Buckwheat Crêpes With Andouille Sausage

Mar 21, 2012 1:01 pm

Make easy French sausage crêpes for dinner

French buckwheat crepe recipe
Photo: Françoise Nicol
With a good non-stick pan, French crêpes are surprisingly easy to make.
 

With a salad and a nice dessert, this makes a perfect Sunday-evening dinner. If you add the stiff egg whites at the end, the batter will be lighter and the crêpes will also be thicker. Use a nonstick skillet in good condition for these crêpes; otherwise you will have to oil it too much to keep them from sticking. 

Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the crêpes
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/3 cup pastry flour
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
3 tablespoons salted butter
For the filling
2 small leeks
splash of olive oil
12 thin slices andouille or other coarse-grained smoked pork sausage
Directions: 
  1. Put 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour and 1/3 cup of pastry flour in a bowl. Mix together and make a well in the center.
  2. Separate the whites and yolks of 2 large eggs and drop the yolks in the well. Mix in, gradually adding 11/2 cups of low fat milk. Cut 3 tablespoons of lightly salted butter into pieces and melt in a small pan until lightly golden. Pour into the batter, beating well as you do so.
  3. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold them gently into the batter, stirring constantly in the same direction so that they don’t collapse. Cover the bowl with a clean dishtowel and leave the batter to rest for 1 hour.
  4. Wash 2 small leeks, cut off the base, remove the green part, take off the outer leaf, and cut them at an angle into slices about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Heat a splash of olive oil in a nonstick sauté pan, add the leeks, season with salt, and sweat for 2 minutes, keeping them crunchy. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and lay them on a plate.
  6. Take the skin off 12 thin slices Andouille de Guéméné or other coarse-grained smoked pork sausage and shred them.
  7. Return the nonstick sauté pan to the heat. When it’s hot, scatter a spoonful of leeks and 3 slices of andouille, and cook for just 20 seconds. Then pour a small ladle of batter and spread it over the whole surface of the pan. Cook until the edges of the crêpe begin to color, then flip or turn it with a spatula and cook the other side for approximately 1 minute.
  8. Lay the crêpe on a plate and keep warm. Cook the other three crêpes in the same way.
Level of Difficulty: 
Easy
Prep Time: 
1 hour, 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes
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