Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fiambre Aleman - Savoury Pancake Stack

Pancakes!  Many people think pancakes are only made for maple syrupy breakfast fun... but in Argentinean cooking I have seen pancakes used for many different purposes!  For super special treats sometimes mum would make pancakes with dulce de leche rolled into the middle - it was to die for... (my mouth is watering as I write this!!).  However one of the things I always remembered on festive occasions, which she was always asked to bring to other people's parties was Fiambre Aleman... translated literally it means German Ham... but in actuality it is a wonderfully easy, but incredibly flavourism, savoury pancake stack!  It was a recpe she learnt from her mum, my Grandmother Victoria.

Fiambre Aleman


  • 150g of plain flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • Milk - as needed

  • 1 red capsicum (canned is fine or roasted in oven (allow to cool down before use)
  • 1 can of tuna in oil - drained
  • 5 boiled eggs (leave one for decorating the finished fiambre)
  • 100g shredded or thinly sliced ham
  • 100 g shredded cheddar cheese
  • 100g chopped green olives
  • 3/4 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of chopped spanish onions
  • egg mayonnaise
Make your pancakes...mix the ingredients in a bowl, adding milk as needed to thin the mixture to a sligtly thickened pancake mix.  Pour into the pan to make thin pancakes.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with the mayonnaise. Use as much mayonnaise as necessary to make the filling moist and mix together.  If you are using sliced of ham instead of shredded ham leave to the side until ready to compile your stack.

Once the pancakes are cooled down, build your pancake stack like a lasagna. thinly spread the filling over every layer (if you are using slices of ham then place slices on every layer).  When you reach the top layer cover with mayonnaise and decorate with centred egg slices.  The Fiambre tastes great freshly made, but if you have time to leave it overnight - it's even better!  it gathers all the flavours and the pancakes soak up the moisture and flavour of the filling.

Simple - yet scrumptious!

You can see the live recipe at Cocina de Mama's YouTube Channel.

Cocinar, comer y ser feliz,

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