Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Butternut Squash Crepes with Salsa Verde

My mom and I made this recipe after Christmas both because it looked delicious and also to use up some leftovers. You can use whatever fillings you wish or have on hand; everyone in the family chose a different combination of fillings from the recipe below! I liked the crepes with butternut squash, bacon, and onion. These were yummy and quite filling along with some fruits and veggies on the side. The crepe batter cooked up beautifully and the resulting crepes were sturdy enough to hold dinner fillings without tearing.

Butternut Squash Crepes with Salsa Verde (adapted from Bon Appetit)
Serves 4 (about 3 crepes apiece)

1/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk (I used 2 %)
6 T water
pinch salt
1 cup flour

5 slices bacon
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, diced
1 tsp dried sage
1/2 butternut squash, roasted, peeled, and diced
Leftover cooked turkey, diced
Juice of 1 lemon
Sour cream

Salsa verde
1/2 cup parsley
1/4 cup fresh mint
1/4 cup fresh tarragon
3 T chopped shallots
1/3 cup olive oil

1. Make the crepe batter: Brown the butter in a skillet. Set aside to cool slightly. Blend eggs, milk, water, and salt in a blender. Add the flour 1/4 cup at a time, blending until smooth after each addition and scraping down the sides as needed. Blend in 2 T browned butter, reserving the remaining butter. Blend in more milk as needed to reach the consistency of thick cream. Let sit at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. Blend 5 seconds before cooking.
2. Cook the crepes: Heat a non-stick skillet (about 10-inch diameter) over medium-high heat. Brush with reserved butter (you may need to remelt it first). Add a scant 1/4 cup of the batter, shaking and rotating skillet to get a round-ish crepe. For me, the crepes didn't reach the edges of the pan...just tilt it to spread out the crepes as thin as they will get. Cook until brown on the bottom, and then flip with a flexible spatula and cook the other side until brown in spots. Turn out onto a plate and repeat to make the remaining crepes. You can stack the crepes right on top of one another.
3. Make the filling: Cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside and crumble when cool. Cook the onions in the bacon fat until soft and browned. Off the heat, stir in the rosemary and sage. Squeeze lemon juice over the onions and the butternut squash.
4. Fill the crepes: Lay out a crepe on your work surface. With a spoon, spread a thin layer of sour cream down the middle of the crepe. Fill with your choice of fillings. We made bacon-onion-turkey, bacon-onion-butternut squash, butternut squash-onion, and butternut squash-turkey crepes, and all were much enjoyed! Fold the crepe in thirds and place in a greased baking pan, seam side down. Repeat with remaining crepes.
5. Bake the crepes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes or until warmed through.
6. Meanwhile, make the salsa verde. Place everything except the oil into a food processor and pulse to finely chop. Stream in the oil with the food processor on and process until a coarse sauce forms.

1 comment:

  1. Hi!

    This looks really delicious. I am not much of a cook though and I think I would enjoy eating it more then creating it. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!