Alright Typsy tribe – it’s mid-February, and we know what that means: loosen your belts, turn off your phone and maybe bring out a blanket to shame-eat under… because Pancake Day is here!
Also known by Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, Pancake Day is celebrated across the world as the one day of the year when it’s socially acceptable to eat pancakes for every meal. With these recipes, you're going to want to!
Albania – Flija
A local favorite, this is a layered pancake traditionally slow-baked in a barbecue. Best served with honey or Greek yogurt.
Bhutan – Buckwheat Pancake
In Bhutanese tradition, these pancakes can be ‘read’ while cooking – if a mark appears, it means you’re about to welcome guests! These slightly bitter flat pancakes can be made salty or sweet – try serving with salted butter or ricotta.
China – Jian Bing
Jian Bing are typically served as a side to a main dish, and can also be filled and rolled up. Favorite accompaniments include spiced shredded potato, pulled pork, or stir-fried noodles.
Denmark – Æbleskiver
These Danish favorites are somewhere between a pancake and a donut. Serve sweet and filled with jam or stewed fruit.
Ethiopia – Injera
Injera is a sourdough flatbread, usually served savory. The combination of Injera with Doro Wat, a traditional Ethiopian chicken stew, constitutes Ethiopia’s national dish. Its main ingredient, teff flour, is one of the oldest domesticated grains in the world!
France – Crepes
Okay, so chances are you’ve heard of crepes. But come on. How could we not?
Greece – Tiganites
These sweet pancakes, traditionally poured over with honey, were packed into satchels of fruit pickers during the olive season in Greece. These pancakes are designed to be shared. Make a large batch and serve as a treat to enjoy with friends and family.
Hungary – Palacsinta
Similar to French crepes, these sweet pancakes are best served with apricot jam and walnuts for a twist on a favorite.
India – Thalipeeth
Packed with veggies, spices and whole flours, these pancakes serve a punch of flavor and also make a great side dish. To bring out the complex flavors, try spreading a traditional Indian pickle on top.
Japan – Okonomiyaki
Sometimes called ‘Japanese pizza’, these cabbage pancakes are all things in one – pancake, main meal, bacon delivery system. Enjoy as they are, because what else could you need?
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