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Sneaky Vegetable Pancakes

I'm just going to con­fess right off the top that Esme did not like this din­ner. In fact, I had to coerce her to even put a speck of pan­cake in her mouth. She announced it was "too spicy" and would not eat another bite. And I really thought I had a win­ner here. Veg­etable pan­cakes — if a craftier way of get­ting kids to eat veg­gies has been invented, I've never heard of it. And they were, despite my daughter's protests, not spicy and very tasty. Ben thought they were great and I'm sure he wasn't just say­ing it to save my feel­ings. Again, it's one of those recipes that can be tweaked to suit what you've got handy, doc­tored up with dif­fer­ent spices and served with sour cream or yogurt based dips.

Sneaky Veg­etable Pancakes

1 cup grated zuc­chini
1 cup grated car­rot
1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn
1/2 onion grated
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der
1/2 tea­spoon salt
pinch of pep­per
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup grated parmesan


Grate the zuc­chini first and let it drain for at least 15 min­utes. Place it in a sieve over a bowl and press down on it sev­eral times to help the liq­uid drain.

While you're wait­ing, grate the car­rots and onion. I won't lie, grat­ing an onion isn't fun, how­ever you really need to do it. You don't want pieces of onion in your pan­cakes as they cook so briefly. I did this in the after­noon and put it all in the fridge (in plas­tic wrap) until I was ready to assem­ble. The corn was a last minute inspi­ra­tion and so it didn't make into the shot!

Mix the dry ingre­di­ents, includ­ing the cheese, together in a bowl. To your veg­eta­bles add the milk and a whisked egg. Com­bine the two bowls.

Heat a lightly oiled pan to medium. Spoon the bat­ter onto the pan with a dessert spoon, tap­ping down the sur­face to flat­ten them. They will be quite small, maybe 2 inches across. Cook for about 4 min­utes a side until they are quite brown. They're quite soft, don't flip too many times or they will fall apart. Serve with a lit­tle dol­lop of what­ever you like, yogurt, sour cream or a dip. If I'd had chives I would have gar­nished with them! We had these as a side to grilled sausages but would also be good with a crisp salad for lunch. While Esme was not won over by these lit­tle babies, Julian loved them. I put a few pieces on his high chair try and he was in heaven mash­ing them in his fists and gum­ming them down with gusto.



  1. Meredyth Young says:

    These sound really good!That Julian The Stom­ach liked them, is nei­ther here nor there :)
    Finally, some­thing more inter­est­ing to do with cab­bage than make salad or soup!

  2. […] love the idea of using Sneaky Veg­etable Pan­cakes as a side, some­thing that’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent but so much […]

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