Recipe: When Life Gives You Scallions, You Make Pancakes!

It was so fun visiting a farm in Mission, B.C. producing some of the tastiest local veggies without any pesticides or synthetic fertIMG_3657ilizers. They had these robust bunches of green scallions that were too hard to pass up for only 2$ a huge bunch! I’m a sucker for farm fresh produce and these were so lush that immediately thought of putting them in some homemade scallion pancakes! These are normally not the healthiest item on a Chinese restaurant’s menu and quite oily but scrumptiously crispy at the same time!  When you make them at home, you can add or take out ingredients to create something that is yummy yet more healthful so you won’t have the guilt with each bite!

IMG_3953 All pancakes inevitably have to begin with some sort of flour…if you are gluten free, the texture of gluten free flours just won’t give you that mouth-feel of wheat flour, but my recipe is packed with more fiber and healthy fats than any regular ones you can find, which unfortunately is not celiac friendly, but it is low in gluten because of the hot water in the dough. I apologize, but I can’t make everybody happy all the time!

Recipe: Oatmeal Scallion Pancakes!  
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Makes 12, 3 inch pancakes

Ingredients for the dough:

2 cups      Unbleached All Purpose Flour and extra for dusting
1/2 cup    Rolled Oats

1/4 cup    Sesame Oil

1 tsp         Himalayan Sea Salt IMG_3948

1 cup        Hot water, right after boiling

Ingredients for the filling:

1/4 cup      Sesame Oil
2 cups       Scallions chopped finely  IMG_3955
1 tsp          Himalayan Sea Salt

1 tsp          Onion powder

Method:

  1. Put all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl or your home dough mixer with dough hook IMG_3950 (1)then add the sesame oil and hot water.
  2. Mix the ingredients together and start kneading it in the bowl. If you are using an electric mixer tIMG_3961his dough will not form like a regular dough as when you use cold water or at room temperature because the hot water denatures most of the proteins inside, making it low in gluten! Allow the machine to knead the dough for about 15 minutes. If you are kneading by hand you can knead the dough on the counter for about 10 -15 minutes and allow it to form a ball when it becomes less sticky. Put some flour onto a clean surface and place the dough ball onto the table.
  3. IMG_3962 Flour your rolling pin and carefully roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick forming a rectangle. Keep turning the dough as you roll to create even thickness across all sides.
  4. Pour the sesame oil onto the surface of thIMG_3963e dough and spread it evenly over the entire surface. I use a basting brush, but you can use your hands or a pastry brush if you like.
  5. Sprinkle on the salt and onion powder evenly over the oiled surface and then spread the scallions onto the dough. IMG_3970
  6. Follow the edges of the rectangle and start rolling the sheet of dough upwards onto itself. IMG_3971
  7. When a log is formed, you want to cut that log into individual 2 inch pieces.
  8. IMG_3973IMG_3975IMG_3976Turn each piece 90 degrees and flatten it down with your palm.
  9. IMG_3977IMG_3978IMG_3979Use a floured rolling pin to help flatten each round a little more to about 1/4 inches.

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10. On the stove, use a flat pan and turn on the burner to medium heat. To decrease the calories, no addition oil is needed for pan frying these pancakes. Once the pan is hot, you can place these flattened pancakes on to the pan and sear each side for 5 minutes or until it gets gold brown. IMG_3984

11. Serve immediate as an appetizer or with your main meal as a side dish. Garnish with some toasted sesame seed and scallion shavings on top. IMG_3988

Give this recipe a try and let me know your thoughts! I always welcome constructive criticism!

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