Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Finland: Pinaattiohukaiset (Spinach Pancakes)

It is the beginning of a new months, which means I'll be cooking from a different set of countries for the next weeks for my Cook Around the Globe project. The first dish I have chosen, are cute little spinach pancakes. I liked those a lot and the lingonberries add a great sweet-and-sour dimension to the taste. HubbyGrouch preferred cream cheese & sour cream on the side instead of the berries, and so did LittleGrouch. These pancakes are a great vegetarian main course, great for a brunch buffet or a nice appetizer.

                           Zucchini Radish Julienne Salad

1 1/2 cups (low-fat) milk
140 g all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
10 oz chopped frozen spinach, thawed
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp melted butter

Whisk together milk, flour, and salt. Let sit for 30 minutes. Beat in eggs, then add spinach, pepper,  nutmeg, and butter. Grease a skillet lightly and heat over medium-low heat. Use about 2 tbsp batter per pancake and spread out, cooking several pancakes per batch. Cook 1-2 minutes per side, until lightly browned. Serve with lingonberries.

(adapted from "Best of Finnish Cooking" by Taimi Previdi  and  "Recipes: The Cooking of Scandinavia" from Time-Life's "Foods of the World" series)

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