Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Vegetable crepes with cottage filling (and my eternal hate for Channel Fox)

Vegetable crepes with cottage filling

That’s right, my dear readers. Channel Fox (Brazil) sucks, big time.
They have decided to air only dubbed movies and series - no more of my beloved original sound and subtitles that I decide to read whenever I want to.
I will never forgive Fox for making me watch the first episode of “Dexter” this way – btw, it is fantastic. I can’t wait to watch the next episode.

Back to food… These crepes are delicious! And they’re light – yep, healthy and NOT packed with thousands of calories. My type of food lately – so true that I had all 4 you see on the plate. :S

The batter is not thick as the usual crepe batter and I thought it would be difficult to transform it into crepes. Practice makes it perfect, though: my first crepe looked like a flower, there was nothing round about it… But after that first attempt I got to make the others without much trouble.

My opinion about the filling is that it’s OK, but the curry flavor is too overpowering (and I like curry). I liked the crepes so much that I have been thinking of making them again with a number of different fillings – use your imagination and you may end up liking this recipe as much as I did.

There were some crepes left and I had them later that day, cold, without filling. I told you I’d liked this recipe. :)


This is my entry for this Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by the sweet and dear Susan.

Vegetable crepes with cottage filling
Weight Watchers Brazil

2 eggs
½ cup non-fat milk
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup shredded/grated carrot
½ cup shredded/grated zucchini
4 tablespoons grated parmesan
freshly ground black pepper

¾ cup cottage cheese
½ teaspooon curry powder
1 tablespoon chopped chives
freshly ground black pepper

Make the crepes: place the eggs, milk and flour in a blender and blend well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Heat a crepe pan over low heat until hot. Lightly coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Pour batter into the pan and tip to spread the batter to the edges. When bubbles form on the top and the edges are dry, flip over and cook until lightly browned on the other side and edges are golden. Repeat with remaining batter – you’ll have to get 8 crepes with this recipe. In order to achieve this number, I poured an almost full ¼ cup of batter into the pan.
Mix all the ingredients of the filling and spread small amounts of the mixture onto each crepe. Fold them as you wish and serve.

Serves 4.

Vegetable crepes with cottage filling


Karin W. said...

Crépes are great! These thin pancakes are one of the most versatile dishes, I know. The possibilities for fillings are endless.

You could even serve them on a buffet table for a large number of guests, since you can make crepes ahead. Just keep them stacked between layers of parchment paper in the freezer one or two months, thaw them in the refrigerator, make the filling, sprinkle them with cheese and heat them up in the oven.

Anonymous said...

They look great! Tasty...and just as importantly, they look like they'd make a great, healthy meal as well :)

Kelly-Jane said...

I'm atempting light and delicious at the moment as well - with the odd sweet thing!

These look lovely, I love savoury crepes too!

Hilda said...

I'm also trying not to pack on the poundage right now, and I love crêpes (I'm French, it's kind of requisite), so this recipe is perfect for me!

Wendy said...

I tried to make a savoury roll using filo pastry the other day. A miserable failure, unfortunately. Will have to try these to make up for the disappointment.

Anonymous said...

I love crepes and I love finding new ways to use them. Good recipe!

And about dubbed shows...when I was growing up in France, I remember watching Clint Eastwood movies that had been dubbed. One afternoon after we had moved back to the U.S., my older brother and I were watching a Clint Eastwood movie in English. I turned to my brother and said: "That's the French cowboy," I said. "He speaks English so well!"

Nora B. said...

Patricia, that looks great! I haven't made crepes for a while, so thanks for the recipe and reminder. I'll make this for lunch over the weekend, and maybe use a different filling, like you suggested.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm not sure I could ever say something has too much curry flavor, since I love it so much! I've also had "make crepes" on my "to do" list for the longest time, so you've inspired me! Thanks for the delicious entry, Patricia!

Susan said...

Patricia, this is an excellent, light, any-time meal, full of at least three of the four food groups. ; )

I can't stomach dubbed fare, either! Do you know what it's like to watch Burt Lancaster speaking Italian in an Italian film (The Leopard)that they have dubbed into English by a different actor? Scary!

Eva said...

What a wonderful recipe! I'm always on the lookout for something tasty but healthy (gotta make up for all the cakes...) and I love crepes!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Patricia these are really fantastic and healthy too! And it's been over a week since I made crepes. May be giving these a spin.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

They look wonderful. Do you dry fry the spices first?

Anonymous said...

Yummy. I love the colour of your crepes. I've tried making them once, but they turned out very pale white. These definitely look delicious.

Oh for the love of food! said...

These crepes look wonderful, Patricia! I love savoury crepes.
So, you've got a thing for Colin Firth, huh? Great, I can have Hugh Grant all to myself, then! HA!HA!

Amrita said...

Looks very very good!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy savory crepes just as much as sweet ones :) And these sound very yummy...healthy too!

Janet said...

Patricia, these look INCREDIBLE. I make crepes a lot, but I never stray from my tried and true crepe recipe, but I will definitely try my crepes with your filling. Looks so healthy.

Anonymous said...

I love crepes and they are usually done by my better half ;)

Anonymous said...

Let me just join the chorus of "I love crepes!" And these look wonderful, Patricia. Regarding practice making perfect, the general view is that the first pancake [or crepe] should be thrown out, so you did just fine.

So sorry about idiotic Fox! I know that English language television has been one reason your English is so lovely. You still impress me with your witty, charming writing in a non-native tongue.

Abby said...

Those look great! I felt my tastebuds turn on when I saw the pic pop up! Nice.

WokandSpoon said...

For a second there, I thought that this would be a cheesy-creamy type crepe - until I saw that you snuck the curry powder in ;-) Spicy crepes! Lovely!

Anonymous said...

Those look fantastic...and three cheers for healthy! Yummy recipe Patricia.

lululu said...

I've never tried savory crepe. It looks so tasty!!! Bonus for a healthy kick too!!!

Anonymous said...

Your veg crepes in the first pix look so much like those chinese crispy spring rolls. :D
Must have been your savory day :D

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

These look absolutely delicious! Just the kind of thing I like for lunch in the summer. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Just my type of lunch! Love crêpes, savory or sweet! Great ingredients put together.

Cynthia said...

I like crepes because they can be filled with many things.

KJ said...

These look really good. I love crepes. The filling sounds light and delicious.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Karin, that idea is fabulous - I should try it next time I have people over for lunch/dinner! Tks!!

Ellie, healthy and low-fat - the kind of food I need these days!

Kelly-Jane, I'll be posting more light recipes around here, since I'm on a diet. I hope you like them!

Hilda, thank you for visiting! I'm so glad you liked my crepes!

Wendy, you can use regular milk if you want richer crepes.

Mari, I had a laugh with your comment - when I started studying English and started watching movies with subtitles, it was a whole new world to me. And I had memories of people speaking Portuguese from when I was little, it was funny at first. :)

Nora, I'd love to hear your opinion about the recipe.

Susan, I'm glad you like it - I love WHB and haven't participated in a while, so good to be back when you are the host!

Susan, it's a nice thing to eat these and not worry about not having nutrients, etc.
It's so weird to me watching people I love like Robert de Niro and Ralph Fiennes speaking Portuguese... NO way! :)

Eva, you desserts are wonderful and that plum tart has been on my mind ever since I saw it! :)

Tanna, I wish you like them!

Amanda, I do not - I like your idea, will try it next time! Tks!

HungryKat, tks for stopping by!

Carol, it's a deal, I guess! ;)

Amrita, thank you, sweetie!

Joey, me too - crepes are delicious, no matter how!

Janet, this is a low fat recipe and maybe not as rich as the one you use, but I think that the addition of vegetables are a wonderful thing. I really do hope you like them - and thank you for your kind words!

Hi, Cooking Ninja, you are lucky! :)

Terry, I love eating the first crepe, no matter how weird it looks. :D
Watching movies and series in English as a teenager was so important for me to learn the language...
And I'm blushing right now, you are so adorable, my friend! Thank you for the lovely comment.

Abby, thank you! I'm glad they caused such a good reaction on you. :)

Wok and Spoon, thank you! I think that many ingredients would be good combined with the cottage cheese in the filling.

Kristen, thank you, sweetie!

Lu, you should try, then, I think you'll like it!

Tigerfish, it was - and I liked my savory day! :)

Lydia, thank you!

Bea, I'm a sucker for crepes, too. Thank you for commenting.

Cynthia, you've said it all - wonderful because you can use your imagination and create many new recipes.

KJ, it is light and low fat, great for those who need to lose a few pounds (like me!) :)

Anonymous said...

Your crepes look perfect. I love the idea of using cottage cheese for a filling.

Pat said...

Patricia, the crepes look really yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe. And you filling sounds very healthy!

Anonymous said...

These crepes do look good and they sound so healthy too I don't blame you for eating all four of them!

Minik Kus said...

Patricia, these crepes looks great. I'm vegetarian and it is sometimes hard for me to find such delicious recipes. I also liked Broccolini and Cauliflower Souffle. Thank you, I'll add you on my blog list so that I'll come again.

Thistlemoon said...

Those crepes look delicious! I really love using them for all sorts of sweet and savory dishes! We actually have some dessert ones on the menu for this week! Funny thing is I really don't like pancakes, but I love crepes!

Anonymous said...

great crepes...so versatile too...thanks for sharing...

Anh said...

Pat, I have missed your posts when I was away for 2 weeks. And now, what you have here is so wonderful! I really have to get back to my kitchen real soon! *hug hug*

Anonymous said...

Wow! I love this blog. It's so clean and professional looking. You posted very interesting recipes and I am looking forward to trying one of them.

Anonymous said...

mmm, crepes! I haven't had them in forever and you inspired me to work on that soon. thank you!

Mallow said...

I always forget that crepes can be dinner - not just dessert. Those look fabulous!

Helene said...

I love all the veggies in the crepe batter. Sounds great and very healthy!

Lis said...

Now that's a healthy meal that I could thoroughly enjoy, Patricia!

Also.. I love Dexter too!!! hahaha so nice to know you've got a lovely bit of a warped sense of humor like myself. :D

Beautiful crepes!!


Stella said...

I always though crepes tasted a slightly bland but yours with veggies have inspired me now! And you're right, crepes are versatile, so if the curry is too spicy, I'm sure you'd find another perfect substitute.;)

Amy said...

Such beautiful crepes! Even though I love sugar, I love savory crepes, they make a delicious brunch meal.

Anonymous said...

oh my crepes with all the intoxicating stuffings..I can imagine the flavors, yums !:)

Anonymous said...

Wow, how wonderful are these?!?
They look absolutely delicious Patricia - I've copied the recipe down already!

Kalyn Denny said...

Wow, you're an expert at making crepes I'd say. They are just perfect. I can imagine these would taste great, hot or cold.

eatme_delicious said...

yum those look really good! and i love the idea of grating veggies and putting them in the batter. thanks for giving me another healthy meal idea!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Lynn, thank you, sweetie!
I'll try to mix some Nigella seeds next time - I bought them for a recipe that I saw a while ago but haven't used them yet.

Hey, Pat, thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

Veron, I did - I'm a bad, bad girl! :)

Mikik Kus, thank you for your comment and kind words. I hope you have fun around here with my light recipes full of veggies!

Jenn, your dessert crepes sound delicious! I wish I could have a taste. :)

Dilip, tks for stopping by!

Anh, I hope you had a great time on your time off, sweetie! I missed you around here and on your blog, too!

Savory Fan, thank you for your kind and generous comment! I appreciate it and hope you come back and visit me more often!

Celine, these are full of veggies, just the way you like it!

Mallow, it was a delicious lunch and I would make them again!

Helen, thank you! I would exchange them for your delicious sweet crepes. ;)

Lis, I'm glad to hear you like the series, too! I saw the 2nd episode last night and I'm getting more addicted to it! :)

Valentina, I really like cottage cheese and I think I can spice it up in many different ways!

Amy, I love sugar, too, sweetie, and that's a huge problem! :D

Melting Wok, if you like veggies you'll love this! :D

Gilly, I'm glad you did! I would love to hear your opinion, dear!

Kalyn, they are good both ways, you're right!

Hey, Delicious, I was surprised when I read the recipe and really liked the result!

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Dexter--and am impatiently awaiting the next season! So sorry Fox did that!

I would love to taste those fabulous crepes. I've been wanting to whip some up--and now your recipe looks like just the ticket to satisfy my crepe craving.

leonine194 said...

hmmm, those crepes looks delicious!

kickpleat said...

yum! this looks great. i love crepes and don't make them often enough.

Graeme said...

I'm making a list of things to buy for Dinners next week. You just completed my list. Thanks, patricia.

debra said...

I have always been intimidated by crepes. These look so delicious; I think it is time to get over the fear.

Elisa said...

I usually have crepes with nutella. My husband is the one who makes them, but this recipe it's giving crepes a whole new concept! I think I will be brave in the kitchen and prepare this!

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