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Ficelle Picarde
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Ficelle picarde is traditional recipe from the North of France, which consists in a crepe filled with mushroom and creme fraiche, topped with cheese and finished in the oven.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 crepes
Author: Mike Benayoun
For the ficelles picardes
  • 8 crepes (recipe below)
  • lb mushrooms
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 shallots
  • 1 cup creme fraiche
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 8 oz. gruyere cheese , grated
  • 8 slices ham
For the crepes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • Butter
Ficelle Picarde
  1. Finely chop mushrooms and shallots separately.
  2. In a large hot skillet, melt the butter. Add shallots and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and stir well. Let the liquid evaporate as much as possible for at least 20 minutes .
  4. At the end of cooking, add the white wine and continue to reduce until the liquid evaporates again.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the sour cream while stirring.
  6. Lay a crepe on a plate. Place the slice of ham. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of duxelles preparation and spread it over the surface of the ham. Roll the crepe. Place in an ovenproof baking dish.
  7. Repeat with the other crepes and put them side by side in the dish.
  8. Top with grated gruyere cheese and bake in an preheated oven at 400F/200C for 6 to 8 minutes until the cheese is melted and browning.

  9. Serve hot.
  1. Beat eggs in a bowl.
  2. Add the flour and continue beating.
  3. Pour the milk gradually in order to obtain a liquid and thick paste without lumps.
  4. In a skillet over medium heat, melt a small knob of butter.
  5. Pour a ladleful of batter into the pan.
  6. Lift the pan and quickly pour the batter over the entire surface.
  7. After 2 minutes, flip the crepe and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the batter.