|Matafan Pancakes with Bacon, Chives, Creme Fraiche & Potato|
If you are looking for a way to spice up your holidays this year, Matafan may be the perfect start. Matafan is a pancake/blini combo that can serve as the base for many great toppings, and is neutral enough in flavor that you can season the pancake batter however you desire.
|Potatoes bake on a salt bed to absorb moisture|
|Fluffy potatoes - the result of a ricer|
It is a fairly easy dish to prepare, but needs a little advance planning since the potatoes bake for two hours. However, I bet you can get the same result from using leftover mashed potatoes, thus streamlining the process quite a bit.
We used the batter in two ways: sticking with the original recipe for half a batch and then spicing up the other half with chives and bacon. My personal favorite was the chive and bacon batter.
To serve we garnished with fresh bacon bits, chives, and crème fraiche.
|Matafan - A Festive Holiday Breakfast!|
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time by either preparing the batter and letting it set overnight to make fresh matafan in the morning, maybe with a little bacon and eggs, or by freezing to keep on hand for unexpected guests, or as an addition to a light lunch of soup or salad.
To read more French Friday with Dorie Experiences on Matafan:
Matafan is found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan on pages 356-357.