Monday, January 16, 2012

Swiss Chard, Radicchio, Mushroom, Tomato and Chicken Crepe for the Whole Family

This recipe is paying homage to one of my favorite places to eat when I'm visiting my parents, Fresco Creperie and Cafe. This is a little different than the crepe I always order, but it was definitely the inspiration for this recipe. This is a delicious and healthy meal your whole family will enjoy. My little guy LOVES this. It's full of iron, folate, calcium, protein, vitamins A, C and D, potassium, fiber and whole grains. This is for little one's 10+ months who are ready for finger foods.

Here's what you need: (Serves 4 to 6)
Crepe Filling:
3 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 cups chopped swiss chard
1 cup chopped radicchio
2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1 clove garlic minced
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tblsp Herbs de Provence
1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
Olive oil cooking spray

Spray a large deep skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Season the chicken with a little salt and pepper and place in hot skillet. Cook for about 7 or so minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of the chicken cooking time may be more or less). When chicken is cooked remove from skillet and set aside. Pour chicken broth into hot skillet (skillet should still be over medium high heat) and scrape up the little bits in the skillet. Add garlic, swiss chard, radicchio, mushrooms, and tomato. Season with pepper, nutmeg and Herbs de Provence. Toss to coat. Chop chicken into small bite size pieces and add back to skillet.  Add grated Gruyere cheese and toss to coat again. Scoop into crepe and fold over. Sprinkle a little more Gruyere over the crepe if you like. Serve and enjoy!

Crepe batter:
1 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
2 tblsp olive oil

Whisk together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until smooth.  Spray cooking spray on a medium sized skillet and heat over medium high heat. Ladle about 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet. Tilt the skillet in a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly. Cook for approx 2 minutes and then flip with a spatula and cook the other side for a minute or 2. Be gentle with the spatula, my first crepe was a disaster. I ended up just flipping it in the air and catching it in the skillet to flip. Wish I had that on video it was lots of fun!

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