Helen Brownings Organics

Pork & tomato crespelle with basil oil

Serves 2–4

Pork & tomato crespelle with basil oil

Serves 2–4

For the steaks


2 eggs

200ml milk

120g flour

50g melted butter for finishing the crepes

Step 1

To make the crepes, put the eggs milk and flour into a food processor (or use a hand blender….or even a balloon whisk and good old-fashioned elbow grease!) and whiz until the mixture is smooth

Step 2

Season with a little salt.

Step 3

Pour the mixture into a jug, and leave it to stand for 30 minutes

For the basil oil


120ml extra virgin olive oil

Large handful fresh basil

Juice ½ lemon

1 fat clove garlic, peeled

Step 1

In the meantime, give the processor or blender a wash.

Step 2

Whiz all the ingredients for the basil oil together until they are evenly blended and have a dressing-like consistency.

For the pork filling


3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

250g Helen Browning’s minced pork

50ml white wine

400g tin chopped tomatoes

250g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tsp caster sugar

100g button mushrooms, finely sliced

Large handful freshly torn basil

Step 1

To make the pork filling, pour the oil into a large frying pan and add the onion and garlic.

Step 2

Cook over a low heat until softened but not coloured. Add the pork mince.

Step 3

Turn up the heat and fry for about 5 minutes, until the mince has browned.

Step 4

Add the wine, and cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, the cherry tomatoes and the sugar.

Step 5

Add the mushrooms and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lower the heat again and leave the mixture to bubble for about 25-30 minutes, until the mixture is nice and sticky and reduced.

Step 6

Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6.

Step 7

Lightly butter a non-stick frying pan and set over a medium to high heat. Give the batter a stir. Pour a small amount of batter into the pan, tilting the pan to spread the mixture evenly across the entire base.

Step 8

Add a little more batter if you have any holes.

Step 9

Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the pancake is golden on the underside and bubbles have started to appear on the surface.

Step 10

Using a palette knife, gently loosen the pancake around the edges and flip it over. Cook for another minute, until golden brown.

Step 11

Lightly brush an ovenproof dish with a little more of the melted butter.

Step 12

Lay a crepe out flat on a clean work surface and spoon some of the pork filling into the centre. Fold into a flat square shaped parcel and place in the buttered dish. Repeat with the remaining crepes and filling, until everything is used up.

Step 13

Trickle any remaining butter over the top of the crepes and bale for about 20 minutes, until crisp and golden.

Step 14

Serve the crespelle with a little basil oil drizzled over the top, alongside a nice fresh salad. Wilted spinach goes really well too!