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Friday, July 19, 2013

Panquecas (Brazilian Savory Pancakes)

Brazilian Panquecas are much more like a crepe than a pancake. The batter is very airy and it's cooked thin. The filling is usually savory, my favorites are: hearts of palm, chicken and four cheese. I apologize in advance for my blurry pictures, I was cooking with two little helpers, so taking pictures was challenging at times.

Here is what you'll need for the filling:

- 2 cans of hearts of palm (you can find them in a glass jar at Trader Joe's)
- 1 small onion (or half of a big one like I had)
- 2 tomatoes, garlic (we are garlic lovers, so we use a lot of it, if you don't love it as much, just reduce the amount)
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- salt and pepper to taste.

Give the hearts of palm a rough chop. Also grate the garlic and chop the onion and tomatoes.

Put the vegetable oil, garlic and onions in a pan and sauté them, then add the hearts of palm and tomatoes (I ended up also adding some parsley, I like the flavor and color). Cook over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, until everything looks soft.

For the batter:

- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- a dash of salt

Mix the eggs, milk and oil in the blender for a few seconds and slowly add the flour and salt. Your batter is ready!

Spray your pan with cooking spray, it should be hot, but not smoking. Pour about 1/4 cup and move it around to spread the batter evenly. Watch it because it cooks fast, turn and cook the other side. Repeat several times. I ended up with 8.

Put your filling and roll it.

Top with red or white sauce and a little cheese.



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