Deep-Fried Chive Crêpes with Chévre, Scallions & Prosciutto

Deep-Fried Chive Crêpes with Chévre, Scallions & Prosciutto


1/2 lb. fresh chévre (goat cheese)

1/3 C. heavy cream

3 oz prosciutto, minced

4 scallions, trimmed to include 1″ of green, minced

Freshly ground white pepper

2 tsp.  minced fresh chives



3/4 C. unbleached flour

1/4 C. whole-wheat pastry flour

1 T. minced fresh chives

1/4 tsp.  freshly ground white pepper

1/4 tsp.  kosher salt

2 T. unsalted butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 large egg yolk

1 1/2 C. milk


20 chive crêpes (see above), cooked

2 large egg whites, beaten with 2 tsp.  water

1 C. very fine dry bread crumbs

2-4 C. vegetable oil for frying

Fresh edible flowers, herbs and/or watercress for garnish


To make crêpes: Combine both flours, chives, white pepper and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add melted butter, eggs and egg yolk; pulse twice. With motor running, slowly add milk. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and blend for 5 seconds more. Pour batter into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Place butter in a nonstick or well-seasoned 6″ crepe pan and set over high heat. When hot, add several T. of batter and quickly tilt the pan to coat the bottom. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until bottom is nicely browned, about 1 minute. (If you wish, you can lightly brown the other side at this point.) Turn out onto a tea towel; repeat until all batter is used. Add more butter to the pan only as necessary. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine chévre, cream, prosciutto, scallions, garlic, pepper and chives. Set aside. Arrange crêpes, browned sides up, on a large work surface. Place a scant T. of filling in the center of each crepe. Moisten outer edges with some egg white mixture. Fold in sides over filling. Then fold up bottom and fold down top to make a tight package about 2-1/2 to 3 inches square. Place crêpes, seam sides down, on a large platter. Repeat until all packages are made.

Dip each package into egg white mixture, roll in bread crumbs and place on a cake rack to dry. (crêpes can be assembled 1/2 day ahead and kept, tightly wrapped in plastic, in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before frying.) Just before serving, pour oil into a wok or deep-fryer to a depth of 1-1/2 to 2 inches. Heat until hot enough to quickly brown a cube of bread. Fry crepe packages, a few at a time, turning until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Remove and drain well; keep warm. Serve with a garnish of flowers, herbs and watercress.










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