Sweet and Savory Clafoutis Recipes

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I think what I love the most about French cooking and cooking techniques is the language. I feel like some culinary mastermind when I use words like julienne or explain the magic that is coq au vin. Clafoutis is another one of those beautiful French words, but, unlike escargot this one is what’s for dinner and dessert.

According to Merriam-Webster, a clafoutis is "a dessert consisting of fruit (as cherries) topped with batter and then baked.” Oh, and Merriam-Webster was also very kind to inform me that Djibouti rhymes with clafoutis.

Clafoutis: It's What's for Dinner and Dessert

Yes, you read correctly, clafoutis is what’s for dinner and dessert because, like the crêpe, a clafoutis can be both savory or sweet. I know that it sounds a little unusual, but remember the “batter” and “baked” part of the definition? (Awesome…right?) Well, battered and baked is the perfect vehicle for leftovers—especially Thanksgiving leftovers!

Sweet Clafoutis Recipe
Photo By Kristina "Mickey" Hart

Sweet Clafoutis Recipe

Let us start with a sweet clafoutis; nothing says holidays like cranberry relish, sauce or jelly—whatever you want to call it! I personally love the cranberry jelly from a can and sticking my knife into the little grooves made by the can. Cranberry jelly is pretty darn yummy alone, but baking it and covering it in a sugary batter will kick Aunt Jenny’s pumpkin pies bootie!

Cranberry Relish Clafoutis Recipe

• Zest of 1 lemon
• 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
• 1 can whole berry cranberry jelly
• 2 tablespoons butter, melted
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, combine lemon zest and 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside.

3. In a colander, break up jelly and rinse, only leaving behind berries.

4. Coat an oven-safe pan with melted butter. Sauté cranberries in pan for about 3 minutes on medium-low heat.

5. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs together and whisk in milk. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture, and beat until well combined.

6. Add 1 tablespoon sugar to cranberries, followed by lemon-sugar mixture. Pour batter on top of cranberries. Let batter settle and sprinkle with extra sugar if you like. Bake for 20 minutes.

Savory Clafoutis Recipe

Now let's move on to a savory clafoutis recipe. Try this recipe with your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.

Turkey and Sun-Dried Tomato Clafoutis Recipe

• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• Pinch salt
• 1 cup milk
• 3 eggs
• 1/4 onion, chopped
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1/2 cup cubed turkey
• 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, milk and eggs. Set aside.

3. In an oven-safe skillet, sauté onions in butter for a minute; add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add turkey and sun-dried tomatoes to skillet.

4. Add smoked paprika, salt and pepper to flour mixture. Pour batter over turkey mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, or until set and golden brown.


Kristina M Kristina “Mickey” Hart is the owner and operator of a family farmlet in central Virginia. Her many loves include backyard chickening, gardening, honeybees and carbohydrates.