Green pancake stack

Creamy spinach sauce, cheese and ham

Green pancake stack

Green pancake stack

Serves Serves 8
Time Cooks In1 hour
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 334 17%
  • Fat 20.7g 30%
  • Saturates 9.8g 49%
  • Sugars 6.3g 7%
  • Salt 1.1g 18%
  • Protein 15.9g 32%
  • Carbs 22.8g 9%
  • Fibre 1.9g -
Of an adult's reference intake
Recipe From

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By Buddy Oliver
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Ingredients

  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 175 g plain flour
  • 850 ml milk
  • 175 g baby spinach
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • olive oil
  • 150 g Cheddar cheese
  • optional: 100g higher-welfare smoked ham
  • 1 butterhead or round lettuce
  • red wine vinegar
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Recipe From

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By Buddy Oliver
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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. For the pancakes, crack the eggs into a blender, add 125g of flour, 150ml of milk, 25g of spinach and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then blitz until smooth.
  2. Put a saucepan on a medium heat with the butter, then peel, finely slice and add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Stir in 50g of flour and gradually pour in 700ml of milk, then cook until thickened slightly. Stir in the leftover spinach and season to taste.
  4. Put a 26cm non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add just enough batter to coat the base of the pan, gently swirling it to cover, cook until lightly golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter, wiping out the pan with a ball of kitchen paper and adding a tiny drizzle of oil each time – you should end up with 5 thin pancakes.
  5. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and tear up the ham (if using).
  6. If your frying pan isn’t ovenproof, get yourself a deep ovenproof pan or dish (26cm in diameter). Repeat the layers of pancake, spinach sauce, ham and cheese until you’ve used up all the ingredients, finishing with a layer of sauce and cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbling, then rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Click apart the lettuce leaves, toss with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, then season to taste and serve alongside the pancake stack.

Tips

Jamie wholeheartedly believes that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child. Getting kids excited about food, where it comes from and how to cook it, gives them a better chance of being healthier and happier in the long run. When cooking with kids, use your common sense to determine what jobs they can help you with, depending on their age and skill level. It’s always good to start small, with jobs such as mixing and measuring, then progress to elements of a recipe, then go on to slightly trickier techniques over time. The more they cook, the better they’ll get. Make sure you supervise them when using heat or sharp utensils like knives and box graters, and teach them about the importance of washing their hands before they start, and after handling raw meat and fish, as well as other basic hygiene rules. Most of all, have fun with it, and encourage them to give things a go.

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Recipe From

Let's Cook

By Buddy Oliver