Who said pancakes have to be sweet?

Savoury pancake recipe 2

A savoury pancake recipe for Shrove Tuesday 

The name Shrove Tuesday comes from ‘shrive’, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance.  In the past the idea was for families to clear out their cupboards and remove the fattening foods (normally the tempting ones) so they weren’t in their house during Lent. Eggs, milk and sugar weren’t traditionally eaten in fasting season, so needed to be used up beforehand. The actual tradition of mixing them up for pancakes is thought to come from a pagan ritual, but others say it is a Christian tradition – with each ingredient representing one of the four pillars of the faith. Eggs for creation, flour for sustenance, salt for wholesomeness and milk for purity.

We have decided to design a savoury pancake rather than a sweet pancake – just to be different. So put your chocolate spread, caramel sauce, lemons, sugar and Cointreau away and try these!!

Savoury pancake recipe


Potato Pancakes

Makes 12


6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled

1 onion, peeled

1 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons plain flour

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Oil for shallow frying


Using the coarse side of a box grater, grate the potatoes and place them into a sieve or colander over a bowl. Using the finer side of the grater, grate the onion and add it to the potato.  Squeeze out any excess water from the potatoes and onion. Put the onions and potatoes into the bowl. Add the egg, two tablespoons of flour and season with sea salt and pepper, then stir everything together – the mixture should be quite thick.

Heat a little vegetable oil in a large, flat frying pan. Drop three or four mounds of the mixture into the hot oil, and flatten to make small pancakes.

Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, turning once, until golden brown. Transfer the pancakes to a plate lined with a paper towel. Repeat until all the potato mixture is used, adding a little fresh oil if necessary. You can serve the pancakes immediately, or keep them warm, wrapped in tin foil in a warm oven.

Suggested toppings:

Sautéed mushrooms with a fried duck egg on top – as a light supper

Smashed avocado, crispy bacon and fried egg – for breakfast

Smoked salmon with sour cream and chives – antyime

Or you can eat them plain, by yourself, straight from the pan – that way no one will judge you for being greedy or a glutton!!