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Flavorful Hawaiian Pizza Crepe Recipe

It's the sweet and savory twist on a crepe you never knew you needed. Until now, that is.
Flavorful Hawaiian Pizza Crepe RecipeMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Hawaiian pizza ranks as one of our favorite pies by the mere fact that no other combination packs as much flavor for so few calories. The same holds true with these crepes. The key to a good crepe is to let it properly brown and take on crispy patches; most cooks get anxious and remove them prematurely from the pan, yielding a pale, lifeless shell. Be patient, and you'll end up with the perfect crepe recipe in no time.

Nutrition: 370 calories, 18 g fat (8 g saturated), 390 mg sodium

Serves 4

You'll Need

For the crepe batter:

1 cup flour
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp melted butter
Pinch of salt
3⁄4 cup low-fat milk
1⁄2 cup water

For the crepe filling:

1⁄2 Tbsp butter, plus more for cooking the crepes
4 oz deli ham, cut into strips
2 cups diced pineapple
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
Salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make It

To make the batter:

  1. Combine the flour, eggs, melted butter, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add the milk, then the water, whisking to prevent any lumps.

To make the filling:

  1. Heat the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the ham, pineapple, and jalapeño and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the ham is lightly browned on the edges and the pineapple is softened.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the ricotta, and season with salt and pepper.

To make the crepe:

  1. Heat a 12" non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add enough butter to coat, then pour in about 2 tablespoons of the crepe batter, swirling and tilting the pan so that the batter covers the entire surface with a thin film.
  3. Cook on the first side for 1 to 2 minutes, until the bottom takes on a deep brown color all over.
  4. Flip the crepe and spoon in some of the ricotta-ham mixture. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until brown and crisp on the bottom.
  5. Fold the crepe over the stuffing and slide onto a plate.
  6. Repeat to make three more crepes.

Eat This Tip

Consider this recipe the base for all your crepe needs—sweet and savory. (If making the batter for dessert crepes, you can add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the batter to lightly sweeten it.)  Here are a few approaches worth exploring:

  • Sautéed mushrooms, onions, spinach, and crumbled feta cheese
  • Smoked salmon, roasted asparagus, and ricotta or whipped cream cheese
  • Sliced strawberries, mascarpone cheese, and honey

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

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