May 15, 2017
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When I'm out to brunch, the allure of the Dutch baby calls. I'm a sucker for the dish's delicious, puffy showmanship. What I don't always enjoy is super-sweet breakfast food; filling up on a sweet meal on top of the necessary mimosa leaves me hungry (or hangry!) an hour later.

This is why brunching at home yields a big advantage: You can make your oven pancake however you like and share it with your friends. I recently made my first savory Dutch baby, and I'll never go back to sweet. The possibilities are endless! Here's a few tips to take your Dutch baby savory.

Best Savory Dutch Baby. Photo by AR Cally

First, you want to start with a Dutch baby base. Simply alter a sweet recipe by taking out the sugar in the batter and add enough salt to give it some flavor. Your savory options are two-fold: Filling and toppings.

Flavoring your filling is a great way to add extra flavor to take your pancake to the extreme.

  • Fresh or Dried Herbs
  • Cheese
  • Spices

Use your toppings to complement the filling.

  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Veggies
  • Fresh Herbs


Learn how to make a Dutch baby.


5 flavor ideas to get you started:

1) Diner Breakfast:

  • Filling - Standard savory batter
  • Topping - Bacon and eggs your way. Hash browns optional.

2) Ratatouille:

  • Filling - Oregano and Parmesan cheese
  • Topping - Roasted eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini. Shaved Parmesan cheese.

3) Italian:

  • Filling - Fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese
  • Topping - Cooked Italian sausage, marinara, and mozzarella. Pop under the broiler to get the cheese all melty.

4) Caprese

  • Filling - Pesto (just a bit!)
  • Topping - Tomato, freshly torn basil, and mozzarella

5) Ultimate Gourmet (my special recipe in the photo above)

  • Filling - Standard savory batter
  • Topping - Over easy egg, sliced ham, ricotta cheese, and shaved Parmesan



Or try a couple savory options from our recipe library:

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