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Hungarian Savory Pancakes Recipe - Palacsinta

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Palascsinta are so thin, you can see through them.

Palascsinta are so thin, you can see through them.

© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

Hungarian savory palacsinta are paper-thin pancakes served rolled or folded into triangles with savory fillings like scrambled eggs and mushrooms, creamed meats, seafood and vegetables.

Palacsinta can be served as a main course, appetizer, brunch or luncheon dish.

Palacsinta are similar to French crepes, Polish nalesniki and Croatian / Serbian palachinke among others. See this sweet palacsinta recipe for sweet fillings. When they are stacked to form a cake, it is called rakott palacsinta.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 Hungarian palacsinta

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup club soda
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preparation:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, club soda and water. Stir in flour, sugar, salt and vanilla to form a smooth batter.

  2. Heat a teaspoon butter in an 8-inch skillet. Use small ladle to add enough batter to coat bottom of pan in a thin, even layer, rotating pan as needed to cover. See these step-by-step crepe-making instructions.

  3. Cook for 2 minutes on the first side and 1 1/2 minutes on the second side or until the pancake is lightly browned. Remove and keep warm. Repeat with remaining butter and batter.

  4. Fill with your choice of scrambled eggs with mushrooms, creamed meats, seafood or vegetables. Roll or fold into a triangle and garnish with savory sauce of choice and a sprinkle of chopped chives, if desired.

  5. They also can be formed into a "beggar's purse" to resemble a tiny money bag and tied with a blanched chive.

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