This crispy, savory vegetable pancake recipe is the perfect appetizer for a dinner party or creative side dish to serve alongside a roast. Skip the pancetta to make these a hearty vegetarian main dish.

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Recipe Summary

45 mins
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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Cook pancetta in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Let cool on a paper towel-lined plate; crumble.

  • Coarsely shred parsnips and celery root halves in a food processor fitted with the shredding disk. Combine eggs, milk, flour, chives, mustard, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the shredded vegetables and the pancetta.

  • Wipe out the skillet; add 2 tablespoons oil and heat over medium heat. Cook 4 pancakes per batch, using about 1/4 cup of batter for each and flattening with a spatula to make them 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 16 pancakes, using the remaining 2 tablespoons oil for the last 2 batches.

  • To serve, top each pancake with 1 teaspoon creme fraiche and sprinkle with additional chives, if desired.


White whole-wheat flour, milled from hard white winter wheat rather than the hard red winter wheat of traditional whole-wheat flours, claims the same healthful nutritional profile without the bitter tannins. The benefits of whole-wheat flours are a direct result of milling the nutrient-rich germ and bran of the wheat berry along with the endosperm. In all-purpose flour only the endosperm is used.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 18.2g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.7g 15% DV; sugars 4.2g; fat 14.2g 22% DV; saturated fat 4.7g 23% DV; cholesterol 59.4mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 121.8IU 2% DV; vitamin c 12.1mg 20% DV; folate 45.9mcg 12% DV; calcium 64mg 6% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 30.3mg 11% DV; potassium 408.8mg 12% DV; sodium 410.9mg 16% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV.