Pea and Scallion Cottage Cheese Pancakes


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Here’s a great savory recipe for pancakes from April 2013 Bon Appetit issue. It has high protein content (hello, eggs and cottage cheese) and only 1/4 cup flour. Plus, the green veg is rich in vitamin C and other health-benefiting vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. The batter is wonderfully creamy, and the pancakes are light and delicious.

I went easy on butter and served my pancakes with Greek yogurt. I imagine these would also be great as an appetizer, topped with sour cream and caviar/smoked salmon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shelled fresh peas (from about 1 pound pods) or frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil plus more for skillet
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted (I used A LOT less)

Preparation:

If using fresh peas, cook in a small saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 3 minutes (if using frozen peas, do not cook).  Drain.

Purée eggs, cottage cheese, flour, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1  teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer batter to a medium bowl and  stir in peas and 4 scallions. (Batter should be thick but pourable; stir in  water by tablespoonfuls if too thick).

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Heat a lightly oiled large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Working in batches, add batter to skillet by 1/4-cupfuls, spreading out to 3-inch-4-inch rounds with a spoon. Cook pancakes until bubbles form on top,  about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until pancakes are browned on bottom and the centers are just cooked through, about 2 minutes longer.

Serve pancakes drizzled with butter and topped with scallions. Or you can serve them Russian-style, with sour cream (or Greek yogurt) and red caviar.

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4 thoughts on “Pea and Scallion Cottage Cheese Pancakes

  1. Did you finish all the pancakes in the photo? Sure, eggs/cheese etc contribute protein but I think the amount of protein also depends on how much we eat:) With that plateful of pancakes, you would get lot of protein and minerals, and if you top it with some steak, even more protein:)

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