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Colcannon with bacon pancakes

05 February 2013

This savoury pancake filling has been inspired by traditional Irish colcannon and uses shredded cabbage, spring onions and grated cheese to make a delicious lunchtime meal or light supper.

Colcannon with bacon pancakes
Colcannon with bacon pancakes

Preparation time

10 minutes

Cooking time

15 minutes




For the pancakes

  • 75g/3oz plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 large British Lion eggs
  • 200ml/7floz milk
  • A little oil for frying

For the filling

  • A knob of butter
  • 3 rashers streaky bacon, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 225g/8oz cabbage, shredded
  • 75g/3oz Irish cheddar, grated


1. Place the flour, salt and eggs in a large bowl, add half the milk and whisk well until the mixture is lump free. Add the remaining milk and whisk again until smooth. If you prefer, place all the ingredients together in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into a jug. The batter can be made in advance and chilled for up to 8 hours before use - it may need thinning after standing, add a little milk or water.

2. Heat a 20cm/8in diameter non-stick frying pan until hot, drizzle a little oil over the centre and wipe around the pan with a piece of kitchen paper.

3. Pour in a little of the batter into the pan and immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter thinly and evenly over the base. Cook for 2 minutes or until the top is set and the base golden. Flip over using a spatula or if you are feeling brave, toss the pancake!

4. Cook the pancake for a further 1-2 minutes or until the base is golden. Transfer to a plate and cover with greaseproof paper, keep warm. Use the batter to make a further 3 pancakes in the same way.

5. For the filling: melt the butter in the frying pan, add the bacon and fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden. Add the onion, cabbage and 1 tbsp of water and stir fry for a further 3-4 minutes or until the cabbage is tender. Season with plenty of ground black pepper.

6. To serve, divide the filling between the pancakes and roll up. Place on a baking sheet and scatter over the cheese. Cook under a hot grill for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Serve hot with sautéed mushrooms if desired.

Nutrition (per portion): 297 Calories; 16.3g protein; 17.6g fat; 8.3g saturated fat; 19.6g carbohydrate; 1.2g salt

Our thanks to British Lion for providing this recipe


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