Friday, December 9, 2011

Matafan - Spice Up your Holiday Breakfast!

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.


  1. Oh, your toppings look fabulous! Now I want more of these :) Have a great weekend!

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your surgery and hospital stay, Christy! I wish you a speedy recovery and am glad that you are back! Your matafan looks delicious and so festive with the cranberries. Take care.

  3. I love your baked potato toppings on these potato pancakes. Great rendition!

  4. Mmm, didn't occur to me to flavour the batter itself. I bet the chives and bacon make the matafan that much more flavourful. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Hope your recovery is going well.
    I used creme fraiche on ours as well - didn't think of bacon & chives (that's a great combo).

  6. Looks great, love the idea of the chives and bacon too. Hope you are
    feeling better this week, and all will be well soon.

  7. I hope you feel better soon! No doubt these little beauties cheered you up. :-)

  8. WOW...I'm impressed that you had surgery and a hospital stay and were up for a post. Your matafan looks so Christmassy...hopefully it cheered you up. Hope you recover quickly and you get back to all your normal life soon. Your photo is beautiful.

  9. I wish I had thought to add something to the batter. What a great idea! I thought these were a little bland on there own...Hope your recovery is going well!


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