Friday, April 26, 2013
FFWD Swiss Chard Pancakes
I probably should have read through the ingredients more carefully and really tried to imagine these when I was planning my menu for the week. I trusted Dorie when she said that this made eight main course servings, and only needed a salad as an accompaniment. I was talking to my mom when I was making them and she also didn't think they sounded like a main course. She asked if I was serving them alongside grilled fish, which actually would have been a good idea. I told my mom the book said they were a main course and I was sticking to it. After Paul had a couple of bites, I had to start reading aloud the part of the book that insisted these were a main course. I told him they were called farcous in French, and he made some terrible joke about someone playing a "farce on you." He also asked where the sauce was, so I read him aloud the part that specifically said a sauce might be a good idea if you were serving these as an hors d'oeuvre, but made no mention of a sauce if you were serving these as a main course.
Well, we didn't think these were substantial enough for a main course, and we also thought they definitely needed a sauce or something. They tasted fine, but weren't anything special and we were both pretty hungry afterward. This recipe also touched on one of my culinary pet peeves. I am happy to "add salt and pepper to taste" when it's something that I'm willing to taste, but I can't stand when recipes for things you really don't want to taste raw--like hamburgers or pancakes--call for adding salt to taste. I had no clue how much to add, and didn't want to taste the raw batter to find out. I ended up putting what seemed like a lot (I didn't really measure but it was probably at least a teaspoon), and these tasted totally flat to me. Paul said they weren't that bad, but they definitely could have used more salt. These weren't too hard to make and would be a perfectly fine side dish, but I really doubt I'll be pulling out this recipe again. Oh well, at least I liked everything else we made in April...On to May!