Ham & Cheese Oven-Puffed Pancake

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This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

ham and cheese oven-puffed

The inspiration for this ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake comes from my latest cookbook crush, Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes To Eat Like A Local by Clotilde Dusoulier. Clotilde is the lovely voice behind the Paris-based cooking blog Chocolate & Zucchini, and also the author of several cookbooks.

I spent a lot of time in Paris in my early twenties, both as a student and an au pair, so the recipes and photos in this book have me wistfully longing to go back in time. (Wouldn’t that be nice to do, just for a bit?) In France, an oven-puffed pancake is called a pascade. Clotilde writes, “If ever a dish was more than the sum of its parts, this is it. The simple batter cooks up to an astonishing texture, halfway between a crepe and a soufflé, crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside. Think of it as the French cousin to the Dutch baby…[it’s] a natural fit for brunch, but I like it better in the early evening, served with sparkling wine.”

I took Clotilde’s basic recipe and — keeping with the French theme — added a spoonful of Dijon, some chopped ham, grated Gruyere, and chives to make it a bit more substantial. So you can serve this version as a light dinner with mixed greens, too.

What you’ll need to make a ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake

How to make a ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake

To begin, combine the eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Whisk well to combine, then whisk in the flour.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Gradually add the milk, whisking until the batter is smooth.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Add the cheese and chives.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Mix well.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Melt the butter in a 10-inch cast iron or nonstick ovenproof pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and swirl the butter around.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Sprinkle the ham evenly around the pan.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Pour the batter over the ham, then use a fork to be sure the ham is evenly distributed.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

Carefully transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

It will appear puffed straight out of the oven, but will quickly collapse. Cut the pancake into thin wedges and serve.

how to make ham and cheese oven-puffed

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Ham & Cheese Oven-Puffed Pancake

This ham and cheese oven-puffed pancake falls halfway between a crepe and a soufflé: crisp on the outside and comfortingly tender inside.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned into a measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1-1/4 cups whole milk (or substitute 1/4 cup heavy cream + 1 cup skim milk)
  • 2/3 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 slices (4 oz) thinly sliced ham, finely diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the flour. Gradually add the milk, whisking until the batter is smooth. Stir in the cheese and chives.
  3. Melt the butter in a 10-inch cast iron or nonstick ovenproof pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and swirl the butter around. Sprinkle the ham evenly around the pan. Pour the batter over the ham, then use a fork to be sure the ham is evenly distributed. Carefully transfer the pan to the preheated oven and bake for about 25 minutes. It will appear puffed straight out of the oven, but will quickly collapse. Cut the pancake into thin wedges and serve. (Remember that the pan is hot; I usually place a dishtowel or oven mitt over the handle as a reminder.)
  4. The pancake is best served fresh out of the oven. However, leftover slices can be reheated in the microwave.
  5. Note: Unlike a Dutch baby where the edges of the pancake will remain puffy after coming out of the oven, this pancake should puff up a bit in the oven to about 1½ inches high all over, then settle to about ½ inch high as it cools.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 430
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated fat: 13 g
  • Carbohydrates: 29 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 22 g
  • Sodium: 610 mg
  • Cholesterol: 210 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Family absolutely loved it. Didn’t have a 10-inch pan handy so used my 12-inch cast iron skillet, which resulted in a slightly thinner pancake but still delicious. The ham and chives were great, and I can see how adaptable this recipe would be when you have other ingredients on hand. Thanks for another winner, Jenn.

    • — Pam on April 6, 2021
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  • I added some broccoli slaw to the ham and butter…delicious! Second year for our new favorite Easter breakfast! Thank you Jenn!

    • — Laura A Cox on April 4, 2021
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  • Perfect for easy Easter breakfast! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • — Lori on April 4, 2021
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  • Jenn,

    This delicious savory pancake is our new Easter tradition. I’ll be making it in the morning. I have some broccoli slaw in the fridge that I was thinking about adding. What do you think? I know I’m writing a little late, but hoping for the best!

    • — Laura A Cox on April 3, 2021
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    • I just read all the comments and see a few that added veggies during the initial saute, so I’m going to give it a shot!

      • — Laura A Cox on April 3, 2021
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    • Hi Laura, I’m obviously weighing in too late to help — sorry! Did you try it? If so, how did it turn out?

      • — Jenn on April 5, 2021
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      • It was delicious with some broccoli slaw added! I sauteed a little bit in the butter, then added the ham! As I said, it’s our Easter tradition! Thanks for all your great recipes!

        • — Laura A Cox on April 8, 2021
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        • So glad – thanks for reporting back! 🙂

          • — Jenn on April 8, 2021
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  • I made this recipe today per the instructions. While the flavor was nice I really didn’t care for the texture of the final product at all. It was dense and gummy. I won’t be trying it again.

    • — MegM on April 1, 2021
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  • Jenn this was fantastic. You have been our saving grace this past year. Every recipe is wonderful. We make the apple manchego arugula salad often will never make any other hummus then yours. A week doesn’t go by where we are not making one of your delicious recipes. So grateful to you…keep cooking and thank you. Next up the pork fried rice!

    • — Allison Band on March 31, 2021
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    • So glad you like the recipes!! 🙂

      • — Jenn on March 31, 2021
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  • DELICIOUS! Fun family activity and reheats beautifully. I didn’t have chives so used scallions that I sauteed in with the ham. Just so yum. Served with fresh strawberries and asparagus!

    • — Sarah Jane on March 18, 2021
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  • I made this for my husband who loves everything ham and cheese. This was a really yummy comfort food dish that didn’t taste overly heavy or ready despite the decadence of the ingredients. We both really liked it and I found it is a nice, easier alternative to a quiche. Great for brunch and it did reheat well for us.

    • — Rebecca S on January 29, 2021
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  • Another easy dinner that I always have handy in the fridge (except the chives but I never miss them). My kids love it and it is so lovely with a simple arugula and lemon vinaigrette salad but simple steamed broccoli makes a complete easy meal! Crushed it again, Jenn!

    • — Casey on January 28, 2021
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  • This is super easy and delicious. I bought a second 10″ cast iron skillet so I can make two at once when family is visiting. Gruyere is delicious, but I’ve used parmesan, asiago, etc. Also have swapped chives for parsley, etc. Whatever’s fresh and on-hand!

    • — Spencer on January 28, 2021
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  • Delicious! Enjoyed with a beet and arugula salad. I couldn’t get Gruyere in our grocery store. I used a combination of Edam and raclette cheese. Loved how easy it was and quick to put together for a weeknight meal.

    • — Naomi on November 9, 2020
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  • Enjoyed this for dinner with a salad! Both my husband and I loved the flavor and texture, and look forward to devouring the leftovers tomorrow! Thanks so much for this great recipe! (Good use of the remains of our Easter ham)!

    • — Millicent Law on May 4, 2020
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  • Oh my, this is wonderful! I’ve been wanting to make this since I saw it in your weekly blog and now I finally have ham and a working oven. With a simple arugula salad it was the perfect weeknight supper. Love the flavor and texture!

    • — Rachel on April 23, 2020
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  • Very good and looked just like your picture. The only problem I had was getting it out of my cast iron pan. Any suggestions?

    • — Tish on April 18, 2020
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    • Hi Tish, Glad you enjoyed it! If your cast iron sticks, it may not be “seasoned” properly. Here’s a link on how to season and care for it.

      • — Jenn on April 18, 2020
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  • The kids loved it! I’m sold. Thank you!

    • — Ariana on April 15, 2020
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  • Have made this many times and family loves it. Can it be made with buttermilk?

    • — John Darby on April 11, 2020
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    • I’d recommend sticking with regular milk here (and glad you like it)!

      • — Jenn on April 12, 2020
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  • Great recipe -I used pre-baked bacon instead of ham and served it
    as a breakfast dish with Maple syrup! Delish!

    • — Anita on April 9, 2020
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  • Has anyone tried this with pepper jack cheese—any idea if that would work in this recipe? Thanks!

    • — Jenniffer Watson on April 9, 2020
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    • Hi Jenniffer, I haven’t tried it but it should be fine. Enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 9, 2020
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      • Thanks, I made it today with pepper jack and it turned out wonderfully!

        • — Jenniffer Watson on April 10, 2020
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        • 👍

          • — Jenn on April 12, 2020
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  • Will King Arthur gluten free measure-for-measure flour work in this recipe?

    • — Jim on April 9, 2020
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    • Hi Jim, I haven’t tried it, but I think it should work. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it! 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 9, 2020
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  • Family verdict: definitely a keeper! My chives haven’t grown back yet after winter so instead I fried a bit of scallion in the butter first. Great recipe, yet again.

    • — Yvonne on April 5, 2020
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