Prep + Cook Time: 25 min. + chilling | Bake Time: 15 min.| Yields: 8-10 servings

Ham & Cheese Crepes with Asparagus

Brunch, lunch or dinner, these ham crepes are a winner!

Ingredients

2 eggs

1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour

1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder

½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda

¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

2 cups (500 mL) buttermilk

4 tbsp (60 mL) unsalted butter, melted

1 bunch Asparagus (20-25 spears, trimmed)

20 thin slices Maple Leaf Natural Smoked Ham

300g Fontina Cheese, sliced (or white cheddar, mozzarella, swiss cheese)

1 -2 tbsp (15-30 mL) vegetable oil or cooking spray, for cooking

Directions

In a blender, combine eggs, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk and melted butter. Put the lid on your blender and process the mixture until smooth, about 1 minute. Refrigerate for 1 hour (this gives any gluten formed during the mixing process time to relax and allows air bubbles to work their way out).

Heat a lightly greased large non-stick skillet to medium-high heat. Pour 3 tablespoons of the crepe batter into the center of the skillet. Lift and tilt the skillet to evenly coat the bottom (you want the crepes really thin).

Cook until the top of the crepe appears dry (About 45 seconds – 1 minute). Turn the crepe using a spatula and cook the other side for 20 seconds longer until just cooked not crispy (they will have time in the oven to get crispy).

Remove the crepe from the skillet and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing the skillet as needed (I use cooking spray between batches because it’s easy to spray and continue cooking).

When the crepes are cool, stack them with waxed paper or parchment paper in between to avoid sticking together. This recipe yields about 20 five inch crepes. (You can store unused crepe batter in the fridge for a couple of days).

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large skillet, bring 3 inches of water to a boil. Add trimmed asparagus and cover and cook for about 3 minutes or until the asparagus appear bright green.

Drain and immediately place asparagus in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process. Drain and pat them dry.

On each crepe, layer a slice of Maple Leaf Natural Smoked Ham, Fontina cheese slice and one asparagus spear. Roll up the crepe as tightly as you can get it without tearing the crepe and place in a greased casserole dish or a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can refrigerate or even freeze any leftover cooked crepes.

Bake the stuffed crepes uncovered in a preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crepes are heated through.

Serve hot. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to eat them again, simply heat them through in your microwave or oven.

 

Notes:

These look really nice on a simple white dish with the open edge facing up so you can see the ham, asparagus and melted cheese.
If you think a sauce would look nicer on top, I thought about adding a hollandaise sauce on top with chives for garnish.
I didn’t go ahead with that because I wanted this to be a healthier recipe.

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