Zucchini Angel Hair Pancake

  • nhbrowneyedgirl Posted: 07/27/11
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    I chose this recipe to cook the zuchinni my neighbors bring over. I do not love zuchinni on it's own due to the texture so was looking for a recipe that made up for that. This recipe was very tasty but very time consuming so I will probably not make it again. I am an experienced dietitian/food service manager and currently teach cooking so I know my way around the kitchen. I shredded the zuchinni the night before and the recipe still took over 1 hour to prepare. Clean up was a mess with so many pots and bowls plus pans needed to flip the pancake which was also very messy. A better option might be to cook 5 minutes and then put under broiler to brown the other side; perhaps adding parmesan to increase the browning. I don't know if I would spend the money on shallots as the flavor gets masked by the garlic and parmesan.

  • bldnewmom Posted: 07/26/11
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    My 2 year old LOVED this! I used whole wheat angle hair because that's what I had on hand, and I used dried herbs in stead of fresh and reduced the amounts. It was so yummy! I can't wait to try it again with fresh herbs. A little tricky turning the pancake but I used 2 cookie sheets and it worked great! I slid the pancake out of the pan onto one sheet, put the other sheet over it, sandwiched them and flipped them over then slid the pancake back into the pan.

  • bella'skitchen Posted: 08/14/11
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    Good recipe. I agree with the other reviewers, flipping the pancake was not easy - I turned it onto a cutting board and then placed the pan over it before flipping it. Only substitution was that I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream, as that's what I had on hand. Perfect for weekday lunches.

  • Jackross144 Posted: 08/15/11
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    Delicious! Will make again. It does take more than 35 minutes. Primarily because to get it crispy and brown, you need to cook at least 10 minutes a side. Easy to flip. Slide onto a cookie sheet and place inverted fry pan on top - then flip all.

  • age218 Posted: 08/24/11
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    Can I omit the Sour Cream? We rarely use it and Id hate to buy it for the one dish.

  • casandreas Posted: 07/29/11
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    Saint Marys,PA

    Great summer recipe! My kids really liked this. the angel hair added nice texture to the standby zucchini pancake. Fantastic with your favorite marinara sauce!

  • sethanrose Posted: 08/01/11
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    Took much longer than 35 min to prepare and than still didnt turn out. Will not even attempt to make again

  • liz581 Posted: 08/06/11
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    After reading the reviews, I made a couple of changes. First, I used a cheesecloth to squeeze out the liquid from the zucchini to save some time. I also decided it would be crazy to try to flip that pancake (I'd like to see the recipe author do it gracefully), so I cooked it on the stove for 5 minutes, then broiled it for about 7 minutes. With those changes, it was a pretty quick meal, and my husband loved it.

  • Kuenzi123 Posted: 08/17/11
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    This is pretty good! Interesting dish. My basil had wilted, so I subbed in a tsp of Italian seasoning and thought it was really good. It really isn't that time consuming if you prep the rest of the ingredients while the zucchini drains and the pasta cooks. I think kids would like this because the zucchini does get overwhelmed by all the other ingredients. Flipping the pancake was really easy with two cookie sheets (sliding it from the pan onto a cookie sheet and inverting it with another sheet on top of it.) I think how long the pancake needs to cook on each side is determined by how thick you make it and how big your pan is. I also just melted half a tbsp of butter to cook the first side and then added the other half tbsp before I slid it back into the pan to cook the 2nd side, that way both sides get crunchy and the first side doesn't get greasy. I served it with Prego Veggie Smart sauce. Heat whatever sauce you use in the microwave (covered!) instead of dirtying another pan.

  • Shelly1975 Posted: 07/24/11
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    This was super tasty and easy to assemble. I used linguini instead angel hair and onion instead of shallot but otherwise made it as is. I ate it with fresh tomato and it was delicious. A great way to use up extra zucchini!

  • SuzanneM Posted: 08/02/11
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    Angel Hair pasta, yes, but where was the zucchini? I followed the recipe exactly as written (except for increasing the amount of basil), and was totally underwhelmed. There was little flavor of anything except pasta. The zucchini was lost, and the binding agents really did not hold everything together well. Turning the pancake was a 2-person job. We tried it with a tomato salsa instead of marinara as suggested in the notes in order to add some freshness, but it didn't really help. Not looking forward to the huge amount of leftovers, either. Not at all worth the effort.

  • G8tergirl Posted: 08/28/11
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    My husband I both really liked this dish. I agree that it did take a bit if time to prepare. I used whole wheat pasta and reduced fat ricotta in place of the sour cream. Followed the advice of cooking the last five minutes under the broiler. The dish served beautifully and had a great texture and flavor.

  • jennywren277 Posted: 08/09/11
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    Made it and loved it! I agree that it was not easy to flip, and next time I will try the suggestion of finishing it under the broiler, or perhaps the cookie sheet method. Prep was a little time-consuming, but mostly my fault as I did not read the recipe from start to finish. But really everything can be done while you wait 20 mins for zucchini to drain. Am going to try it with different veggies, such as spinach in place of zucchini. Maybe even try replacing the pasta with cooked spaghetti squash for a gluten-free variation?

  • gourmetblondie Posted: 09/26/11
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    This recipe was a very different way of serving pasta and hiding the veggies inside! I loved it and so did my picky 2 year old and husband. It wasn't that time intensive and to flip it, just put a cookie sheet over the top of your skillet, invert the pancake onto the sheet and the slide it back into the pan, easy!! Served it with jarred marinara sauce and roasted broccoli, yum!!

  • Janelle729 Posted: 08/06/11
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    I thought this was delicious - it was a little tricky to flip and I needed some assistance, but I loved the flavors and I thought this was a great dish to serve :-)

  • JeanineM Posted: 08/09/11
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    Every once and a while, I come across a recipe that just sounds perfect for a light side dish. This was the ticket and turned out beautifully. I served without tomato sauce the first time and tonite made a quick San Marzano tomato sauce with minced onions and carrots, little white wine, chicken broth and crushed red pepper. Simmered for an hour. Love the mix of zucchini with pasta and the look plated. Serving as a side with chicken Marsala tonite and know it will be a hit. The pancake has a nice texture, very tasty (I added more parmesan and use a good one) and added more cheese on top as was heating. Lovely.

  • cook2feed Posted: 09/13/11
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    Yum! Reviews helpful: Yes on the cheese cloth, much faster way to eliminate water from zucchini. Yes on the Greek yogurt, dried herbs, onion instead of shallots. Yes on the cookie sheet to turn. Used the heavy bottomed pot that I cooked the pasta in to weigh down the mixture as it cooked...cooked well in 5 minute per side using the pot as the weight and mixture held together well for turning.

  • mrscrazyed Posted: 09/21/11
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    Although this tasted pretty good, there was way too much involved to warrant making this again. Very labor intensive.

  • BrendaLRGale Posted: 01/12/12
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    This was absolutely amazing! As my hubby said, "Well, this is the best pancake I've ever eaten!" So flavorful, with huge portions! Thanks to Linda Stoneking for sharing this recipe! High at 11 pts, but worth every MMMM bite!

  • Kdoggett Posted: 01/30/14
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    We really like this recipe. I don't try to flip it - I just cook it on the stove until the bottom starts to brown, then sprinkle a little extra cheese on top and broil it. Not the quickest recipe to make, but it's worth the effort.

  • SchuylerV30 Posted: 07/11/13
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    This is REALLY good! I have made it a few times. The only problem is I have a lot of trouble turning it without breaking it all up! But even with that problem, it's still really good. My 6 year old and my husband like it as well.

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