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My favourite savoury pancakes

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Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Serves 3

Pancakes with a filling of chicken, bacon, leeks and cheese sauce - easy to prepare ahead and cook when you want.

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  • Pancake batter (see note in step 1)
  • 1 tsp dried herbs (mixed herbs, or chives or parsley)
  • Leftover cooked chicken, about 1 breast, chopped
  • 100g smoked bacon, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 leek, washed and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

Cheese sauce

  • 100g butter or margarine
  • 100g plain flour
  • 500ml skimmed milk
  • 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated


  1. First make the pancakes. I used the BBC Good Food recipe called "The Classic Pancake", and added herbs to the batter as suggested. Cook pancakes as described in the recipe. I deliberately made larger pancakes because of the filling and size of baking dish I was going to use later, so I got 5 large pancakes out of this batch. Place on greaseproof paper and set aside.

  2. Put bacon into a large saucepan and fry gently for 5 mins until cooked through and fat is released. Then add leeks and garlic, and fry for 5 further minutes. Transfer to a bowl until later.

  3. Next make the sauce. Using the same pan first put in the butter or margarine and gently melt, stirring occasionally. Then add the flour and mix together to form a roux. Keep on the heat, stirring all the time, for 4-5 mins to cook out the flour. Then add the milk a little at a time - stir well and allow to heat through each time you add some so that it thickens. This whole step usually takes me about 20 minutes.

  4. Add cheese to the sauce and stir until fully melted and combined, then add chicken and bacon mixture. If too thick add extra milk. Taste and season as required.

  5. Spread a couple of spoonfuls of sauce onto a pancake, then roll it up and place into a baking dish (I use a lasagne dish). Repeat with the other pancakes. If preparing ahead stop at this stage, cover dish with cling film and put into the fridge until ready to cook.

  6. Cook in a preheated oven at 170 degrees C (fan) for about 30 mins. Check after 15 mins and if the top is starting to catch turn the heat down a little. I've said it serves 3 but could be for more if you serve with veg side dishes.

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