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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Delicious Hot Crepe Sandwiches

I like to think of these as a fancy take on the all-time favorite grilled cheese.  First, they're in crepes - which means you can automatically fill any extra crepes with dessert fillings.  Second, you can use a wide variety of cheese or meats in them. And lastly, they are a great way to pack in some flavorful greens like spinach or arugula.  Personally, I love the bite arugula adds to these sandwiches.   I whipped them together for a fun brunch we had with friends the other week and they were a huge hit.  They're great with a hot pepper jelly or a flavorful mustard to dip.
Gluten Free Hot Crepe Sandwich
Gluten Free Hot Crepe Sandwiches!  Delicious hot crepe sandwich with hot pepper jelly and cucumbers on the side.

Delicious Hot Sandwich Crepes
Makes 24 10" crepes

Cook up a batch of homemade gluten-free crepes as follows:  

Preheat 10" crepe pan over medium-high heat.  Blend together with a stick blender:
4 eggs
2 cups milk (lactose-free works great)
2/3 cup cold water
3/4 cups cornstarch
3/4 cups arrowroot starch
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon

Add and blend in:

4 Tbsp butter, melted

Butter pan only for 1st crepe.  Pour ~1/4 cup batter into pan, quickly pick up and rotate the pan around so the batter spreads out thinly.

Cook until batter appears dry, then flip crepe.  Cook briefly on the other side.  Each side should be lightly browned.  They cook up quickly, so keep a close eye on things.Put on plate, then repeat.  They can be stacked right on top of one another.  

Prepare fillings: 
cheese, thinly sliced (artisan or flavorful cheeses add great flavor)
ham, turkey or chicken, thinly sliced
baby spinach
fresh arugula

Preheat frying pan over medium heat.  
Place one crepe on pan.  Layer half crepe with:
1. cheese
2. meats
3. spinach and/or arugula
Cooking a Gluten Free Hot Crepe Sandwich
Layer toppings on half the crepe so you can fold in half, then in half again.

Let cook 30 - 60 seconds and then fold empty side of crepe over.   Let cook another 30-45 seconds and (using the spatula to help) fold the crepe in half again.  Cook each side of your crepe sandwich until cheese is thoroughly melted.
Cooking a Gluten Free Hot Crepe SandwichCooking a Gluten Free Hot Crepe Sandwich
Fold in half, cook briefly, then fold in half again.  Cook each side until cheese has melted.
These easy crepe sandwiches are great served with something to dip them in like:
spicy or flavorful mustard
hot pepper jelly

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