Savory Meat-Filled Crepe Gratin

Indulge in the comforting flavors of this savory crepe gratin, filled with seasoned minced meat and enveloped in a delicate crepe batter. This dish combines the elegance of French cuisine with the hearty satisfaction of a meaty filling, all baked to perfection with a golden, gratinated top. It’s a versatile recipe that can serve as a delightful main course or a sophisticated appetizer.

Crepe Batter Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water

Filling Ingredients:

  • 500g minced meat (beef, pork, or a mix)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • Herbs (parsley, thyme, or basil), chopped
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For Gratin:

  • 1 cup grated cheese (Gruyère, mozzarella, or your choice)
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (optional for extra crunch)


  1. Prepare the Crepe Batter:
    • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    • Gradually mix in the vegetable oil and warm water, stirring continuously until the batter is smooth. Let it rest for about 20 minutes.
  2. Cook the Crepes:
    • Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Pour a small amount of batter into the center, tilting the pan to spread it thinly.
    • Cook until the edges lift from the pan, flip, and cook the other side briefly. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
  3. Prepare the Meat Filling:
    • In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion and garlic until translucent.
    • Add the minced meat, breaking it apart with a spoon. Cook until browned.
    • Season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Stir in the tomato sauce and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Assemble the Crepes:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Place a spoonful of the meat filling in the center of each crepe, fold it into quarters, and arrange them in a greased baking dish.
  5. Gratinate:
    • Sprinkle the grated cheese (and breadcrumbs, if using) over the filled crepes.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  6. Serve:
    • Let the gratin cool slightly before serving. This dish pairs wonderfully with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

Enjoy your homemade Savory Meat-Filled Crepe Gratin, a dish that promises to transport your taste buds to the heart of French culinary tradition with every bite.