These squash pancakes are made with rich Stilton cheese for a smokey blue flavour.
Butternut squash is a brilliant filling for pancakes. It softens down as it cooks into a velvety texture that is delicious against the crisp edges and almost rubbery middle of a pancake. These are perfect for Shrove Tuesday. Try as a main course for dinner. If you have any batter leftover, you can use it to make sweet pancakes for pudding, too. Here, we have used our really easy, classic pancake recipe as a base - you'll need to make four thin pancakes for the recipe. Use readymade ones if you prefer, though.
- Our pancake recipe
- 400g (14oz) butternut squash
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 100ml (3½fl oz) vegetable stock
- 50g (2oz) watercress
- 50g (2oz) Stilton
- Dice the unpeeled butternut squash and sauté in the olive oil until golden. (You can peel it if you prefer, but there is no need - the skin will soften as it cooks).
- Add the vegetable stock, cover and simmer for 10 mins or until tender. Remove from the heat, drain off the liquid.
- Stir in the roughly chopped watercress and 25g stilton. Season to taste.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Divide the mixture between four pancakes, roll them up and place on an oiled baking sheet.
- Scatter over the rest of the crumbled stilton and bake for 15 mins or until crisp and golden. Serve hot.
Top tips for making squash pancakes
Stilton is a really lovely flavour in this recipe, but if your family are not fans of blue cheese, it's easy to swap it out. Go for something with a bold, strong flavour and a bit of crumble - feta or goat's cheese work well. Otherwise a tangy Lancashire or Wensleydale, or even a vintage mature cheddar.
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Octavia Lillywhite is an award-winning food and lifestyle journalist with over 15 years of experience. With a passion for creating beautiful, tasty family meals that don’t use hundreds of ingredients or anything you have to source from obscure websites, she’s a champion of local and seasonal foods, using up leftovers and composting, which, she maintains, is probably the most important thing we all can do to protect the environment.
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