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COOKING FOR TWO: Vegetables add a healthful kick to Dutch Baby

by Ellie Krieger, The Washington Post | October 20, 2021 at 1:54 a.m.
Savory Dutch Baby With Vegetables (For The Washington Post/Scott Suchman)

I am a big fan of breakfast for dinner, often whipping up an impromptu frittata or egg scramble to plate with a simple salad and whole grain toast, for a quick, satisfying evening meal. Besides the pleasure of the food itself, I relish the spark of rebelliousness that comes with breaking from what-to-eat-when convention. The same goes for pancakes and waffles.

This recipe brings a Dutch baby oven pancake to the table, for any meal of the day, in savory form. Instead of the typical sweet preparation, this one is seasoned with parmesan cheese and is made more healthful with whole grain flour and olive oil. After a short trip to the oven, its simple batter emerges gorgeously puffed and golden, ready to be topped with a colorful medley of sauteed vegetables and sprinkled with a confetti of fresh basil.

Savory Dutch Baby With Vegetables

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
  • ½ cup diced sweet onion
  • ¾ cup corn kernels (from 1 ear of corn or from frozen)
  • ¾ cup diced zucchini
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour or white whole-wheat flour OR ¼ cup EACH regular whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves, cut into ribbons

In a 10-inch cast-iron or oven-safe nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the corn, zucchini and ¼ teaspoon of each salt and pepper, and cook until the zucchini is firm-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until they are just warmed through, about 1 minute. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl and cover to keep them warm as you prepare the pancake, or refrigerate until needed.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 1/8 teaspoon of salt and the about ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and whisk to combine, then stir in the parmesan cheese.

Wipe the skillet out, then return it to medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, swirling to coat the skillet. Pour the batter into the skillet, then carefully transfer it to the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the pancake is puffed and golden brown.

Remove the skillet from the oven, top with the vegetable mixture, garnish with the basil and serve.

Makes 2 to 4 servings.

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