Food Pairings: Sage, Apple and Cheddar Cheese Pancakes

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<em>Makes 4 servings<br />
</em>This is a variation of a Dutch Baby, a giant popover-like pancake that often is made with apples. Sharp cheddar and fresh sage make it more savory than the traditional version, resulting in a fantastic weekend breakfast or brunch dish. Serve it as is, or with maple syrup and a side of country ham or smoky bacon. </p>
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<strong>Filling</strong>
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<li>2 tablespoons unsalted butter</li>
<li>2 tablespoons coarsely chopped sage</li>
<li>2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced</li>
<li>1 tablespoon sugar</li>
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<strong>Pancake</strong>
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<li>3 eggs</li>
<li>¾ cup milk</li>
<li>¾ cup all-purpose flour</li>
<li>½ teaspoon salt</li>
<li>1 tablespoon sugar</li>
<li>1 tablespoon coarsely chopped sage</li>
<li>1¼ cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese</li>
<li>1 tablespoon unsalted butter </li>
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<li>Preheat oven to 425 degrees. For the filling, melt butter in a heavy 12-inch oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Stir in sage and cook for 1 minute, until butter sizzles and is fragrant with the sage. Toss in apple slices and sugar and put skillet in the oven. Bake 10 minutes, or until apples are soft.</li>
<li>While apples cook, combine eggs, milk, flour, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl with an immersion blender or whisk. Stir in remaining sage and 3/4 cup of the cheese.</li>
<li>When apples are done, scrape them into a bowl. Rinse and dry skillet and return to medium heat. Swirl in remaining butter. When butter sizzles, pour in batter and return skillet to oven on a center rack. Bake about 20 minutes, or until puffed, brown and crisp around the edges.</li>
<li>Remove the pancake, spread the apples in the center, and top with the remaining cheese. Return it to the oven for 5 minutes to warm the apples and melt the cheese.?</li>
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<em>Jerry Traunfeld, author of</em> The Herbal Kitchen <em>(William Morrow, 2005), is the former executive chef of the Herbfarm restaurant in Woodinville, Washington. He received the James Beard Award for Best American Chef of the Northwest in 2000.</em>
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<p>Click here for the original article, <a href=”https://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/herbs-and-whey.aspx”>Food Pairings: Fresh Herbs and Artisanal Cheese.</a>
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