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Spinach Cakes With Swiss Cheese Sauce

Ever want breakfast for dinner? Here is a great way of doing so....kind of. Taking the concept of pancakes and adding savory ingredients transforms this dish into something that satisfies both cravings.

These cakes are fantastic tasting, filling and visually appealing. The spinach and turkey go so well with Swiss cheese sauce, I found it tremendously difficult to stop. Only the thought of loosening my belt prompted me from stealing from my sons plate.


For 4 people


  • 1 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup(s) packed fresh spinach
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) flour
  • 2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1/2 cup(s) smoked swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) milk
  • 2 teaspoon(s) sliced green onion
  • 1/2 lb(s) cooked turkey breast, chopped finely
  • Smoked Swiss Cheese Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 2 tablespoon(s) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) dry mustard
  • 1 3/4 cup(s) milk
  • 3/4 cup(s) smoked swiss cheese, shredded
  • coarsely chopped green onion

Spinach Cakes With Swiss Cheese Sauce Directions

  1. In large skillet, add 1 tablespoon butter over high heat. When melted, add spinach and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat, drain, cool slightly and coarsely chop.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Separate the spinach as much as possible, and add it to the flour mix with the shredded cheese. Mix well; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, green onions. Mix well and pour them in the flour mix; mix only until well moistened (the dough will be lumpy). Stir in chopped turkey.
  4. On a grill or a large frying pan, drop 1/4 cup of batter, spread lightly. Grill until bubbles appear on the edges and the cake raises (about 3 – 4 minutes); flip and brown the other side. Remove to oven proof platter, keep warm in a 200-degree F oven. Repeat until all the batter is used.
  5. Arrange the cakes in a pile on platter; pour the cheese sauce over and let drip down sides (or serve the cheese sauce separately and pour over the cakes just before eating).
  6. Smoke Swiss Cheese Sauce:
    Heat the butter in a saucepan; mix together the flour, cayenne pepper and dry mustard; add to the butter, stirring constantly until thickened (about 1 minute). Slowly add the milk, constantly stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil while whisking; when thickened remove from the heat. Immediately add the shredded smoked Swiss cheese and any amount of coarsely chopped green onion(your preference), stirring until melted; keep warm.