Savory Pancakes To Serve At A Dinner Party

Step up from the usual cracker appetizers with these savory pancakes. Pancake Tuesday is coming up, and those savoury pancakes are all you need to complete your dinner.

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Not only is Pancake Tuesday but it is also St Valentine, definitely a week of celebrations.

To combine the two I decided to make savory pancakes and get a dinner out of it.

Savory Pancakes, called Blinis, are very common here in France and you can buy them already made. 

They are thick and small, very similar to the American pancakes.

In fact, I use the same recipe.

Make small bite-size savory pancakes and garnished them with these different toppings.

You will have a gorgeous and delicious assortment to serve as starters at a dinner party.  

Blinis with Smoked Salmon

Earlier I published the recipe of Russian Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Homemade Aioli.

They are our favourite and always have them on Christmas Eve.

You can also use caviar, crab meat, shrimps, or mackerel. 

Blini Russian Pancake with Salmon

Blini with pate de foie gras and caramelized onion

Blinis with Pate de Foie Gras and Caramelized Onions

Since we are in France I had to use the Foie Gras as a fancy starter.

I usually serve it with my homemade fig jam, but since my fig tree has stopped producing figs I couldn't make it this year.

So instead I made some caramelized onions.

If you want to make enough and preserve it, you can find here the recipe for my Red Onion Relish.

Blinis Beetroot Feta Cheese and Rucola

Simple but still delicious.

The creamy feta cheese is the perfect complement to the hearty beetroot.

Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil and cover with few leaves of rucola. 

Blini with beetroot and feta

Blinis with anchovies and lettuce and Parmesan Flakes

Blinis with Anchovies, Lettuce and Parmesan Flakes

A Ceaser salad on a pancake, isn't it a great idea?

Fresh, salty and cheesy.

Here I use my homemade mayonnaise but you can buy it directly at the shop if you don't have time to make it.

If it is the first time you make homemade mayonnaise read my article for hints and tips.

Blinis with 'Nduja and Cucumber

'Nduja is a spicy pork mix originally from Calabria.

It is becoming more and more appreciated worldwide and sold abroad.

I always have my supply at home, and I thought I would give some ideas on how to use it for those who are starting to familiarize with it.

For those who never heard of 'Nduja and cannot find it locally, you can substitute with a spicy salami like soppressata or chorizo.

Blini with nduja and cucumber

To make the blinis and the Mayonnaise I use my Braun hand mixer and this is my affiliate link.

If you want to read my review, you can check the post: Braun Blender

I hope you find some inspiration from my toppings and if you have more toppings to recommend, please let me know in the comment below 

Savory Pancakes To Serve At A Dinner Party

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Savory Pancakes 4 Different Toppings To Serve At A Dinner Party

Savory Pancakes To Serve At A Dinner Party
Prep Time
20 mins

Cook Time
15 mins

Total Time
35 mins

 

Step up from the usuals cracker appetizers with these 4 savory pancake ideas for dinner parties. You can also make Blinis with Smoked Salmon or any other seafood. Make regular sizes for small parties and bite-size pancake for larger parties.

Course:

Appetizer
Cuisine:

French
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 151 kcal

Ingredients
For the Blinis
  • 200
    gr
    flour
    type 00 optional Pain multi-céréales
  • 300
    ml
    milk
  • 1
    egg
  • 2
    tbsp
    melted butter
  • 1/2
    package
    Baking Powder 1 tsp
  • 1
    pinch
    salt
  • 2
    tbsp
    light oil for griddle
    (safflower or canola oil)
For the Mayonnaise
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1
    tsp
    Dijon mustard
  • 150
    ml
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    tsp
    lemon juice or white vinegar
  • salt and pepper
For the caramelized onions
  • 4
    onions
  • 1
    tbsp
    butter
  • 1
    tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2
    tsp
    sugar
  • 1
    tsp
    vinegar
  • 1
    tsp
    salt
Blinis with Pate de Foie Gras and Caramelized Onions
  • 30
    gr
    pate de Foie gras
Blinis Beetroot Feta Cheese and Rucola
  • 1
    beetroot
  • 30
    gr
    feta cheese
  • 10
    leaves
    rucola
  • 1
    tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil
Blinis with Anchovies, Lettuce and Parmesan Flakes
  • 3
    anchovies
  • 1
    baby lettuce
  • 1
    tbsp
    Parmesan flakes
Blinis with 'Nduja and Cucumber
  • 4
    slices
    'Nduja or chorizo
  • 1/2
    cucumber

Instructions
Make the Blinis
  1. Blend all the ingredients with an electric blender.
  2. Put a heavy-based frying pan or an iron griddle over high/medium heat and wait until it is warm before cooking the pancakes
  3. Pour the oil into a small cup and with the use of a brush grease lightly the pan
    American homemade pancakes
  4. Pour the batter over the hot griddle making pancakes with 10 or 5 cm in diameter depending on your needs.

  5. Once you see bubbles appearing through the batter, turn the pancakes on the other side.
    American homemade pancakes
  6. When the pancakes are done and you removed them from the pan, brush the pan with oil again before pouring more pancakes to cook
    Cook the blini
Make the Mayonnaise
  1. All ingredients should be at room temperature
  2. In a bowl whisk the egg with salt, pepper and the mustard. 
  3. Very slowly add the vegetable oil, in a thin but continuous flow.
  4. Add the lemon juice or the vinegar at the end
  5. Keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days
Make the caramelized onions
  1. Cut the onions into vertical slices, and fry them at medium heat with butter and olive oil
    Stir-fry the onions
  2. Once they become translucent lower the heat, add the salt, sugar and vinegar and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring from time to time

    Caramelize the onions
Assembling the pancakes
  1. You can now start assembling the pancakes

    Arrange the blinis on a tray
Blinis with Pate de Foie Gras and Caramelized Onions
  1. On each pancake lay a tbsp of caramelized onion and a slice of pate on top. Season with pepper

    Blini with pate de foie gras and caramelized onion
Blinis Beetroot Feta Cheese and Rucola
  1. Cut the beetroot into thin slices and lay on the pancake

  2. Crumble some feta cheese and cover with 2 rucola leaves. Season with olive oil and salt

    Blini with beetroot and feta
Blinis with Anchovies, Lettuce and Parmesan Flakes
  1. Cut the lettuce in julienne and mix with 2 tbsp of mayonnaise

  2. Lay it on the pancakes top them with half filet of anchovies and sprinkles some parmesan flakes

    Blinis with anchovies and lettuce and Parmesan Flakes
Blinis with 'Nduja and Cucumber
  1. Peel and cut the cucumber into thin slices and create a layer on top of the pancake

  2. Top it with a slice of 'Nduja or chorizo. You don't need to season it as the 'Nduja is already very spicy

    Blini with nduja and cucumber
Don't forget to make the Blinis with Smoked Salmon
  1. Find here the recipe: Blinis with Smoked Salmon

Recipe Notes

For the pancakes only

Calories 152 calories per serving
Fat 5 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 21 gr per serving
Proteins 6 gr per serving
Sugar 4 gr per serving
Sodium 390 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

Step up from the usuals cracker appetizers with these savory pancakes. Pancake Tuesday is coming up, and those savoury pancakes are all you need to complete your dinner.

  20 comments for “Savory Pancakes To Serve At A Dinner Party

  1. 8th February 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Savory pancakes make fantastic appetizers! These all looks so good too – love the plating! 😉

    • Laura
      8th February 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Thank you Catherine

  2. Beth
    8th February 2018 at 8:43 pm

    These all look so delicious, I can’t decide which I would eat first! I am partial to smoked salmon though! What a lovely group of appetizers for dinner!

    • Laura
      8th February 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you Beth, they were gone in a flash. You know !!

  3. 8th February 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Savory pancakes are favorite to my family. You did awesome job by explaining and showing step by step pictures.

    • Laura
      8th February 2018 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed

  4. 9th February 2018 at 6:29 am

    Love the idea of savory pancakes, especially with the beetroot feta cheese!

    • Laura
      9th February 2018 at 8:17 am

      thank you. Oh, yes beetroot and feta cheese are great together especially if drizzled with some good extra virgin olive oil

  5. 9th February 2018 at 6:54 am

    I love all of these cute appetizer ideas!

    • Laura
      9th February 2018 at 8:17 am

      Thank you Sandi

  6. 9th February 2018 at 7:27 am

    Here in Hungary pancakes are typically dessert fodder and very similar to what us Brits know as pancakes but stuffed with all sorts of ‘stuff’… These are definitely more my kinda food, savoury works much better for me, thanks for the heads up on pancake day too, I usually only find out about it when my British friends post about it on the day on FB.

    • Laura
      9th February 2018 at 8:19 am

      Ah, ah, ah, that is because you don’t have children who make you feel guilty because you forgot. I learned my lesson. I use to have sweet when I was in UK as well. Savory is more my style as well.

  7. Dannii
    9th February 2018 at 11:04 am

    What a great idea for a dinner party. There are some really delicious and unique topping ideas here too.

    • Laura
      9th February 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you, we enjoyed each one of them

  8. 9th February 2018 at 1:20 pm

    wow, these look like very sophisticated toppings. I never understand those who just do sweet pancakes – i’d love to try the anchovy ones…

    • Laura
      10th February 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you, I am more for the savory as well

  9. 9th February 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I love the thought of savory pancakes! My grandmother used to make them both ways! I love all the fixings you have on your pancakes and I bet this was a delicious meal!

    • Laura
      10th February 2018 at 9:21 am

      I wish I had met your grandma. I love her stories

  10. 14th February 2018 at 4:36 pm

    These are some exceptional party recipes and ideas which I can’t wait to try, Laura. I especially loved the Blinis with ‘Nduja and Cucumber serve. 🙂

    • Laura
      14th February 2018 at 5:46 pm

      Thnks, I am glad you like ‘Nduja. Not many people are familiar with it

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