Paleo scallion pancakes…

Scallion pancakes are one of my favorite appetizers. I often buy the Trader Joe’s frozen version which are delicious. Recently I saw a paleo version on Nom Nom Paleo’s website and decided I needed to give them a try. I never heard of cassava flour or arrowroot before but did some research and found them both at a local Wegman’s. The scallion pancakes were relatively easy to make but at the same time it is relatively easy to buy non-paleo ones :). It was still fun to make and below is the recipe.

  • 1 cup of cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 boiling water
  • 1 cup of thinly slice green scallions
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Salt
  • 4 sheets of wax or parchment paper about 12-18 inches in length
  • Grape seed oil or another light cooking oil
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cassava flour, arrowroot powder, and 2 punches of salt.
  2. Slowly add in the boiling water to make a dough ball. Knead the dough with your hands until it’s not sticky. Note that this will be fairly hot so be careful and you may need to use a spoon to help in the kneading.
  3. Split up the dough into four equal pieces and roll into four smaller balls.
  4. Grab one sheet of wax or parchment paper, fold over in half, take one of the balls and put in between and use the rolling pin to thinly roll out the dough. Do so for all four balls.
  5. Spread half a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil on the dough and place a handful of scallions on top with a pinch of salt.
  6. Roll up the dough and scallions like a fruit roll up. Then roll up the dough again similar to a cinnamon roll. Put back in between the wax paper and roll out so that the scallions are imbedded in the dough like below.
  7. Add three or so tablespoons of grape see oil in a frying pan and fry the pancakes for about 5 minutes each side.
  8. Once the pancakes are thoroughly cooked, place on a paper towel and pick up any leftover grease. Serve with coconut aminos as a dipping sauce. You could use soy sauce if you’re not trying to eat paleo (which might defeat the purpose of making paleo scallion pancakes).

Done and done! These turned out super tasty and while they were fun to make, not sure I would make on a regular basis. Now to find other things to make using cassava flour!

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