brazilian savory pancakes


PANCAKE – around 6 pancakes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1pinch of salt
  • 1egg
  • 2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
  • 1tablespoon vegetable oil


FILLING – Ground beef with tomato sauce

  • 2tablespoons olive oil
  • 1small onion, finely chopped
  • 2cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2pound ground beef
  • 1/3 cup green olives chopped
  • 1 tomato puree
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste or sauce
  • 1/3cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

FILLING – cheese and ham

  • You can use mozzarella, cheddar, provolone or whatever cheese you prefer, with ham.

You can use a different kinds of savory fillings like: chicken with tomato sauce, spinach ricotta, shrimp, hearts of palm with tomato sauce or white sauce, etc


Step 1 – PANCAKE

  • On a blender put the milk, egg, parmesan cheese and 1 pinch of salt. Start to blend it and adding the flour one bit at a time. After all the flour is added blend it for a couple of minutes until the liquid is uniform. If needed use a spoon to mix any flour that stick to the blender cup.
  • Heat a pan to medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the pancake batter and quickly spread it all to cover the bottom of skillet.
  • Try to make the pancakes as thin as possible. Very similar to the thickness of a French crepe. Turn the pancake to brown the other side.
  • Stack pancakes on a plate.

Step 2 – FILLING – Ground beef with tomato sauce

  • In a medium pan, brown lean ground beef, add onions, garlic, salt and pepper and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Add tomatoes, parsley, olives and let it cook for 8-10 minutes.

Step 3 – building the pancakes

  • Place one pancake on a plate. Add the filling (about 2 tablespoons).
  • Roll it. Repeat until all the pancakes are filled.
  • Place the pancakes side by side, in an oven safe dish spreading some tomato sauce between them so they do not stick to each other.
  • Finish with some tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese on the top.
  • Take it to a preheated oven at 160C for 10 to15min. Checking every 5 min. You need to avoid drying the tomato sauce.
  • Top off with fresh garden herbs such as basil or parsley if you like and serve immediately.

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