ffwD: Swiss Chard Mini Pancakes


Ever since I’ve been on a green-smoothie-for-breakfast kick, I’ve been eager to try recipes that incorporate leafy greens in a blended way. These Swiss chard mini pancakes were perfect for that, plus they were extremely quick to make considering that I had to rush home Thursday evening to watch the NFL Draft!

These pancakes were quirky, green and tasty, though I may have been heavy handed with the garlic. And even with the Swiss chard, these pancakes reminded me of the buckwheat blinis we made awhile back. So, I can only believe that they would also taste good with smoked salmon on top especially since I served my green pancakes with sour cream. However, the pancakes were pretty dense due to lack of baking powder in the batter (unless I somehow overlooked it). I may try adding it next time to see if it lightens them a bit.

These Swiss chard mini pancakes made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


66 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Promenade Claire
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 06:27:06

    I still have plenty of Swiss Chard on the allotment, I was going to make a quiche but I can use the still growing spinach to make pancakes too! Thanks for the inspiration

  2. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 06:29:06

    Adding some baking powder is a good idea. Nice colors!

  3. Tina Evans
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 06:57:04

    These look so gorgeous!

  4. hotlyspiced
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:00:34

    What a gorgeous colour these are. Love the stack. xx

  5. Cher
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:12:34

    Baking powder = yes!!!!
    I like your stack of cakes πŸ™‚

  6. Arthur in the Garden!
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:26:40

    OMG! I love it! I will have to try these!

  7. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:41:14

    You make the most wonderful food. I’m doing my best to get past that pancakes are not green. πŸ™‚

  8. Food,Photography & France
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:41:15

    Very funky looking pancakes. I like the layered cake look.

  9. Mary Hirsch
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 07:42:56

    You’re right (lightbulb moment), baking powder, just a dash, may have lightened these up a bit. I doubled down on the chard and just thought they were dense because of that (which still might be true). They reminded me of blinis also. Honestly, I think any non-sweet topping would be great with these gems.

  10. Sara
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 08:01:17

    I made mine with spinach, and I really enjoyed them. Mine didn’t turn out too dense; they were just nice little pancakes! Would definitely make them again. I love that vivid green color yours have!

  11. Anne Marie
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 08:01:21

    I liked the denseness, something to chew on.

  12. herbirthmarks
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 08:05:23

    Looks delicious!!

  13. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 08:05:45

    Beautiful little stack!

  14. Liz
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 11:44:30

    Yeah, maybe I would have liked them better topped with salmon. Yours are gorgeous…such a vibrant green! I came home late last night to find my daughter watching the NFL draft, too πŸ™‚

  15. loavesandstitches
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 11:47:50

    I was on the fence about making this since most people in our house dislike chard, but they look good! I like the idea of serving it with smoked salmon.

  16. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 11:54:55

    They look so good, I love the color!!

  17. oneexpatslife
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 12:06:51

    Yours look very tasty. I really wanted to like them. Maybe I’ll try them again at some point with less oil (I thought the amount in the recipe looked like too much).

  18. MarkD60
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 12:35:28

    Did you use syrup? pancakes aren’t pancakes without maple syrup.
    Did you say Garlic? I dunno about this one..

  19. eatgreatbegreat
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 13:33:07

    These mini pancakes sound quite intriguing! I need to try them out!

  20. Choc Chip Uru
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:12:14

    Your pancake stack looks awesome πŸ˜€


  21. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:36:51

    What an amazing color! And what a creative way to use Swiss chard! Love it πŸ™‚

  22. jora
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:39:03

    I found these kind of dense too. I do like the idea of serving them with sour cream!

  23. Alison
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 15:49:09

    These look so good!!

  24. Amanda
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 16:07:34

    These look interesting! I might have to try them.

  25. Cakelaw
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 16:59:55

    Glad you enjoyed these. They are a great way to incorporate chard into your diet.

  26. Diane (@SimpleLivingEat)
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 18:49:27

    Yes, they were a bit dense… definitely baking powder. I wonder what buttermilk would do?

  27. bakeawaywithme.com
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 19:01:26

    Such a beautiful vibrant color…they look delicious!

  28. SandraM
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 19:19:57

    Those pancakes look awesome. Love the green!

  29. Alice
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 19:21:03

    looks like a great St. Patty’s day recipe! πŸ™‚ I’ve still got to try it out! πŸ™‚

  30. Ronda
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 20:18:08

    I hate it when I miss an ingredient. I am glad that they worked out well anyway.

  31. Three Well Beings
    Apr 26, 2013 @ 23:50:04

    I like to have breakfast for dinner periodically…seems like these would be a very good option! At first I wasn’t too sure…but the more I think about it, very interesting! πŸ™‚

  32. thebestdressup
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 00:05:07

    ciao! just delicious. i will try the pancakes with smoked salmon and creme fraiche .

  33. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 01:33:39

    You guys have so much fun of French Fridays with Dorie.

  34. d'liteful cravings
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 02:52:37

    I just bought a bag of swiss chard! Guess what I’ll be making! That colour is amazing!!

  35. Tandy
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 04:50:18

    Please report back when you make them again!

  36. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 07:00:28

    Your little stack of pancakes is so cute πŸ™‚

  37. The Sketched Chef
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 08:44:54

    How cute !
    I bet they taste really great πŸ™‚

  38. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 11:17:04

    I thought I’d used up the last of my chard in the garden, but it has replenished itself once again and this looks like a great way to use it!

  39. Amelia
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 11:19:20

    Oh.. my… your mini mountain high pancake look so scrumptious and very pretty.
    Wish I can join you. πŸ™‚
    Have a nice weekend.

  40. cecilia
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 13:58:49

    I love anything with swiss chard in it.. these look grand! c

  41. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 14:38:59

    wow! what a creative use for swiss chard! Now I think I could actually eat it more often! πŸ™‚

  42. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 15:27:20

    i think there someting fancy about staging food…
    lovely healthy and beauty veggies pancake, this is really new for me……

  43. Inger Wilkerson
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 17:41:23

    They certainly are green! I’ll bet smoked salmon would be a great accompaniment!

  44. Betsy
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 20:13:59

    Your pile of green looks delicious. I agree that lightening them would be nice

  45. rebeccasubbiah
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 21:58:25

    these are fun love the color and healthy

  46. saucygander
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 04:20:25

    Great photo, they look tasty and healthy!!

  47. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 09:14:50

    These are so pretty! Now I need to go buy some swiss chard:)

  48. Garden Correspondent
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 12:50:01

    These look amazing. I wonder if my kids would eat them for the sheer novelty of it…

  49. Beth
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 17:46:21

    What a lovely combination! They look great.

  50. Jenn and Seth
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 20:02:06

    such a creative idea for swiss chard!

  51. Mary
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 20:07:19

    Beautiful color! what a great use for swiss chard! although I think I may have to eat them for dinner not breakfast!
    Mary x

  52. sara
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 22:32:30

    Yum! Love the idea of savory pancakes, and the color is fun!

  53. moderngirlnutrition
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 22:51:33

    Cool recipe! These should be included along with Green Eggs and Ham hehe

  54. Raymund
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 03:41:21

    Wow the green colour in that pancake is vibrant!

  55. Gloria - My Pretty Paris
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 04:43:33

    This looks so good!!!! The colours are just stunning!

  56. Scrambled Megs
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 08:32:00

    these guys look wonderful! i love chard!!!!!

  57. Audrey Allure
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:04:27

    Looks interesting and sounds delicious!

  58. Amy of A Couple in the Kitchen
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:39:44

    Love the color in that cute little stack o’ cakes!

  59. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 13:37:34

    I just had to look up swiss chard to figure out what it was. They look good!

  60. Juliana
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 16:11:00

    These pancakes look gorgeous…I love the color!
    Have a great week πŸ™‚

  61. Ameena
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 22:26:58

    What a unique pancake…they look delicious. I’ve never cooked with swiss chard before!

  62. Katerina
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 04:50:22

    I could devour this green stack of pancakes in a minute!

  63. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 15:45:00

    Sounds and looks very promising. I like your idea of adding some baking powder. I think that would do the trick. I am on a green smoothie kick myself.

  64. Balvinder
    May 01, 2013 @ 17:59:27

    I need to try these, they look good with swiss chard.

  65. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    May 02, 2013 @ 08:05:10

    I need to steal this recipe, ok I won’t still it, I’ll just make it. I like green in my breakfast as well. I made crepes with pesto once and it was amazing. This mini pancakes have to be delicious as well.

  66. Tammy
    May 07, 2013 @ 21:46:45


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