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July 10, 2008

Buckwheat Crepes with Eggs, Ham and Cheese

Filed under: Breakfast, Holiday, Main Dish — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 1:17 am

I made Crepes about a month ago when I saw this on the Martha Stewart Show. She was doing a breakfast show that day. I was also reading Julie and Julia at the time. I remembered the author talking about how the first crepe you make will look awful but then after that they will be fine. That was pretty much what happened with me! I had never made crepes before but had seen them made in person and on t.v. We didn’t use all the ingredients that the recipe called for. Buckwheat flour is harder to find than I thought, and we just used the deli ham that we had in the refrigerator and we also didn’t have the fancy cheese it calls for, instead we used swiss cheese. These turned out wonderful! Nate and I were quite the team making these. I made the crepes while he assembled them.

The whole time we ate the crepes we both kept saying how wonderful they were. Since it is just the two of us we had leftovers. I put them on plates and put them in the refrigerator for breakfasts. They heated up just fine in the microwave for about a minute.

I don’t have a picture of this one either because again, the camera was on the fritz! Argh!

There is a video in the link below. I would suggest watching it if you’ve never made crepes. Don’t be afraid to turn the crepe with your fingers.

Enjoy!

Buckwheat Crepes with Eggs, Ham and Cheese

source: The Martha Stewart Show

Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 14 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter (4 tablespoons melted), plus more for baking dish
  • 12 thin slices French ham
  • 3/4 pound Gruyere, grated

Directions

  1. Whisk together flours and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a medium bowl. Whisk in 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, and 2 tablespoons melted butter; whisk until smooth. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Remove batter from refrigerator and whisk in remaining 1/4 cup milk.
  3. Place an 8-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon melted butter and use a crumpled-up paper towel to spread evenly. Add a scant 1/4 cup batter and quickly swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.
  4. Cook until edges begin to dry, about 1 minute. Using your fingers or tongs, turn crepe, continue cooking about 15 seconds more; transfer to a plate and keep warm in the oven. Repeat process with remaining melted butter and batter, stacking each crepe on top of one another as you work.
  5. Using a fork or a whisk, blend remaining 12 eggs, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water in a large bowl. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add eggs and begin stirring with a wooden spoon. Slowly drag the spoon around the bottom and sides of the pan until thickened, about 5 minutes. Continue stirring until eggs have formed loose, moist curds, 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat; set aside.
  6. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  7. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; set aside. Place a crepe, dark side down, on work surface. Layer a slice of ham, some of the Gruyere, and about 1/4 cup eggs on top of crepe. Roll crepe and place seam side down in baking dish. Repeat process with remaining crepes. Transfer baking dish to oven and bake for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
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