savoury french crepes
French crepes recipes are often made with sweet fillings such as the crepes suzette, but they
can be savoury as well. One of the most popular is the Ficelle Picarde which
is a popular French pancake filled with ham and mushrooms in a creamy sauce.
created by the chef Marcel Lefèvre and now part of the Picardy cuisine.
Ficelle, meaning string in English is the name given to this tasty pancake or
crepe and it is a good hearty dish for your family or for entertaining.
should be a good quality such as a piece that you would boil or bake
yourself but you can buy good boiled ham in most places nowadays. Do not buy the
thin wafer like ham as it will not quite be the same.
150g plain flour
4 slices of cooked ham – a good quality ham is best for
½ lb/250g mushrooms, peeled and chopped finely
½ lb/250g shallots or onions finely chopped
250mls double cream
3oz/75g grated Gruyère cheese
1 tsp of mustard (Dijon or grain, as preferred) – optional
Make the pancake batter by beating the eggs,
flour, milk and salt together and leave half an hour. You can use a
mixer/processor for this if you want.
Make your pancakes and keep them warm until you
have your filling ready.
Melt the butter in a pan and gently fry the
onions or shallots until soft but not browned.
Add the chopped mushrooms and fry gently for
another ten minutes.
Remove pan from heat and add two tablespoons of
thick cream to the pan, mix well and add salt and pepper to taste. Add the mustard, if preferred, at this stage, to spice up the mixture.
Take each of your pancakes and put a slice of
ham and then a tablespoon of the mushroom and onion mixture onto each one, roll
up and place in a warm oven proof dish.
Put some cream over the pancakes and sprinkle
with grated cheese and bake for about ten minutes in a hot oven until cheese
has melted and turned a golden brown.
Your Ficelle Picarde’s are now ready to serve....French
crepes recipes don't get any better than these.