Friday, April 26, 2013

Swiss Chard Pancakes or “Farçous” ~ FFWD


Absolutely wonderful Swiss Chard Kale Pancakes or “Farçous”

Spring has finally sprung. Days are longer, temps are higher and the sun is shining! I have come out of hibernation! It happens every spring, my burst of energy. Why should this year be any different? This has been a crazy week. Working in my garden and yard clean up was at the top of my "to do" list. Also, we decided to have our little powder room redone. I expected my contractor to call on monday, he didn’t! So on tuesday, feeling a bit energetic, I began to tear up the tile floor. After hammering away at that floor for a few hours, I was famished! I immediately thought about our French Friday pick. Reading the recipe through, I knew it would be quick and easy so, I decided to make them for my lunch!

These were so yummy…similar to a crepe in texture, but thicker!  I served mine with sour cream.

The recipe was for Swiss Chard Pancakes or “Farçous”.  According to Dorie, these “Farçous” are a type of crepe or galette loaded with greens, especially swiss chard. They are a staple throughout southwest France. I made mine with kale. I still had a bunch growing in my garden, left over from last year. Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe. Typically these pancakes are served with a salad as a main course or, as an hors d’oeuvre, where you might serve them with a dipping sauce. Dorie also suggests trying different herbs. Next time, I think I’ll try some rosemary or thyme. These were really quite easy. I only made half the recipe, since I was pretty sure my husband wouldn’t be eating them ( I was right ).
I used my new "Vitamix" to mix these up. I placed all the ingredients into the blender container and blended away! Easy…right? Now it’s time to fry them up. Add some oil to a frypan, then add the batter in scant ¼ cup measurements. Cook for a few minutes on each side, being careful not to crowd them in the pan.
Oh my goodness…they were incredible! I really loved the texture of these little pancakes. The eggs gave them the perfect consistency and, added a richness to their flavor.
These “Farçous” rate a two thumbs up from me! Next time I will be making the whole batch and freezing them. I loved having these little gems for my lunch this past week while I was in my spring fever mode! The old floor is gone, now onto the garden!! Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”, you can also find the recipe here. To see what other Dorista’s are doing with this one, check it out here.

Kale still growing in my garden…so fresh and tasty
Batter in blender jar 
Two thumbs up….I will be making these again very soon
I plan an trying these with other herbs and of course the swiss chard…Bon Appétit  
Happy Spring everyone!!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, Kathy, what an uplifting and happy Post. Spring is my favorite time of the year also but up here in the High Country, we haven't met it yet. So, to think of you working in your garden is a great visual for me right now. (The thought of you pulling up flooring is not!!!) Glad that project is finished. And, did I miss the Post about your having a new Vitamix? Looking forward to reading more about what you stir up with that. Love your cardinal, all puffed up. I agree, façous is a delightful addition to the menu. Enjoy and send Spring westward, please.

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  2. The next thing on our to do list for our house is redo the bathroom. I was wondering this morning how hard it would be to do the demo ourselves. And now I read your post! Inspiring.

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  3. So great to find you in such good spirits Kathy! I love that you have kale. Sadly, it´s almost non existent here. I found these little pancakes wonderful too, and I still have some in the freezer. Perfect quick lunch! Have a great weekend and enjoy the garden and the remodeling!

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  4. How nice that you were able to use some of your own kale in these delightful little pancakes! That's awesome! I made mine with spinach, and I definitely enjoyed them. So light and springy! Yours look terrific!

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  5. Happy spring! Pretty impressive that you had kale leftover still from last year. And what a perfect way to use it up.

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  6. I did have a lot of leftovers, so they're all in the freezer! Happy spring!

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  7. Ok, your pancakes are beautiful, but enough of that - need to hear about your new Vitamix? Do you love it yet????

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  8. I love the edges of your pancakes - such a pretty ruffle! I really enjoyed these, too. In fact, I just has some more for lunch. And there's still lots for the freezer.

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  9. I made mine with spinach since I couldn't find swiss chard here. And yes, we can pretty much make these pancakes with any greens. Loving the fact that you can grow your own greens!

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  10. Your pancakes look great Kathy. Enjoy spring - we are going the other way.

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  11. Your pancakes have the most beautiful golden edges... you must have been a lumberjack in a past life... boy can you cook flapjacks. I love the idea of Thyme or rosemary.

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  12. What lovely pancakes! I wish I had some home grown kale!

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  13. Ooooo--just in time for the CSA deluge!

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  14. Just gorgeous! Love the idea of herb pancakes and the beautiful green color ;-)

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  15. Yay Spring! I completely understand your burst of energy. I've been so happy every morning for the past week when my plants have visibly grown inches overnight and the bulbs are blooming everywhere. (And my new bees are happily buzzing.) I love that kale survived the winter and is growing in your garden now! I didn't love these pancakes the way I expected to. My favorite part was the color. I hope you have a great week, Kathy! May spring continue to settle in.

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  16. Kathy, kale is such a healthy vegetable and what a very craetive way to use it - it was nice to subsitute vegetables that we have on hand or that are more seasonal for the Swiss chard in the recipe and it looks and sounds as if you were as pleased with this wonderful recipe as we were.
    Have a lovely Monday!

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  17. Such an unusual combination of flavors in pancakes! I would love to try them!

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