Sausage & Applesauce Brunch Crepes

Sausage & Applesauce Brunch Crepes

Applesauce, turkey sausage and Cheddar turn crepes into a hearty brunch dish. Serve with a green salad and fresh fruit.

From EatingWell: January/February 2012
Yield: 6 crepes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (including 30 minutes resting time)

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour, preferably white whole-wheat (see Tip)
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  6. 2 teaspoons canola oil or melted butter
  7. 10 ounces turkey breakfast sausage, casings removed (7-8 links)
  8. 1/2 cup seltzer water
  9. 1 1/2 cups good-quality unsweetened applesauce, warmed
  10. 3/4 cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  11. 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more if desired
  12. 3 teaspoons snipped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. Process whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, eggs, milk and oil (or butter) in a blender or food processor until smooth, scraping the sides once or twice. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Place sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Cover to keep warm.
  3. Slowly whisk seltzer into the batter. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Ladle 1/3 cup batter into the center of the pan; immediately tilt and rotate the pan to spread evenly over the bottom.
  4. Cook until the underside is lightly browned, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Using a heatproof silicon or rubber spatula, lift the edge, then quickly grasp the crepe with your fingers and flip. Cook until the second side is lightly browned, about 20 seconds. Slide onto a plate.
  5. Repeat with the remaining batter, spraying the pan as needed and stacking crepes as you go. If the pan begins to smoke, reduce the heat to medium. Cover crepes with a clean kitchen towel or keep warm in a 200°F oven.
  6. To assemble, place a crepe on a clean cutting board. Spread 1/4 cup applesauce in the center, leaving a 1- to 2-inch border. Top with 1/4 cup of the cooked sausage and 2 tablespoons cheese. Fold in the sides to make a square shape, leaving a “window” in the center. Press down on the corners, as necessary, to help keep the crepe folded. Repeat with the remaining crepes, applesauce, sausage and cheese. Drizzle each crepe with 1 tablespoon maple syrup, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon chives and serve immediately. Pass more syrup at the table, if desired.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 347 calories; 15 g fat (4 g sat, 5 g mono); 177 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 2 g fiber; 465 mg sodium; 294 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron & Zinc (17% daily value)

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 carbohydrate (other), 1 1/2 high-fat meat, 1/2 fat