All right, I know what you’re thinking . “WHAT?? Kale pancakes?? Really??”
Yes, it’s true. But don’t worry, these are delicious AND a great way to hide the highly nutritious kale from the leafy green haters!!
I’ll admit that I have never eaten just kale pancakes, although I’m sure they would be just fine. Instead I always use them as the base for other interesting dishes. A side dish, an accompaniment, the starch item to balance a plate. And they go with a multitude of things.
Pretty much anywhere you would use rice as a side dish, you could use the savory kale pancakes.
It is especially good with any sort of “saucey” item like stew, curry, even stir fries. Just line the plate with them and start piling on the toppings!
Depending on the topping, these can be a regular dish, or a vegetarian dish. Or if you make the pancake without the help of eggs, it can be a lovely vegan dish.
Here’s what you will need, in a blender:
- 1 small regular onion roughly chopped or 4 – 5 green onions
- 1 peeled clove garlic
Whiz these up in the blender with a few drops of water till they are well blended.
Then add the ingredients for your favorite pancake mix but exclude the sugar or only put half what the recipe would call for.
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (or whole wheat, spelt etc whatever you are into)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg (optional if eggs aren’t your thing) just add 3 tsp of baking powder instead
- 1 1/2 c. milk ( I use almond but any milk will do)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Whiz all this up and then add 1/2 to one whole bunch of kale making sure to remove the middle stems. I just rip it off the stem, that seems to give you small enough pieces. Add it a bit at a time to the blender and whiz it down until all is mixed and you have enough.
Once you have your nice green batter, it’s time to make your pancakes!
Heat up your pan and add a little oil so they won’t stick. Then pour in enough batter for what ever size you’d like your pancake to be. You could even make more than one at a time if they are going to be smaller.
Then, just like regular pancakes, you will wait for the tell tale bubbles to appear on top of the cake and then it’s time to turn her over!
When they are done, keep them on a tray or heat proof dish in a 200 degree oven till you are ready to eat them.
And there you have them. Now they are ready to top with your toppings. The saucier the topping the tastier they get because the sauce will soak into the pancake making them double delicious!