Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Crepes and a test of WILLPOWER!

Well, it started last week with my own little Food Network star wanting to have a crepe (that is pronounced KRAPE) night. When Madisen gets an idea in her head, she is sooooo focused, determined, strong-willed, nothing-gets-in-her-way, one-track mind, unstopable...anyway, I'm sure you get the point (need you ask where she gets that from?). If it's nothing that will put her in danger, or cost me a small fortune, then I will often let her go for it. Truth is, there was some danger involved. It was my will-power against these oh so delishous crepes. The crepes won. First of all, let me show you the tool that I use for crepes. Available at novelty kitchen stores, or in my case, I got this in Boise, Idaho a few years back at an outlet store. It is a crepe maker and this is how it works:
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First you heat up the crepe maker, then you dip into the batter (make sure you let the batter set in the fridge for a few hours after you make it, very important step). There is a bit of a technique as you dip. I kind of roll the edges in, then make sure the center sits for a few seconds, then lift. When the crepe has cooked for about 15 seconds, it is done. It may not look so done on the top, but it is. Gently take a spatula and life an edge, careful not to rip the crepe. With some practice, you can be an expert crepe maker too :) I found the recipes on Food Network, from the show Good Eats hosted by Alton Brown. There are two recipes here, a dinner type AND a dessert. The dinner recipe has NO sugar, so don't confuse the two. This is before the sauce: This is after the sauce and before they are cooked: This is after they are cooked: (MMMMMMMMM!) The dessert crepes, now here's where the will-power gives way and this is why: Decisions, Decisions!! First off, in my prep work, I made little frozen ice cream logs and wrapped them in foil. It makes it easier, is less messy, and has a nicer presentation. You put your ice cream in the crepe, along with maybe some carmel sauce, or whatever, then roll it up. Then, you put toppings such as fresh cut strawberries or bananas, hot fudge, whip cream -you know, the sky is the limit here. Then you enjoy and repeat! I got the filling for our dinner crepes from Chicken Filling with Mushroom Sauce: 2 cans cream of chicken soup 1 (8 oz.) can sour cream 2 1/2 c. cooked chicken (love Kroger rotissaries) combine half of the first 2 ingredients with the chicken. Reserve the rest. Mushroom Sauce: 2 tbsp. melted butter 1 sm. chopped onion Diced bell pepper to taste reserved soup mixture 1/2 c. cheddar cheese 1 cube chicken bouillon 2 tbsp. water 1 jar sliced mushrooms Line crepes with filling. Roll up and place in pan like enchiladas. Pour sauce over top. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle top with grated cheddar cheese and return to oven for 10 minutes. Bake covered with foil. Enjoy!!


mjenningsdesigns said...

YUMMY! I need a crepe maker for Christmas :-)


CandyandLadybugs said...

That looks awesome! Good thing for me that you don't live so close anymore. I would have had to come over and help you eat those! YUMMY! Especially the dessert ones. YUM!

little miss shortcake said...

the dessert one looks delicious.
our favorite make-you-sick-breakfast are crepes but we call them "french pancakes" - we just top with butter and sugar. yum!
thanks for TWATG - i am totally hooked and can't wait to finish. if my fam wasn't here, i think i would be going into TWATG withdrawals!

Becky said...

Just passing through, cute blog, yummy looking chicken crepes.