Savory Vegetable Pancakes

by Cate on September 29, 2009

Savory Vegetable Pancakes

I first spied this recipe in a special issue of Fine Cooking magazine from, um, 2006.  Yes, it’s taken me a bit to get to making them for the first time, but I have alot of recipe clippings and things sometimes get buried quickly.  I didn’t have high hopes for the kids scoffing these down, but I figured that, worst case, I could eat them with my dinner, and then reheat them for lunch during the week. I needn’t have worried. Nick decided he could live with them if he ate a bite of the vegetable pancake with a bite of chicken. I could live with that too. Madeline? Well, that little monkey eats just about everything, including these.

They were a snap to make, and perhaps most importantly, are very forgiving.  I might have made an oops or two or three during the recipe, while trying to pay attention to the kids, the dog, the ringing phone and goodness knows what else at the time, but still managed to produce a delicious end result.  Completely packed with vegetables, they are light on filler and fat, but full on flavor.  This recipe would be a great way to use up dregs of vegetables you have in your refrigerator, and perfect for a side dish at dinner or a filling lunch.  Dregs, dinner or lunch, I can guarantee I’ll be making this one again.

Savory Vegetable Pancakes
Recipe courtesy of Fine Cooking magazine

Yields approximately six pancakes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced (about 1 cup)
1/4 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into small dice
1 cup coarsely grated carrots (from about 2-medium carrots)
1/4 cup finely chopped celery (from about 1/2 rib)
1 packed cup baby spinach (about 2-1/4 oz.), chopped
2 large eggs
1/2 cup fresh white breadcrumbs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black-pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Sour cream, chopped tomato, and fresh cilantro for garnish

In a medium sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the onion, green pepper, carrots, and celery until slightly tender, about 4 minutes. Add the spinach and sauté for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the breadcrumbs. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well. Season with 3/4-tsp. salt and 3 or 4 grinds black pepper, and refrigerate for 5 minutes to let the batter firm up.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Working in two batches (three pancakes at a time), use a 1/4-cup measure to transfer the batter to the sauté pan, pressing down on the mixture to form cakes about 4-1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch thick. Sauté until golden on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels, repeat with the remaining batter, and serve with the sour cream, chopped tomato, and cilantro.

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Megan September 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I just bookmarked this! Looks like the perfect dinner to make for myself when my vegetable-fearing boyfriend is not around!


Heather September 29, 2009 at 10:24 pm

wow! those look crispy, crunchy and AMAZING!


mandy September 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I am always looking for a good recipe to use up the leftover veggies in the fridge before they go bad. This sounds really good, I’m looking forward to trying them.


Darina September 30, 2009 at 12:20 am

I’ve been living on these for a couple of months now. Great way to up your vegetable intake. My favorite way to use up a zucchini.


Joanne September 30, 2009 at 6:13 am

These look so yummy! I have this weird predilection for things in patty form, however. These are like veggie latkes in a sense, so I bet they would go great with some applesauce!


Donna September 30, 2009 at 6:48 am

how gorgeous are these!! love them, perfect just for me!


Sarah Caron September 30, 2009 at 7:54 am

I heart you. One of my few secret frozen food loves is the vegetable patty things from Trader Joes and these look and sound just like them — except homemade. I cannot wait to try making these.


ASHLEA September 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

These look so good! I will definitely have to try this one!


Patsy September 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

These would be a fun addition to the potato latkes I make for Hanukkah!


Tyanne September 30, 2009 at 1:06 pm

HMM…. Yummy. Will be making these soon.


Ramona September 30, 2009 at 1:21 pm

They look good. Glad the kids will try most things.



peabody September 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Oh, these look good. And frying makes everything edible.


Cate September 30, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Peabody – ain’t that the truth!

Ramona – house rule, gotta try everything once. :)

Tyanne and Ashlea – you’ll love them!

Patsy – absolutely! they would be perfect alongside some latkes, a little applesauce, perfect.

Sarah – I know exactly the ones you mean. Hadn’t thought of it before you mentioned it, but very, very similar, and a little less oily, so even better. :)

Joanne – I bet you could put them in a square baking pan, bake them and then cut them into squares to take them out of the patty shape. :)

Donna – good way to offset all your wonderful desserts!

Darina – you’re right, zucchini would be perfect in these, and I have a lonely one on the counter that needs to be cooked asap.

Mandy – great way to clean out the fridge!

Heather – so good and so easy – a winning combination.

Megan – exactly. Made a nice lunch today when reheated.


sara October 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm



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