Christmas Morning Crepes

Gateau of Crepes

Crepes for a very special Christmas breakfast

This dish is some what time consuming, but Christmas only comes once a year and if you want to make something that will get a lot of ooohs and aaahs and is very delicious as well, this is it.

One thing about most bed and breakfasts, they go out of their way to make fabulous breakfasts, giving "Gourmet" more than just a try! French toast, pancakes & waffles are good ole standbys, as well as omelets, scrambled eggs and quiches. But most innkeepers, tired themselves of making the same dishes over and over and wanting to impress and delight their guests, are eagar to try something different from the usual fare. Like my friend Devona, who frequently makes blueberry Aebleskivers...or Leah, who presents her guests with Lemon Curd French Toast Butterflies, or even myself. Are you up for Croissants au Gratin?

And, you may ask, what about crepes? Few innkeepers make crepes on a regular basis. Although delicious and adaptable to both savory and sweet breakfast entrees, they are quite time consuming, delicate to handle, and not the easiest to make well. However, I came across someone today who made them with ease, while carrying on a continuous conversation with another person. And I watched her very closely to see if I could pick up some of her magic.

Yes, I'm referring to Martha Stewart. She often has a celebrity on during the food segment of her TV show to help her cook up some amazing dish. Today, it was Paul Bettany, the gorgeous British actor (think: the DiVinci Code or A Knight's Tale). He came on to talk about his new movie "Inkheart" and to help her make a wonderful Gateau of Spinach-Gruyere Crepes.

I am definitely going to make it this week-end at my bed and breakfast and thought you too might like to try it too.......So, here's the recipe.

Recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients:
FOR THE BECHAMEL
1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, plus more for sheet
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese (4 ounces)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

FOR THE ASSEMBLY
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
5 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups)
Pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 lemon, for squeezing
12 small Basic Crepes

Directions:
Make the Bechamel: Place onion and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until onion is translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup Gruyere, and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat, add nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper.

Assemble: Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add spinach, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes, and season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Let cool slightly. Squeeze out any excess liquid, and coarsely chop.

Finish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Reserve 2 tablespoons bechamel. Mix remaining bechamel and spinach in a medium bowl. Butter a rimmed baking sheet. Place 1 crepe on center of sheet, and top with 3 tablespoons spinach mixture. Repeat with remaining crepes and spinach mixture, ending with a crepe. Spread reserved bechamel on top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until cheese melts and turns golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer gateau de crepes to a platter. Cut into wedges, and serve warm.


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Yum, this sounds delicious! So hard to keep away from the yummy recipes being shared in Hubpages during the Holidays. Have bookmarked this hub for future reference!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

It does take some time to make, but it's really worth it.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

I made crepes a few times back in high school when I was taking French as our teacher truly wanted us to learn about the culture. Thanks for bringing back the memories.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You're very welcome. If you ever get the urge to make them again...you can freeze them if you want...in stacks, with wax paper in between. They'll keep forever.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

I haven't made crepes in such a while and that reminds me how delicious they are. Thanks for a great recipe to try out soon!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

I haven't made them in a while either. My favorite are dessert crepes. I like a cheesy cream filling with a raspberry coulis over the top. You know they freeze really well. I'm thinking maybe I'll make a stack and freeze them for the holidays.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Oh my! This looks too good to be true! Thanks for this awesome recipe.

Love and peace

Tony


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You're welcome, Tony. Let me know if you make it.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I see from the comments that the crepes can be frozen. This makes quite a difference for such a time consuming recipe. And it looks just beautiful. It's nice to serve something that is special and attractive for the holidays.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Dolores, If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Thanks...Nancy


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

OMG, that bechamel is to die for - I only wish my kids liked spinach. I will try to find a substitute - any suggestions?


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

I'll have to think about it. Actually you really don't taste the spinach with the Bechamel. I am not crazy about spinach either, but I'll eat this or spinach souffle.


Grandma's House 5 years ago

This looks so good! And I'm very happy to hear crepes can be frozen, too. I've never tried stacking crepes like this before either. It's gorgeous looking! Thank you-this is something I will definitely try very soon :)


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Glad you liked the recipe. Let me know how it turns out if you try it


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

A great idea...and a good thing! :)


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Glad you like it.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi alekhouse, this looks delish. Thanks for the recipe.

Voted up on your wonderful hub

John


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alekhouse 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You are very welcome. Thanks for the vote.

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