Pancakes aren't just for Shrove Tuesday

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Pancakes are quick and easy to whip up, and can be eaten with just about any kind of leftovers in your kitchen. They're so versatile and delicious, why keep pancakes for Shrove Tuesday?

Here are a few savoury ideas to inspire you to make pancakes a regular on your home menu.

Pesto, ham and leftover vegetables
Add a little pesto to your pancake batter. Make a white sauce or use a bought cheese sauce. Mix in your ham and any leftover cooked vegetables you have, roughly chopped. Spread the mixture over 2/3 of the pancake, roll it up and place seam side down on a greased dish. Sprinkle with cheese and heat in the oven until piping hot. Serve with a crisp green salad.

Chicken stir fry
For an oriental twist, add chopped coriander to your pancake mix and use coconut milk in place of the regular milk. Fill your pancakes with your leftover stir fried chicken and vegetables. If you want to use up any other stray vegetables from the fridge, just add them in.

Spanish pancakes
Add a pinch of chilli to your pancake batter. Heat a jar of tomato pasta sauce in a pan, chop and add any leftover vegetables that you have hiding in the fridge. Bring to the boil and cook until reduced. Fill your chilli pancake with the tomato sauce and top with a fried egg. Sprinkle over grated cheese and chopped coriander.

Green pancakes
Fold in leftover cooked spinach to your pancake batter. This gives a lovely speckled pancake and tastes great filled with a mixture of leftover vegetables such as mushrooms and grated cheese that need to be used.

Mince pancakes
Spread any leftover bolognese or chilli sauce over 2/3 of your pancake. Roll up and place seam side down on a greased oven proof dish, top with grated cheese and bake until golden brown, and hot through.