Advertisement

Classic Ham And Cheese Crepes Recipe

cheese and ham crepes on plate
cheese and ham crepes on plate - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Experience the timeless charm of French cuisine with these classic ham and cheese crepes brought to us by recipe developer Catherine Brookes. Rich and satisfying, these crepes feature a delicious blend of savory ham and creamy Gruyère cheese wrapped in a tender, golden exterior. Perfect for any occasion -- whether it's a leisurely brunch or a cozy dinner at home -- these crepes are versatile and sure to impress. With just a handful of basic ingredients and a few easy steps, you can create a comforting, elegant dish that's full of savory flavor.

Begin by whisking together the batter, allowing it to rest for a few minutes while you prepare the filling. Then, with a sizzle of butter and oil in a hot frying pan, pour in the batter, swirling it to create a thin, even layer. The fun part is adding those tasty fillings. A sprinkle of shredded Gruyère cheese and diced ham tops one half of the crepe, and the heat of the pan works its magic to melt the cheese to gooey perfection as you fold the crepe over. We love to top the final product with a flourish of fresh chopped chives for extra visual appeal.

Read more: How To Get More Flavor From Your Coffee Pods & Other Keurig Hacks

What Ingredients Will I Need For These Cheese And Ham Crepes?

cheese and ham crepe ingredients
cheese and ham crepe ingredients - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

For the classic crepe batter, you'll need just 4 basic ingredients -- that's eggs, all-purpose flour, milk, and water. To fry the crepes, grab some vegetable oil and butter. Butter gives a rich flavor, and adding a little oil (which has a higher smoke point) prevents the butter from burning in the hot pan. Finally, for the filling, there's diced ham and shredded Gruyère cheese.

Step 1: Mix Flour And Eggs

crepe batter in bowl
crepe batter in bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add the flour, eggs, and a splash of the milk to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

Step 2: Add Milk And Water

crepe batter in bowl
crepe batter in bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Gradually add the remaining milk, followed by the water, whisking as you go. Set aside for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Heat Butter And Oil

butter and oil melting in pan
butter and oil melting in pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.

Step 4: Add Crepe Batter

crepe in frying pan
crepe in frying pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Reduce the heat to medium and pour the crepe batter into the pan, swirling it around as you go until the whole base of the pan is covered.

Step 5: Cook And Flip

crepe in frying pan
crepe in frying pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Cook for about 2 minutes, then flip over with a spatula.

Step 6: Add Cheese And Ham

Cheese and ham crepe in pan
Cheese and ham crepe in pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Sprinkle shredded Gruyère cheese and diced ham over one half of the crepe.

Step 7: Fold In Half

folded crepe in frying pan
folded crepe in frying pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Fold the crepe in half over the cheese and ham, and allow the cheese to melt for 1 minute.

Step 8: Fold Again

folded crepe in pan
folded crepe in pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Fold the crepe again into a quarter.

Step 9: Garnish And Serve

cheese and ham crepes on plate
cheese and ham crepes on plate - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Serve, garnished with some fresh chopped chives, if desired.

Can You Use Other Types Of Cheese In This Classic Ham And Cheese Crepe Recipe?

cheese and ham crepes on plate
cheese and ham crepes on plate - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

While Gruyère cheese adds a distinct, nutty flavor and creamy texture to the classic ham and cheese crepe recipe, you can of course experiment with other cheese options here. Feel free to customize your crepes according to your taste preferences or what you have on hand in your kitchen.

One popular alternative to Gruyère is Swiss cheese, which shares similar characteristics in terms of flavor and melting properties. Its mild, slightly sweet taste pairs wonderfully with the saltiness of the ham. For those who prefer a sharper cheese flavor, consider using cheddar or aged gouda. These cheeses can add a bolder, tangier note to the crepes. If you're feeling adventurous, why not try a combination of different cheeses? Mixing and matching cheeses such as mozzarella, provolone, or even blue cheese can create an exciting medley of flavors. For a more decadent twist, you could even trying incorporating ultra-creamy cheeses like brie or camembert for even more richness. So, go ahead and explore the endless possibilities of cheese with this versatile recipe!

What Can I Serve With Cheese And Ham Crepes?

two cheese and ham crepes
two cheese and ham crepes - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

These savory crepes are delicious served alone, but there are also many complementary sides that can transform the recipe into a more well-rounded meal. For a light and refreshing pairing, try serving your crepes alongside a crisp arugula and tomato salad, perhaps tossed with a light, tangy vinaigrette to balance the richness of the cheese. Alternatively, you can opt for roasted or steamed vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, or bell peppers. Their vibrant colors and earthy flavors add depth to the dish while providing a healthy dose of nutrients. Or, for a heartier meal, you can't go wrong with roasted potatoes or hash browns.

A range of sauces and dressings also make a great topping for the crepes. Try adding a drizzle of ketchup or balsamic glaze, or go all out with a luscious, creamy hollandaise sauce. If you're hosting a brunch or breakfast gathering, consider offering a selection of fresh fruit on the side. Slices of juicy melon, berries, or citrus segments provide a refreshing palate cleanser and a burst of sweetness that complements the savory crepes beautifully. Whichever pairings you choose, these crepes are sure to be the star of any breakfast plate.

Classic Ham And Cheese Crepes Recipe

two plates of crepes
two plates of crepes - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Prep Time: 15mCook Time: 30mYield: 6 crepesIngredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • ⅓ cup water

  • 6 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded

  • 4 ounces ham, diced

  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Optional Ingredients

  • Fresh chopped chives, to garnish

Directions

  1. Add the flour, eggs, and a splash of the milk to a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Gradually add the remaining milk, followed by the water, whisking as you go. Set aside for 10 minutes.

  3. Heat the butter and oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium and pour the crepe batter into the pan, swirling it around as you go until the whole base of the pan is covered.

  5. Cook for about 2 minutes, then flip over with a spatula.

  6. Sprinkle shredded Gruyère cheese and diced ham over one half of the crepe.

  7. Fold the crepe in half over the cheese and ham, and allow the cheese to melt for 1 minute.

  8. Fold the crepe again into a quarter.

  9. Serve, garnished with some fresh chopped chives, if desired.

Read the original article on Mashed.