Our recipe for a dreamy Pancake Day involves pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if we're having to adjust our expectations a little, we think you can't go wrong with a pancake main followed by a pancake pud!
That's right, pancakes don’t have to be sweet and no, we’re not just talking about the classic American topping of bacon (although what’s not to love!). With the addition of a runny egg or a flake of salmon, you can transform the humble pancake into a delicious main. They can even sub in as a pasta alternative if you are looking to serve up a dinner to impress.
We've rounded up our best recipes for sweet tooths here, now it's time for the savoury ones to take centre stage and do we have some dishes for you! From Indian-inspired recipes to all-day breakfast traybakes, here's what we'll be tucking into at teatime this Pancake Day:
SWEET POTATO PANCAKES WITH DHAL
Swap out your naans and say goodbye to your chapatis, this Indian-inspired dish is all about the pancake. With batter made from sweet potatoes, the flavourful dhal topping is a treat for veggies and curry fans alike. Finish with a dollop of homemade raita for a refreshing finish – perfect too if some of your loved ones can't take the heat. This is just the recipe for spicing up Pancake Day.
Eggs on avocado pancakes
We don't see any reason why you can't have brunch for dinner and with this recipe, you'll be in for an egg-cellent Pancake Day. The silky-smooth pancakes are made with mashed avocado and topped with an oh-so-runny poached egg and roasted cherry tomatoes on the side. It all makes for a luxurious dish that's an ideal precursor to a sweet pancake round two.
Spinach and ricotta pancake cannelloni
Is it pasta? No, it's a pancake! Instead of using tubular cannelloni line up pancakes filled with spinach and ricotta and cover with passata. Finish the dish off with grated Parmesan and bake until it's bubbling. Cooking up this creative take on a classic pasta dish means you can enjoy a hearty main meal while still having all the Pancake Day fun – it's a win-win!
Korean-style seafood pancakes with carrot salad
Get truly experimental with this Korean-style sharing meal. This miso-seasoned pancake is filled with spring onions, carrot and a seafood mix for an impressive main if you're cooking for a crowd. Serve the pancakes with a soy sauce and chilli dipping sauce and a carrot ribbon salad for a refreshingly different dinner.
If your pancake day is looking a little stuffed (sorry, not sorry!) then with this recipe you can make it ahead of time so your family can still enjoy the traditional treat. The pancakes are filled with a flaked salmon, sweetcorn and broccoli cheese sauce before being sprinkled with cheese and baked for 15 minutes. Yummy!
American pancake stack
Okay, so we had to include this classic pancake combo! The American Pancake Stack is a little more on the sweet-and-savoury side which is perfect if you're looking to get all your pancake fixes in one go! Top the thick and fluffy pancakes with syrup and grilled crispy bacon for a dish that we could eat at any time of day. It's a certified crowd-pleaser – ideal if you're hoping to impress pals with a spot of Americana.
All-day breakfast pancake
This pancake traybake is full of breakfast-faves – eggs, sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms. The herby potato and chive batter adds depth of flavour to the dish which is quick and easy to whip up. It takes half an hour to bake in the oven, giving you plenty of time to relax or prepare batter and toppings for a second course of sweet pancakes.