Good Food Blog
Top 10 pancake fillings - sweet and savouryPosted at 12:02PM, 20 February 2012 by Roxanne Fisher - Writer/Sub-editor, bbcgoodfood.com
We know you'll be piling 'em high on Shrove Tuesday, but on which side of the filling fence do you fall? Maybe you satisfy your sweet tooth with simple sugar and lemon or perhaps buck the trend and go for often overlooked savoury favourites like classic cheese and ham?
However you pack your pancakes, our top 10 ideas will help you get creative in the kitchen this year, and maybe even inspire you to shun ever popular sweet for supper worthy savoury...
1. Chocolate, peanut butter & bananaPerfect with a thinner base, this super sweet filling will pack out your pancakes, making them cost effective and great for sharing.
2. Squash, goat's cheese & rosemary
Proving your topping doesn't have to go...er... on top, these sophisticated fritters make a great brunch or even starter if you're celebrating in the evening.
3. Arnold Bennett
Give the classic omelette a modern makeover with Gordon Ramsay's posh pancake recipe, which keeps the traditional haddock centre but transforms it into a stylish soufflé.
4. Crêpe Suzette
Keep things light with a low-fat favourite - this simple zesty classic is a quick way to please everyone. You could also add your own tropical twist by using sliced mango, tropical juice and fat-free Greek natural yogurt instead of traditional orange - or maybe treat yourself to a boozy brunch version with a splash of Cointreau!
5. Baked spinach & ricotta
For a satisfying veggie main forgo the flip and pop your pancakes in the oven for the ultimate Shrove Tuesday supper.
6. American blueberry
The nation speaks - our most popular pancake recipe on the site is always a popular choice for Pancake Day. Thicken them up with baking powder and self-raising flour and get liberal with the syrup. There's no need to stick to blueberries either - grab yourself a selection of your family's favourite fruits and let everyone help themselves.
7. Breakfast bacon and egg
Thin and limp not your thing? Throw mashed potato into the mix for chunky pancakes - you'll still get all the fun of the traditional prep but they'll be much nicer with a breakfast topping of bacon and egg.
8. Buttermilk pancakes
Fast becoming a firm favourite of those who take their pancakes seriously - buttermilk is the secret ingredient in James Martin's indulgent delights, which are more than worthy of their five stars.
Make a meal of your crêpes by setting out bowls of your favourite veggies, herbs and spices and getting everyone to wrap and roll - our spicy vegetable fajita recipe should give you some ideas to get you started...
10. Toffee and apple
The luxurious combination of toffee and apple is too often forgotten and confined to those cold November nights. Bring it to the fore in these too-cool crêpes, ideal as a dinner-party dessert.
Do you have a flippin' fantastic topping you'd like to shout about? Take inspiration from the rest of our pancake favourites or tell us yours below.