Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekend Edition: Ham & Swiss Crepes

I have never had savory crepes before in my life. I was a little nervous about the idea. Crepes to me are supposed to be sweet and served at breakfast. After making this recipe by Rachael Ray, however, I was pleasantly surprised that they are just as good for lunch or dinner.

What's Needed:
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
Coarse salt
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 C. fat-free milk
2 T. brandy
2 T. melted unsalted butter
Coarse black pepper
Vegetable oil, for cooking crepes (I used a non-fat cooking spray)
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese (I used Swiss-Guyere shredded mix)
1/2 lb. thinly sliced Black Forest Ham, chopped into ribbons

1. Crepe batter: combine flour and pinch of salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center. Add to the well: the eggs, milk, brandy and whisk to combine. Stir in melted butter. Cover the batter and set aside for 20 minutes.

2. After the twenty minutes has passed, preheat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat with a drizzle of vegetable oil. Cover the bottom of the skillet with just enough batter to coat.

3. Let the crepe brown on one side (about 1 minute). Turn the crepe with a rubber spatula, lifting up the edges. Then use a knife to help flip it over (this is a tough step. No need to worry about your crepes being picture perfect. They're being eaten, after all).

4. Scatter cheese and ham on top. Season with salt and pepper, then fold the crepe over and continue to cook until the cheese starts to melt.

5. Transfer the crepe to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. Repeat this until all the batter is gone (about 7 more times). Serves 2 crepes per person (4 servings total).

MY Grade B+ (I still prefer the sweet to the savory crepes)
PointsPlus: 9 points (2 crepes)

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: 365: No Repeats--A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners by Rachael Ray

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