A couple of weeks ago I discovered a perfect pancake recipe, and I had loads leftover after making my caramel and banana stuffed pancakes. I decided to do a savoury recipe. I love to use pancakes instead of pasta to make a cannelloni-type baked dish, it works in the same way, but is somehow lighter and less stodgy.
I did what I typically do when creating a recipe, I use what ingredients I have on hand, and as a food stylist I often have loads of food left over from a shoot. Not necessarily everything I want, but I’m forced to be creative with ingredients I have and not to waste food. It also gives me a perfect reason to keep creating for Drizzle and Dip while saving money and keeping me well fed. This can also be an occupational hazard, as often, and what is lately the case, I make food that is not that healthy and I shouldn’t be eating. Next year I am going to have to change this strategy slightly as I need to tighten my belt (literally) and get back onto a healthier eating regime.
This chicken, leek and mushroom filling is a great all round pie filling and can be used to make other kinds of chicken pies. Top with mashed potatoes, puff pastry or roll it in phyllo like I did with this serpent pie. It can easily be adapted to other vegetables too. Zucchini and spinach would work well.
In order to speed things up, I sautéed the chicken vs poaching it which I usually prefer to do when making a pie.
You can find my best-ever pancake recipe here. Its great for sweet or savoury pancakes. Make a batch for a dessert and use only 6 to make this chicken dish.
- 4 chicken breasts (skinless)
- 2T olive oil
- 4 1/2 cups of thinly sliced leeks
- 30g butter
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 cups sliced mushrooms
- 1T chopped parsley
- 3 T flour
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup creme fraiche
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 6 ready made pancakes
- bechamel sauce
- 30g butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 350ml milk
- 2t Dijon Mustard
- 1/3 cup of grated cheese (gruyere or cheddar)
- extra Parmesan to sprinkle on the top / optional
- Saute the chicken breasts in a pan with the olive oil until golden on all sides and just cooked through.. Remove and sen set aside.
- In the same pan heat the butter and sauté the leeks until they soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, parsley and mushrooms and cook for a further 4 - 5 minutes until they are cooked.
- Cut the chicken up into small to medium pieces and return these to the pan with the vegetables, heat through.
- Stir through the flour until it is well distributed and cook for a minute. Add the stock and allow the sauce to thicken, about 3 - 4 minutes. Ensure that all the flour has cooked through.
- Add the creme fraiche and parmesan and cook for a further couple of minutes. You will now have a very creamy sauce. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. All this mixture to cool slightly.
- Preheat your oven to 180 C / 350 F
- make your béchamel sauce by melting the butter and then adding the flour to form a roux. Add the milk bit by bit, whisking all the time until you have a nice smooth sauce. Add the Dijon, salt and pepper and cheese.
- Divide the mixture amongst the 6 pancakes and roll each up and place in an appropriately sized oven dish. Ensure that they are quite tightly packed next to each other.
- Cover the filled pancakes with the béchamel sauce and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until
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