Mini pancake bites with 4 different toppings – perfect party food

“Do you want these mini pancakes? No one’s going to eat them” mum said to me one day. I’ve been staying at my boyfriend’s house lately and mum felt compelled to give me food whenever I was over for dinner. She probably thinks we’re unable to fend for ourselves without some form of help and as a parent she had the duty to do so. That was after taking a whole bag full of other groceries she wanted to offload to me.

For some reason mum bought this big pack of mini pancakes from Costco but realised no one was going to eat them at home and I have a habit of not being able to refuse food when it’s offered to me. So, as a result, Yuye and I had these pancake bites for 2 meals last week.

There are so many names for thin batter cakes – pancakes, pikelets, crumpets, blinis, crepes…did I miss any? The packaging said they were blinis but I thought they were more like mini pancakes which is what I called them. They are perfect as party food or as an afternoon snack (or as a meal if you had that many to finish like me). They are also so versatile that you can practically put anything on them whether it be sweet or savoury. I just used whatever I had in the fridge.

When I realised the cherry tomatoes and zucchini pieces fit perfectly on the mini pancakes I grinned from ear to ear. I was like a child who had just realised the triangle piece from the toy set actually fit into the triangular hole and I was putting more on the pancake just so I could grin some more. I know, the smallest things amuse me.

The pack came with 65 mini pancakes or you can make your own using a pancake recipe and making them small enough to be bite sized (but then there’s no guarantee that the cherry tomatoes and zucchinis will fit exactly. :P)

I enjoyed these bites with a glass of apple cider I purchased from my recent Daylesford trip. These are non-fizzy which make them very easy to drink and they’re not as sweet as most ciders. I will write more about these when I post about the trip soon.

Mini pancake bites with 4 different toppings

Each recipe makes roughly 20-25 bites

Topping 1 – smoked salmon with tomato and cream cheese

Ingredients

– 20-25 mini pancakes
– a few pieces of smoked salmon
– 4 to 5 cherry tomatoes
– cream cheese
– salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Assemble with cream cheese, tomato then salmon and season to taste.

Topping 2 – canned tuna and sun-dried tomatoes

Ingredients

– 20-25 mini pancakes
– 2 cans tuna (I used chilli flavour but any flavour can be used)
– 5-6 pieces of sun dried tomatoes
– coriander for garnish
– salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Roughly chop sun dried tomatoes and mix well with tuna
2. Assemble onto mini pancake. If you used tuna in chilli oil, pour some chilli oil on top or can top with chilli flakes, else top with some olive oil so it’s not as dry.
3. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Topping 3 – baked zucchini with cream cheese

Ingredients

– 20-25 mini pancakes
– 1 medium zucchini (cut into rounds)
– garlic, finely chopped
– cooking oil
– cream cheese
– salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Top zucchini pieces with oil, chopped garlic, salt and pepper then bake for roughly 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.
2. Assemble with cream cheese zucchini and then season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Topping 4 – beetroot relish with cream cheese

Ingredients

– 20-25 mini pancakes
– beetroot relish (or canned beetroot can be used as well)
– cream cheese

Instructions

This one is pretty self explanatory – just spread cream cheese and then top with beetroot relish or chopped beetroot. This one is sweet compared to the others.

I thought of a few alternatives that I could have made but didn’t have the time or ingredients to:

– caramelised onion with goats cheese and figs
– some sort of other poached fruit, like apple or pear and honey
– potato salad
– strawberries (or any berries) with chocolate topping
– crispy skin pork

The list can go on and on.

Question time: What topping would you have with these mini pancake bites?

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39 comments… add one

  • Parsley Sage June 12, 2012, 12:12 am

    Big time party food! These are genius. Cute and delicious :) I especially like the zucchini ones

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  • Ames June 12, 2012, 2:15 am

    How very cute and yummy looking! Wonder if you can get them outside of Costco? Btw, really love the presentation in that last photo, so talented ! :)

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 5:38 pm

      I haven’t actually seen them outside, but they’re quite easy to make if you just use a pancake batter I would think. :) Or else they would be fantastic on crackers as well! :)

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  • Choc Chip Uru June 12, 2012, 7:51 am

    These are incredible! So deliciously cute looking :D
    Awesome post!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  • Barb @ Profiteroles & Ponytails June 12, 2012, 11:58 am

    I am so making these — and I mean all the different versions, because I can’t decide which I like best. A long-time friend just came to visit me from Eastern Canada and brought some smoked salmon — so the timing is perfect to try your mini pancakes. Very inspiring post!

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 5:36 pm

      I’m so glad you like them Barb. :) The salmon one is fantastic if you also have some dill, but my dill plant died so I had to make do. Most things would taste good on these little pancakes! :D

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  • Katie June 12, 2012, 5:36 pm

    Mmmm, what great ideas! In Sweden, where I am living right now, they make thin mini pancakes called plättar and eat them on Thursdays with jam and cream. I love the idea of using savory toppings as well!

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 10:37 pm

      Oooo jam and cream sounds wonderful as well! Sort of like eating scones. :D I might just try that out next time as well. :)

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  • Tania @ A Perfect Pantry June 12, 2012, 7:35 pm

    They are so adorable, and perfect for a party.

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  • Ali June 12, 2012, 8:16 pm

    They look delicious! Have never heard of blini’s before…am going to have to try them out!

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 11:00 pm

      I had never heard of them before they were bought. :P But apparently blinis are thin almost crepe like pancakes so it didn’t sound like these ones.

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  • Joanne June 12, 2012, 9:15 pm

    These are so cute! I love all the different topping ideas though I would probably just dip them into maple syrup. :)

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 11:00 pm

      Haha dipping into maple syrup sounds fantastic!! :D I would totally do that if I had some in my kitchen. :)

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  • thyme (Sarah) June 12, 2012, 10:07 pm

    Wow. Little did you mother know what fabulousness you were going to turn these petite pancakes into! They are adorable and look delicious. I love the variety.

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 11:02 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Yes I don’t think my mother really cares what I do with them, unless if I took some to her after I made them. Maybe I should turn some of the things she gives me into more delicious things so she’d keep giving me food. :P

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  • Rosa June 12, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Wonderful fingerfood! So summery and delicious. Your pictures are beautiful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 12, 2012, 11:13 pm

      Thanks Rosa! I had that when it was actually quite cold, maybe that’s why I liked the warm zucchini one more. :P

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  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles June 12, 2012, 11:01 pm

    Oh, these are so fantastic! I just love this idea for a small bite and your toppings are wonderful inspiration. Talk about a perfect appetizer. Great post and gorgeous photos too!

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  • love2dine June 13, 2012, 2:28 am

    What beautiful photos. I love the mini pancakes.. is so cute. that goes well with a glass of wine.

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  • Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) June 13, 2012, 4:33 am

    such a cute idea! and so yummy!

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  • Charles June 13, 2012, 7:20 am

    Mmm, huge blini fan here! Have you ever tried them with tarama? I guess it’s not to everyone’s liking but it’s a perfect combination. Love your ideas too – that’s some great looking party food there.

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 15, 2012, 12:24 am

      Thanks Charles! I actually had to Google what that was :P and no I haven’t tried blinis with it but I have with Turkish bread!

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  • Joy June 13, 2012, 9:03 am

    Funny how Mums still think you need feeding, whatever your age!

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 15, 2012, 12:22 am

      Yes I know! Very funny sometimes but I totally appreciate it, does make life easier and good to know they care. :D

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  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 13, 2012, 9:27 am

    hahhaa you’re mummy is so cute :) but my parents do the same thing lol they still feed me which is nice cuz that means I save and it’s usually healthier woo hoo ~

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    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 15, 2012, 12:21 am

      My mum’s cooking is actually not all that healthy really. :P She’s pretty used to a lot of oily frying and things but I love her cooking, always very delicious. :)

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  • yummychunklet June 13, 2012, 10:57 am

    What cute and tasty little bites!

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  • tastyfoodsnaps June 13, 2012, 7:09 pm

    ive always had the mini pancakes as a dessert.. this sounds interesting! i would like the zuchini one :)

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  • Sue Finnerty May 3, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Smoked salmon with cream cheese and a bit of chopped chive on top is another great combo. I like the sound of the tuna and sundried tomato. I’ll be putting these toppings on mini toasts for a friend’s 90th birthday!

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