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Everyone loves scallion pancakes, and once you have Blue Ginger Cracker Dough on hand, they couldn't be simpler to make. Yeh-Yeh, my paternal grandfather, used to stuff his scallion pancakes with ground pork or beef. For the ultimate version, why not treat the pancakes like pita bread or tortillas and wrap them around a beef stir-fry? Or fill them with cold chicken salad? The combination of the hot bread and the cold salad is tremendous.
These are served with a sambal-spiked dipping sauce.
Makes 4 pancakes
1 tablespoon Traditional Spicy Sambal or store-bought sambal
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup naturally brewed soy sauce
1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound Blue Ginger Cracker Dough
2 cups scallions, white and green parts, cut diagonally 1 1/6 inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon grapeseed or canola oil
- To make the dipping sauce, combine the sambal, vinegar, and soy sauce in a small bowl and mix. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine the sesame and olive oils and set aside.
- Flour a work surface and on it roll the dough into a rectangle 1/8 inch thick. Brush the dough with the oil mixture, sprinkle with the scallions, and season with salt and pepper.
- Starting with one long side nearest you, roll the dough jelly-roll fashion to make a tight log. Cut the log into 4 equal pieces.
- Roll 1 piece with your palms to make a skinnier log about 12 inch in diameter. Twist each end of the log in opposite directions 4 or 5 times (this will make additional pancake layers), then wrap the log around itself to make a coil, tucking the outside end beneath the coil. With a rolling pin, flatten the coil to 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining dough to make 3 more pancakes.
- Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Add the grapeseed oil and swirl to coat the pan. Depending on the pan's size, add 1 to 2 pancakes and cook until brown and crispy on both sides, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cook the remaining pancakes. Slice each pancake into 4 wedges. Serve the pancakes with the dipping sauce.
For a savory pancake addition, mix 2 cups of finely chopped raw Contessa Shrimp in a bowl with the scallions. Sprinkle the dough evenly with the mixture, and proceed with the recipe, frying the pancakes 3 to 4 minutes per side.