Passover Crêpes

Passover Crêpes | In Jennie's Kitchen

If you’re observing Passover, and not a big meat eater, then right about now you might be pressed for ideas to make your meals interesting. Even if you’re not particularly missing the taste of bread (I’m surprisingly not), wanting something that serves the purpose of constructing a sandwich, in a way matzo simply cannot, is understandable (especially if you’re tasked with packing school lunches like myself).

That’s where these Passover Crêpes come into play. I first made them to take on a little road trip to Long Island on the second day of Passover. Thankfully it occurred to me how challenging eating out would be before packing the kids into the car for a two and a half hour ride to visit my in-laws and grandparent in-laws plots at the cemetery.

This morning, I broke out crêpes, yet again, to make for the girls’ school lunch. I read a recipe this past weekend for crêpes made with only potato starch, to avoid the distinct flavor matzo cake meal adds to a recipe. Personally, I don’t mind it, and while it’s clear we’re observing Passover in our own way, the matzo taste in everything I’ve been making this week is a comforting reminder of why I chose to make Passover so prominent in our lives this year. Of course, I didn’t grow up observing it, so I can also see how some Jewish friends might so over anything matzo at this point.

Regarding how to serve these Passover crêpes, we veer towards the sweeter side, with jam, lemon & sugar, or an organic nutella-like spread we buy at the health food store (you could also make your own using one of these recipes). You could even uses these crêpes with a savory filling like sautéed vegetables or cheese (just omit the vanilla in the batter). I’ve been thinking about layering them into a lasagna, similar to this one Domenica made for Easter.

p.s. I might give the potato starch-only version a try soon just to see if it’s a good, naturally gluten-free way of making crêpes. It’s always fun to find new ways for all of you enjoy the recipes I share here.

Passover Crêpes | In Jennie's Kitchen

Passover Crêpes

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Serves: makes six
In the past vanilla extract has been a controversial ingredient to use during Passover. Truthfully, I'm still not 100% sure from my research, even though there are now some kosher for Passover options on the market. If you prefer to use vanilla bean which as far as I know is not kitniyot, scrape the seeds from ¼ of a bean, and add them to the batter instead of the extract.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup + 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons matzo cake meal (not matzo meal)
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • Fresh lemon wedges, sugar, jam, or chocolate hazelnut spread, to serve

Instructions

  1. Add the egg to a deep bowl, and beat lightly. Add the milk, cake meal, potato starch, salt, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and well mixed. Stir in the butter.
  2. Heat an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high flame. Add a ladle or two of batter, swirl the pan to coat it completely, adding more batter if needed to cover up any air bubbles. Cook until edges are golden and dry, 1 to 2 minutes. Use an offset or rubber spatula to loosen the crepe from the pan, flip, and cook on the remaining side until cooked through, and lightly golden dots appear, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  3. Transfer crepe to a wire rack, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and continue making crepes with the remaining batter. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice & sugar, jam, or chocolate

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