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Crispy Scallion Pancakes

These flaky pancakes are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Sliced into wedges, hey are the perfect complement to saucy Chinese food, or great as an appetizer. I love to make a few batches of the dough at a time and freeze them for a homemade Chinese "take-out" night.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting work surface
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Up to 1/4 cup toasted sesame seed oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced scallion greens
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • for serving: 1/3 cup honey soy dipping sauce (recipe below)

Instructions

  • Place flour in bowl of food processor (see note). With processor running, slowly drizzle in about 3/4 of boiling water. Process for 15 seconds. If dough does not come together and ride around the blade, drizzle in more water a tablespoon at a time until it just comes together. Transfer to a floured work surface and knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to overnight in the fridge.
  • Divide dough into four even pieces and roll each into a smooth ball. Working one ball at a time, roll out into a disk roughly 8-inches in diameter on a lightly floured surface. Using a pastry brush, paint a very thin layer of sesame oil over the top of the disk. Roll disk up like a jelly roll, then twist roll into a tight spiral, tucking the end underneath. Flatten gently with your hand, then re-roll into an 8-inch disk.
  • Paint with another layer or sesame oil, sprinkle with 1/2 cup scallions, and roll up like a jelly roll again. Twist into a spiral, flatten gently, and re-roll into a 7-inch disk. Repeat steps two and three with remaining pancakes.
  • Heat oil in an 8-inch nonstick or cast-iron over medium-high heat until shimmering and carefully slip pancake into the hot oil. Cook, shaking the pan gently until first side is an even golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula or tongs (be careful not to splash the oil), and continue to cook, shaking pan gently, until second side is even golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Season with salt, cut into 6 wedges. Serve immediately with sauce for dipping. Repeat with remaining 3 pancakes.

Notes

These freeze extremely well. After rolling them out, but before cooking, place each pancake between pieces of wax paper and freeze flat. When you are ready to cook, they just need to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes before you throw them into an oiled pan. (They may need an extra minute or two to cook on each side.)
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Recipe adapted only slightly from Extra Flaky Scallion Pancakes shared at Serious Eats (although I've posted the recipe below, I highly recommend checking out this article, as it contains just about the best step-by-step photos that a scallion pancake-loving girl could ever ask for).