Sunday, August 19, 2012

Savory Corn Pancakes with IKEA Vegan Caviar


During a shopping trip to IKEA a few weeks ago in Stoughton, MA, I discovered some vegan caviar (made almost entirely from seaweed extract and salt) in the food section for $1.99. Although I've never had real caviar, this product has a nice texture and a briny bite to it. I've used it here to top off some corn pancakes separated by layers of chive-kissed dollops of vegan sour cream. This is a fantastic brunch item that looks amazing on a plate, but is really simple to throw together in just a few steps.

INGREDIENTS
wet ingredients
1 1/2 cups soy or almond milk
1 tsp coconut or apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer
pinch of salt
1 TB melted Earth Balance

dry ingredients
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 TB corn flour
1-2 TB sugar

for serving
2 TB chives, chopped
1/2 cup Tofutti Sour Cream
IKEA caviar

METHOD
Whisk the vegan milk, vinegar and baking soda together in a glass measuring cup. Allow it so sit for about 10 minutes to thicken, then whisk in the rest of the ingredients.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the flours and sugar. Make a well in the middle and pour the wet ingredients into it. Stir slowly and gently until combined. Don't overstir or the pancakes will be tough. If you have time, let the batter sit for 20 minutes or so before you make the pancakes (although this isn't necessary).

Preheat a griddle over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes.

While you are waiting for the griddle to preheat, combine the chives with the vegan sour cream and set aside.

Once the griddle is ready, spray it with a little cooking spray. Ladle the batter onto the hot griddle using a tablespoon. After 2-3 minutes, flip them and let the other side brown for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Top the pancakes with the prepared Tofutti/chive mixture and finish with a bit of the IKEA caviar.







































20 comments:

  1. I had no idea that IKEA had such goodies! Thanks for the tip, I will have to drop in and check out their grocery section

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  2. i LOVE that second photo! the savory pancakes look delicious and how awesome is it that ikea sells vegan caviar?? i had caviar once when i was really young, maybe 6 or 8. all i really remember is that it was salty.

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    1. Thanks Caitlin! Jeff took that with a new upgraded lens, and he is super-excited about it! (so am I!)

      I know, I was surprised to see the caviar among all of the other fishy products at IKEA, and just baffled (but delighted) they have this product!

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  3. I, admittedly, don't go to IKEA for the furniture - I go there for the grocery. They always have such great snacks! Also digging that second photo - I'm due for a new lens soon ;)

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    1. I know, isn't the grocery section amazing? And I love that IKEA's food is so cheap -- I also brought a ton of bread and jelly on that trip for about ten bucks!

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  4. You've inspired me to go to Ikea! I love how you took an item and conjured up a beautiful dish. I wish I had the same price...1.99. I see in the link its now $29.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! For some reason, that link is the only one I could find with product info, and it's Hong Kong-based, so that $29 price is definitely way off -- this stuff is super-cheapo in the US! : )

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  5. Looks fancy! I had vegan caviar before (never had the real thing). It didn't have much flavor--it was more like salty mini bubble tea! :)

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  6. This looks fantastic!!!!!!! Pinning this one for later.

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  7. The pictures are so gorgeous! I never had vegan caviar, but you made me curious. But I bed your pancakes are awesome without it, too.

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  8. this looks amazing!! and i need to try that caviar! i never had real caviar but i love trying vegetarian alternatives to meat foods!

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  9. I love these fancy-pants corn pancakes! They look so delicious! And with that vegan caviar, I feel like these should be enjoyed with some vegan champagne! Let's break out the crystal and fine china! :-)

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  10. These look great, I definitely want to give them a try! Can you clarify the dry ingredients for me? I assume that "1 1/4 flour" means one and a quarter CUPS of flour? Any particular kind of flour? The recipe is called "Savory Corn Pancakes"--does the title flavor come from that 1 TB corn flour? Does one tbsp corn flour influence the flavor/texture that much, or is there another corn ingredient I'm missing? And finally, I am about 5 hours' drive from the nearest IKEA, can you suggest a substitute that might provide a similar flavor effect? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! I corrected the recipe to reflect cups for the flour. The corn flour gives it a slight cornbread taste/texture, but I suspect if you leave it out, the pancakes would still taste really good.

      These also taste great with syrup! As far as finding caviar, another company by the name of Cavi-Art Caviar produces some,
      but I've never tried it: http://www.amazon.com/Cavi-Art-Kelp-Caviar-Salmon-ounce/dp/B007NE0K7E

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  11. oh my, you always make such interesting things. the pancakes with the delicate caviar. i have never had caviar real or not, so this should be interesting.

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    1. Thanks Richa! I think vegan caviar is so intriguing -- there are so many ways to make it and so many things to put it on!

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  12. So jealous you could find vegan caviar! I'd have to special order some from a company in Quebec and shipping is ridiculous!

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  13. Wait, what? Vegan caviar at Ikea?! I should have looked more closely at their food section, as I thought it was all Swedish meatballs. Was it worth the price, in your opinion?

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    1. Becky, I found the caviar for $1.99, so it was definitely worth the price!

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