Friday, September 7, 2012


I'm not ashamed to admit that Nutella is my best friend. Nutella listens to you when you're down. Nutella will always be there for you when you've had a rough day. And, most importantly, Nutella never judges you for how much Nutella you eat.

My favorite way to eat Nutella? On a homemade crepe with bananas.

The key to any long-lasting recipe is versatility. Can this dish be prepared for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Can it be a dessert, side dish, or main dish? Can it be seasoned to highlight different flavors? If you answered yes to all of these questions, you've got yourself a versatile dish.

For me, this dish is the basic crepe. Inherited from my grandmother, this recipe has two parts. The first set of ingredients creates a savory crepe that can be filled with bacon, eggs, chicken and veggies. The second set of ingredients, when added to the first, makes a sweet crepe for jams, fruits, chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, and whatever else you can think of.

This two-part recipe includes:
Savory                                                                                    Sweet

2 cups milk                                                           Add 2 Tablespoons sugar
2 eggs                                                            2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 ½ cups flour                                                                1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Like I said, if you're making meat-filled or veggie crepes, go with the recipe on the left. If you're making a sweet crepe, make the recipe on the left and add the ingredients from the right column.

Mix everything up in a bowl, slap a generous dollop of butter into a pan, and fry your batter into super-thin pancakes. Make sure they're golden brown on the bottom, then use a wide spatula to give them a quick flip and brown the other side. Repeat until you're out of batter.

Once they're cooked, fill them up with whatever you see fit!
Like I said, I went with my comfort foods - Nutella and banana.

Cover your extra crepes with plastic wrap and save them for another dish! Like I said, crepes are incredibly versatile.

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