Weekend breakfasts can be hard to get right. Smoothies are healthy, but can leave you feeling a little underwhelmed. A big stack of pancakes satisfies—but can also feel like a gut bomb. You need to strike a balance.
These savory, crispy pancakes—made with chickpeas, squash, and leeks—are light, flavorful, and just right.
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium leek,white and pale-green parts only
chopped 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated peeled squash (such as butternut or kabocha)
3/4 cup chickpea flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup
coarsely chopped fresh parsley
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high.
Add leek, season with kosher salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until leek is softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes.
Add squash and season again.
Cook, stirring often, until squash is cooked through and softened, about 4 minutes.
Transfer vegetables to a plate and let cool.
Wipe out skillet and reserve. Meanwhile, whisk chickpea flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl; season with pepper and let sit 5 minutes for flour to hydrate.
Stir vegetables into batter just to coat.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in reserved skillet over medium-high. Add batter by the 1/4-cupful to make 4 pancakes, gently flattening to about 1/4" thick. Batter should spread easily—if it doesn't, thin with a little water.
Cook until bottoms are lightly browned and bubbles form on top, about 4 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip pancakes over and cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and tent with a sheet of foil to keep warm.
Repeat with another 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and remaining batter. Serve pancakes topped with yogurt, parsley, sea salt, and pepper.
Weekday pancakes sound like a stretch? Make the batter Sunday evening and start the week strong. Let us know in the comment section if you have tried this and how did you like it :)
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