pancakes (BBC Good Food/PA)
(BBC Good Food/PA)

These pancakes are perfect for brunch, particularly if you don’t want to start your day with something too sweet. With the squash and goat’s cheese, they’re nicely filling and yet light and fluffy too.

5. Spinach and matcha pancakes

Matcha pancakes (BBC Good Food/PA)
(BBC Good Food/PA)

Sure, this definitely isn’t a traditional pancake recipe. But with that showstopping vibrant green colour, thanks to the spinach and matcha, how could you not want to try it?

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