When you think of Valentine’s Day, you probably associate it with lots of sweets like candy chocolate. While I do enjoy the occasional sweet treat, I do prefer to eat more savory foods, even on Valentine’s Day.
This year, I wanted to try to make a savory recipe that can easily be adopted and be made sweet if desired. When I was thinking of recipes to make, I was trying to go for dinner recipes and dessert recipes. Both of these were a little difficult to create a recipe with a sweet and savoury version, so I decided to make a breakfast/brunch recipe instead. I think this works out so well because everyone enjoys a delicious breakfast!
Crêpes are an incredibly versatile recipe since they are simple to make, have a relatively neutral flavour, but can be filled with different fillings or toppings. Plus since they’re French and super romantic, I thought this would be the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day!
For my savoury crêpe recipe, I made a Croque Madame Crêpe. This crêpe has eggs, ham, cheese, a little bit of mustard to make it extra French. I love the presentation of the crêpe since it’s a little bit different and outside the box. This crêpe requires a little bit of assembly and some baking time in the oven, but I guarantee that it’s delicious and that you or your loved one(s) will really enjoy this on Valentine’s Day morning…or any time of the year!
For my sweet crêpe recipe, I made a Strawberry Compote Crêpe. Strawberries and chocolate are a classic fillings in crêpes, so I decided to make my own version at home. Plus, you have to have strawberries on Valentine’s Day!
Right now, strawberries are not in season here in British Columbia so I opted to use frozen strawberries for this recipe. They taste just as good as fresh ones and are packed full of flavour. To accent the strawberry flavour, I used some freshly grated lemon zest. You would think something simple like lemon zest would not add that much to recipe, but you can definitely notice a difference if you omit the lemon zest. It’s not as bright and flavorful, so I highly recommend using it!
Let me know in the comments below if you prefer sweet or savoury foods…I’m really curious! I hope you can enjoy either (or both) of these recipes this Valentine’s Day with your special someone!
Recipe: Basic French Crêpes
Servings: 6-8 crêpes
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes
For the Crêpes:
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons salted butter, melted, plus more for frying
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
Combine the milk and water in a large bowl. Add the eggs and butter and mix to combine followed by ½ cup of flour to the bowl. Whisk to incorporate. Add the remaining flour and mix to combine.
Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Use a pastry brush to spread a thin layer of butter evenly across the pan. Add ½ to ¾ cup of the crêpe batter to the pan and swirl the batter evenly across the pan. Place the pan back on the heat and let it cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the bottom has turned golden brown. Flip the crêpe and continue to cook it on the other side for another minute. Repeat for the remaining batter.
Set the crêpes aside on a plate until you are ready to use them.
Add the toppings to your crêpes. Get the rest of the recipes through the links below!