Friday, September 30, 2011

Whole Wheat Scallion Pancakes


I grew onions in my garden this year.  Well... let me rephrase that.  I tried to grow onions in my garden this year.  They never really "grew".  And then I lost interest, or got busy... or honestly, got fed up with the squirrels terrorizing and feeding off of my garden.  I just don't think I was born with a green thumb whatsoever. 

The only thing I managed to snag from the garden this year, besides an ongoing supply of lettuce, were some early green onions. 

When I buy them from the store, I can never use up the entire bunch.  I'll use a couple for garnish and then forget about the rest of them.  And the same thing was starting to happen with the ones I picked from the garden.  So instead of letting them go to waste, I decided to use a whole bunch in some scallion pancakes.  Something I've always wanted to try to make, but always put on the back burner. 

And I don't know why, because they're so easy and they make a great little snack when paired with a spicy soy sauce!

Ingredients:
Adapted from Kirbie's Craving's Recipe


3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups boiling water
olive oil, for brushing
sesame oil, for brushing
salt, to taste
about 8-12 scallions, chopped

In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat and all purpose flour with the boiling water.  Knead until a pliable dough is formed, adding more flour or water if necessary.

Since I used whole wheat flour, I had to knead for a little bit for my dough to become elastic enough to use - maybe 10-15 minutes?  Of course, a mixer with a dough hook would be useful here, but I keep it old school because I don't have one of those fancy schmancy mixers (until Christmas! My mom spilled the beans and said she was getting us/me one!).

Divide the dough into 8 equal sized pieces.  Roll the dough as thin as you can, without it breaking.

Spread about a tablespoon of olive oil on top of each circle, and then drizzle with a very small amount of sesame oil (a little goes a long way!).  Mix oils together and massage into the dough until covered.  Sprinkle with salt and a good amount of the scallions (remember, you have to do this 7 more times, so don't go too crazy with it!).

Roll the dough into a long rope (Kirbie's Cravings does a great photo tutorial on this, so check it out if you have questions) and then coil the rope into a circle.  Flatting with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thickness - this ensures that the scallions get evenly distributed throughout the pancake.

Repeat this process with remaining pieces of dough.

Heat a nonstick skillet under medium heat and add one pancake.  Cook until golden brown, about 1 & 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Flip over, and cook an additional minute or so.

Repeat with remaining pancakes.

Cut into triangles and serve with a spicy soy sauce (simple soy sauce with red pepper flakes and some grated ginger).

These make a great snack that feed a decent amount of people!  I've even used them as a wrap for Asian-inspired wraps (Bulgogi wraps?!). 


Have a great Friday guys!  I've got my first Culinary Theory class tonight and the lab tomorrow - I'll have a chef's uniform by tomorrow morning!  So exciting!!

42 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for you! I hope you love every minute of it. The pancakes sound delicious, especially with the sesame oil, yum!

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  2. You must be so excited. Love this recipe it sounds delish. Diane

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  3. I have to agree with you that its healthy and we have something similar called cappati, my hubby's fav for his night meal.

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  4. This recipe looks soo good - they are my kind of pancake:-)

    And you are getting your chef's uniform tomorrow? Woot!

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  5. Second time today someone posted a recipe of something I have always wanted to try but just never have. I think the universe is telling me to cook these... right now :-D

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  6. LOVE scallion pancakes and even more imprressed that you grew the onions yourself!

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  7. Ooo great idea for pancakes, these sound delicious!! I love green onions, yummy :)

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  8. Ooh, it looks great!
    I bet it would be great with cottage cheese :)

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  9. At least you got lettuce, too. Our groundhog took care of our lettuce. Love adding scallions for things like savory pancakes. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Looks delicious! Good luck with your class tonight! How exciting! :)

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  11. I absolutely adore scallion pancakes and have never made my own! These look like they came out perfectly. I can't wait to try. I have some scallions in the fridge right now... Good luck tonight!

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  12. Gosh, what a great idea for those extra scallions in the fridge...these must be so delicious dipped in some spiced up soy :)

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  13. These look super tasty! Have you started the countdown to when you get your new mixer at Christmas yet? Happy Days...Theresa

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  14. I've never had a scallion pancake! They look really good and now you have me wanting some!

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  15. "looks great, cant wait to give it a try, handsome hates scallions so i will cut them up super tiny. I once came into the kitchen to find him laying on the floor with a pancake on his face with a hole for the mouth. he was doing shots of syrup...."

    And that's what happens when you let Handsome post comments ;)

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  16. Okay, this is the second awesome-looking scallion pancake recipe I've seen today, so I have no choice but to take it as a sign. It must be scallion pancake time!

    (NB: I'm way into the idea to make a whole-wheat version, so yours wins out. I can't wait to try this tomorrow night to go with my chilled seaweed salad with tofu and shiitakes. Yum!)

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  17. What a GREAT idea! The pancakes are amazing and I love onion....I have the same problem with leftover scallions, too. Awesome solution! Thanks!

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  18. Peggy, this recipe looks like the perfect start to a day. I'll bet the scallions add such a fresh 'pop' to these pancakes.

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  19. Peggy, this look somewhat like S'pore's version of Prata. But yours looks crispy & nice to munch :) Yum!

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  20. Mmm sounds yummy! I love scallions :) I bet these would be awesome with some cheddar cheese.

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  21. I have such an un-green thumb too that I even have to steal some spring onions from my mom's garden! But now I know what to do with the excess scallions, turn them into these gorgeous looking pancakes!

    Good luck with your culinary school adventure ;).

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  22. I have the same problem with buying scallions, and not being able to use it all up! What a great idea to make these scallions! I cannot wait to see a pic of you in your uniform!! AWESOME!!! xoxo =]

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  23. delicious looking stuffed flat bread looks wonderful

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  24. Looks good! :) We call this "Pyaaz Paratha".
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    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

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  26. Goes well with curry... got me craving for it. Good luck in your culinary class :) nice blog.

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  27. What a great way to use up extra green onions! I always have trouble making it through a bunch too.

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  28. Looks very delicious, my favorite pancake. Loves yours with extra scallion.

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  29. I can even feel your excitement!
    The green onion pancakes look very tempting!

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  30. These look delicious! I always make buttermilk pancakes, but these look like a tasty twist:)

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  31. You have made these pancakes perfectly...they look real crisp and yum.

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  32. Love the scallions in there and have to admit, I wouldn't mind squirrels in my garden. That sounds just too cute! What a tasty treat.

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  33. I think I have some scallions waiting to be used up! Such a great idea and I will be making them soon! Look delicious!

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  34. I've never made savoury pancakes before. Actually...I've never made any pancakes that haven't been dripping with a half cup of maple syrup. These sound intriguing!

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  35. These pancakes are beautiful and great for all occasions.

    How's the feeling of putting on a chef's uniform?

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  36. I always let my spring onions for photo shoot garnishes to waste too. I should use them for omelettes or pancakes. I love your site. Your gf-bf shots on top of the the site are absolutely gorgeous.

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  37. This sounds like a paratha and yours look really good , crispy and flaky ,like how it is supposed to be :) .

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  38. thanks for sharing.

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  40. This appears to be like a paratha and yours look really excellent , crunchy and flaky ,like how it is expected to be :) .
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