These Super Spinach Pancakes from Jamie Oliver will be your new go-to brunch
Stacks of goodness.
Every time I arrange to go out for brunch I decide that I'm definitely going to have the pancakes. Every time I sit down in front of a brunch menu, I don't need to read it because I know that I'm DEFINITELY going to have the pancakes. And every time a server asks to take my brunch order... I opt for the scrambled eggs.
It's not that I really think that a plate heaving with bacon is actually any healthier than a maple syrup-soaked stack, but in my mind pancakes are the boldest kind of brunch. And I need to be a good girl. (Well, at breakfast time at least.)
So, this new recipe from Jamie Oliver's latest book, VEG, is set to be the saviour of my Saturdays. They're pancakes but of the healthy variety, and they're are packed with flavour – unlike the usual suspects which only taste like, well, toothache.
Whip 'em up at the weekend – or for a light mid-week meal – plate them pretty and snap their green goodness for Insta before you tuck in.
Super spinach pancakes
Avocado, tomato, cottage cheese, chilli & coriander
1 ripe avocado
350g ripe mixed-colour cherry tomatoes
100g baby spinach
3 spring onions
1⁄2 a bunch of fresh coriander (15g)
extra virgin olive oil
1 large egg
1 mug of self-raising flour
1 mug of semi-skimmed milk olive oil
300g cottage cheese
hot chilli sauce
Halve, destone, peel and finely slice the avocado and quarter the tomatoes, then place in a salad bowl with a quarter of the spinach. Trim, finely slice and add the spring onions and pick in the coriander leaves, then squeeze over the lime juice. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper, toss to coat and put aside.
Crack the egg into a blender, add the flour, milk, remaining spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper, then blitz until smooth. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, rub the pan with a little olive oil, then pour in a thin layer of batter, swirling it up and around the edges. Cook on one side only for 2 minutes, or until lightly golden, then stack up on a serving plate and repeat.
Top each pancake with dollops of cottage cheese, the avocado salad, and a few good shakes of chilli sauce. Really nice served with extra lime wedges for squeezing over, and a fried egg on top, if you fancy.
Instead of spinach you could use a mixture of soft herbs, such as parsley, mint, basil or tarragon – whatever you like!
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VEG by Jamie Oliver, published by Penguin Random House, €26. Food photography by David Loftus. Cover and portrait photography by Paul Stuart.