February 12, 2013


Pancake day was almost not going to happen at this house but in the end we had it a day early (it was either that or not at all due to circumstances).

So instead of making home-made pancakes I rustled up a quick cheat’s version of stuffed pancakes and it was delicious.  In fact I found the recipe on the Delicious Magazine website and you can see it here.

pancakesIt was very quick and easy to do and afterwards, as always, I wondered why we only have pancakes once a year !!

Spinach and ricotta stuffed pancakes (my version)

250g bag spinach

250g tub ricotta cheese

1 pack of six ready-made pancakes (make sure you buy the unsweetened ones)

1 500g jar of Dolmio tomato sauce for lasagne

cheddar cheese for grating on top


Preheat the oven to 200°C / 180°fan / gas mk 6

Empty the bag of spinach into a large colander and stand it in the sink.  Pour over boiling water straight from the kettle to wilt it then refresh under cold running water straight from the tap.  Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach and put it in a medium bowl.  Add the ricotta and mix together.

Empty half the jar of tomato sauce into a lasagne dish and spread out over the base.

Take about a sixth of the spinach mixture and spread it all over one of the pancakes then carefully roll up.  Place it on top of the sauce with the join underneath, repeat with the remaining pancakes and mixture.

Pour the rest of the tomato sauce over the pancakes and spread it out to cover them all.  Sprinkle some grated cheese on top.

Bake for 30-40 minutes (I found they needed more time than stated on the website but check after 20 minutes).  Serve with salad and crusty bread, or whatever you fancy.

Serves 3-4.

(When the stuffed pancakes came out of the oven I put in another pack of sweet ready-made pancakes to warm up so we could have them for dessert.  I put them on a plate with a piece of baking paper between each one to prevent them sticking together and a piece of foil on top.  We ate them with orange juice and sugar (Dad), apple compote and honey (Nick) and lemon juice and stewed rhubarb (me).  A successful cheat’s Pancake Day.

I promise to get the frying pan out next year !!


  1. mmm I love stuffed pancakes - they are a great way of using up cold left over chicken - make a sauce with mushrooms and spinach to go with the chicken and stuff the pancakes - delicious!

    1. That's a brilliant idea, Sally. I will try it next time we have roast chicken.

  2. i'm loving all these fab pancake recipes this week but yours is the first savoury which is so excellent... beautiful, wish I could have seen inside it!

    1. Sorry Dom, we were so rushed I forgot to take a photo - they looked good though !!

  3. Thanks for the reminder that it is Shrove Tuesday. This recipe looks interesting. Keep well Diane

  4. We'll be having the traditional pancakes for supper today, Jean, but this recipe is definitely one for future use, thanks.

  5. These look great and the filling is one of my all-time favourites. We always celebrate Shrove Tuesday with savoury pancakes (filled with prosciutto, gruyere and tomatoes), followed by sweet ones - everyone is happy! Just off to start the flipping now...