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Spinach Pancakes with Creamy Ricotta Cheese Sauce

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Good with ricotta cheese sauce and bacon 0r Vegetable , onion bits.

Easy creamy ricotta cheese sauce

1. Finely-dice 1 onion and minced 3-4 cloves of garlic.

2. Heat 1-2 Tblsp olive oil in a frying pan and gently sauté the onions and garlic, seasoned to taste with sea salt, freshly-cracked black pepper, dried basil, and crushed red pepper flakes.

3. Once the onions are soft and fragrant, stir in 1/2 cup whole milk ricotta cheese.  Then, thin with boiling starchy pasta water (or regular hot water if not preparing pasta) one ladle at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

4. Taste and adjust seasoning’s as necessary.

5. Toss with bacon bits  or your favourite vegetables, anything else you might like to have in a cream sauce. I have used Sweet potato and Butter Nut Squash.  Garnish with freshly-grated Romano or Parmesan cheese if desired.

Spinach Pancakes

Serves: 4

  • 100 g (3½ oz) young spinach ( I have often used frozen if fresh is not available)
  • 125 g (4½ oz) plain flour
  • 450 ml (15 fl oz) semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 egg
  • generous pinch of grated nutmeg
  • about 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Wash the spinach and place in a saucepan, then cover and cook for about 2 minutes or until wilted – the water on the leaves is enough moisture. Drain well, pressing out excess water.
  2. Place the spinach in a food processor and add the flour, milk, egg and nutmeg. Season, then process to a smooth batter.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a 20 cm (8 in) non-stick frying pan, then pour out excess oil into a small bowl. Add enough batter to the pan to coat the bottom in a thin layer, tilting and swirling the hot pan as you do so. Cook for about 1 minute or until the pancake has set and is beginning to bubble, and the underside is lightly browned. Use a palette knife to loosen the edge of the pancake, then carefully turn it over and cook the other side.
  4. Turn the pancake out onto a plate. Use the remaining batter to make 7 more pancakes, oiling the pan after every 2 pancakes, if necessary. Stack up the cooked pancakes on the plate as they are made, interleaving them with greaseproof paper. When all 8 pancakes are made, cover them with foil and keep them hot over a saucepan of hot water.
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