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Spinach on the Side Finland Style


It is almost dinner time and the idea of something a tad out of the ordinary just seems right!
Pinaattiohokaiset: Finnish spinach pancakes... don't jump away... spinach is no longer just for Popeye! My goodness, your children don't even know who he is! Popeye's can will never come near to the fresh ingredients that are available daily down the produce aisle.
Serve these hot beauties with meat, and if you are serving a roast: with meat and gravy. If the oven was on, preheat a serving dish to present these warmed at the table. If not, turn oven to a low temp and place platter in to warm dish and hold pancakes until ready to appear on your table.
This is a fresh way to introduce something new... an experiment that would be graded A+ if you were back in school!

Finnish Spinach Pancakes
1 c flour
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 t sugar
1/8 t nutmeg
1 c milk
2 eggs
3 T butter, melted
1 package (9 oz) frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and well drained. About 1 cup.

Place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine milk, eggs and butter and pour into dry ingredients, stir until combined. Add spinach. For each pancake pour about 2 T batter onto hot lightly greased fry pan.
Brown on underside; turn and brown on second side.

Serve with butter, Parmesan cheese, gravy, or shredded cheddar. Fun to place with accessories! Dress it up! Placed next to a sizzling steak, or savory roast, this is a side dish that takes notice.

As the whole world around you is changing and dressing into Spring, try something new, something international. Cooking is fun, serving something different just seems like the right thing to do!

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