When I was cooking these pea pancakes, I accidentally ripped one in half. Of course, I had to eat it. I certainly didn’t want an ugly pancake on my platter in the midst of all of the pretty ones. I was tempted to make more messy ones, let me tell you. I couldn’t believe that such a simple recipe could have so much flavor even without any sauce.
Even though this recipe serves four, the Grillmaster and I demolished the whole batch in record time. I didn’t feel too guilty since the pea pancakes are amazingly high in protein and relatively low in carbs.
I served these pancakes with some leftover grilled salmon and just a dot of butter. The cottage cheese makes them so moist, you can easily skip the butter if you want to cut back on saturated fat. If you want a gluten-free option for cottage cheese pancakes, check out DiabetesStrong’s recipe (use gluten-free oats).
I’m thinking I’ll try a little bit of mint mixed with the scallion garnish next time if I’m salmon-less. Peas and mint are a classic combination.
- 1 cup shelled fresh peas or frozen peas thawed
- 3/4 cup egg substitute or 3 eggs
- 1 cup low-fat 2% cottage cheese
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 scallions thinly sliced, divided
- Cooked salmon or smoked salmon flaked (optional)
- Butter for serving optional
- If using fresh peas, cook in boiling water until tender, about 3 minutes; drain. If using frozen peas, thaw but do not cook.
- Purée eggs, cottage cheese, flour, olive oil, and salt in blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer batter to bowl and stir in peas plus about 3/4 of the scallions.
- Heat a nonstick griddle over medium heat. Once it’s hot, remove from heat and spray with cooking spray. (Don’t spray near the burner!) Return to heat and use a 1/4 cup measure to pour batter onto griddle. I can fit four pancakes on an 11- x 11-inch griddle. Once pancakes have set on the bottom, flip and cook until golden brown and done in the middle. Remove to a platter and keep warm while you make the remaining pancakes. Spray the griddle with cooking spray (off the heat) before each batch.
- Serve pancakes with salmon on top or with a tiny bit of butter. Garnish with remaining scallions.