Monday, May 2, 2011

The Magical Crepe Buffet ~ Part III

Savory Crêpes with Mushroom and Bacon Filling

Parsley-flecked crêpes filled with a bubbling hot mushroom-bacon gravy-like filling and served with roasted asparagus, these were amazing and won the popular choice award of the crêpe buffet, hands-down, but alas, I have no photos. :( Still, worth sharing the recipe.

Ingredients for savory crêpes:

2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
vegetable oil for brushing pan

Ingredients for filling:
6 slices bacon
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced thin (I used portabellos and white button mushrooms)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 bunch asparagus

Make crêpes:
In a bowl whisk together egg, milk, butter, and parsley until combined well. Add flour, salt and pepper and whisk until smooth.

Heat a 6-to-8 inch crepe pan over moderately high heat until hot. Brush pan with oil and heat until hot but not smoking. Remove pan from heat. Stir batter and half fill a 1/4-cup measure with it. Pour batter into pan, tilting and rotating pan quickly to cover bottom with a thin layer of batter, and return any excess to bowl. Return pan to heat and loosen edge of crêpe with a spatula. Cook crêpe until underside is lightly browned. Turn crêpe and lightly brown other side. Transfer crêpe to a plate. Make more crêpes with remaining batter, brushing pan lightly with oil as necessary. (Crêpes may be made 1 day in ahead and chilled, stacked and wrapped well in plastic wrap.)

Make filling:
In a large heavy skillet cook bacon over moderately high heat until crisp and transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet and chop bacon. To fat remaining in skillet add mushrooms and 1 tablespoon butter and sauté over moderately high heat, stirring, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.

Preheat oven to 300°F. Start roasting the asparagus on a cookie sheet.

In a heavy saucepan melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter over moderately high heat and whisk in flour. Cook roux, whisking, 3 minutes. Add milk gradually, whisking constantly, and cook. stirring, occasionally, 5 minutes or until thickened and smooth. Add mushrooms, cream, parsley, bacon, salt and pepper to taste and simmer 10 minutes, or until very thick. Cool filling slightly.

Spread each crêpe with about 1/4 cup filling and fold in quarters, transferring crêpes as filled to an ovenproof platter. Distribute semi-roasted asparagus spears over the filled crêpes. Heat crêpes in oven until heated through and asparagus is cooked tender.


  1. I think you need to open a crepe joint pronto!

  2. I'll second that. I have heard the rave reviews echoing around Muncie.

  3. These look like my new favorite food. (Also? I had /no/ idea what I was asking you to do when I suggested you post late with me... but this magnificence should be shared!!!)

  4. I used this recipe to try making something similar last night for dinner. The crepes turned out great! But I didn't have bacon for the filling. I'm guessing it just wasn't the same. [pines for real, good bacon]