These succulent Swiss Chard Pancakes are known in French as “Farçous”. They hail from Aveyron, a lesser-known region in Occitanie, in South-Central France. Sparsely populated and left mostly unspoiled with wild pastures and picturesque hamlets, Aveyron is often refered to as “La France Profonde” (the deep France). But its cuisine is anything but ho-hum, with many local specialties being staples all throughout Southern France, including the world-famous Pommes Aligot, Gâteau à la Broche and these little Farçous.
These Swiss Chard Pancakes (Farçous) are very popular in markets and street fairs. And of course, there are likely as many recipes for them as there are grandmothers in Aveyron. Along with Swiss Chard, they are often also filled with ground pork or beef, and complemented with herbs like dill, chives or leafy greens like spinach, dandelions or kale.
I chose to keep this recipe fairly simple, with only Swiss Chard and a few parsley sprigs. The pancakes are crispy on the outside and deliciously creamy on the inside. They taste green, yet so satisfying.
They make a lovely starter to share, or even a meal alongside a salad. In Aveyron, they are traditionally enjoyed with some fruit jam, but I think they are also fabulous with a dollop of sour cream or crème fraiche on top.
I hope you enjoy these Swiss Chard Pancakes (Farçous) as much as I do!
Any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
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1 small onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 large eggs
½ cup (122ml) milk (2% or whole)
½ cup (62.5g) all-purpose flour
½ baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper.
1 bunch Swiss chard (about 200-250g), stemmed (green parts only)
10-12 parsley sprigs, stemmed.
Vegetable oil, for frying.
Step 1 - Grate the onion (with a cheese grater) or chop it very finely. In a mixing bowl, combine the onion, crushed garlic, eggs and milk. Whisk with a fork to combine.
Step 2 - In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and pepper. Add to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.
Step 3 - Wash and chop the Swiss chard leaves and parsley very finely, and fold them into the egg/flour mixture.
Step 4 - In a large frying pan, heat up about ¼ cup of oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is sizzling, pour about ½ cup of batter onto the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on both sides until golden brown. Transfer the pancake onto a plate lined with paper towel and sprinkle with salt; the pancake will slightly deflate as it cools. Repeat until no batter is left.
Enjoy warm, with sour cream or crème fraiche.
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