CHILLI & FENNEL PANCAKES WITH TZATZIKI WITH HIDDEN VALLEYMonday, November 30, 2015
Christmas, in my family has long since been associated with a procession of delicious plates of bite size food. It’s one of the things I miss dearly about living so far away from my Mum’s house at Christmas (8 hours on a flight to be precise!)
I will admit that the idea of spending hours slaving over a hot stove whilst my guest sip merrily behind me is also not idea so party food that we can prep ahead wins every time. The recipe below fulfils my essential party food criteria: easy, fast to prepare when you need it and delicious.
I was sent some of Hidden Valley’s Tzatziki to try in my kitchen. I am always dubious of things in bottles, but this stuff is pretty darn delicious. It tastes rich, creamy and bright just as Tzatziki should do. It’s the perfect thing to have in your fridge and the perfect shortcut when the party is calling and the guests need feeding!
CHILLI & FENNEL PANCAKES WITH TZATZIKIWHAT YOU NEED
- 100g flour (You can use gluten free flour. I used Spelt Flour and added a little extra water to make it looser as this flour likes to suck up liquid)
- 1 egg
- 150ml plain Greek yogurt
- 1 green and 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 bunch spring onions, finely sliced
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- Salt and Pepper
For the tzatziki
- 75ml Hidden Valley Tzatziki Dressing
- 10cm cucumber, deseeded and grated
- 10 x Kalamata olives, de-pitted and chopped roughly (TIP: I smash the olives with the base of a pan and then the pits are easy to remove)
WHAT YOU DO
- Beat the flour, egg, yogurt and 2 tbsp. water together in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the chillies, spring onions, fennel and season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until required.
- To make the tzatziki: dry the cucumber and olives a little by pressing them between some kitchen roll gently. Stir the olives and cumber with the Hidden Valley Tzatziki.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan and fry tablespoon dollops of the batter for 1 min on each side, until lightly browned.
- Spoon a teaspoon of the tzatziki mix onto each pancake and sprinkle with some chopped parsley.