While I was in university, I discovered a new tradition, which I quickly adopted. That tradition? Eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. You may also know this day as Fat Tuesday (aka Mardis Gras, quite literally in French) or Pancake Day. In my opinion, the best pancakes for Shrove Tuesday are savoury ones, eaten for dinner.
However, we have collected several dozen amazing recipes for you to choose amongst.
Rest assured, religion is not a necessary precursor to an annual pancake day tradition!
When Is Shrove Tuesday?
It is the day before Ash Wednesday. Hmm. That probably doesn’t help very much.
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lent season in several Christian denominations. The preceding day, Shrove Tuesday, is a day of self-examination.
The date of Shrove Tuesday changes each year, falling in the 7th week before Easter.
Why Do We Eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?
Personally, I do it for fun, but that is not the answer you’re after. According to Wikipedia, it’s also time to clean up the pantry and larder, from rich, fatty foods, before Lent. Traditional English Shrove Tuesday Pancakes (recipe below) are like a crepe, so can be stuffed with meat, dairy and other rich foods, as well.
Savoury & Veggie Filled Pancake Recipes
A few years ago when I discovered savoury pancakes, I fell in love. While I have always been up for pancakes for dinner, making a savoury recipe makes it that much better.
Easy to Make Pancakes for a Crowd
Save time and produce enough for everyone by trying your hand at one of these bulk-batch pancake recipes. They are particularly handy if you want to make pancakes on a weekday morning.
Gluten Free Pancake Recipes for Shrove Tuesday
Skip the gluten this Shrove Tuesday with one of these gluten free pancake recipes. Find the one that works for the ingredients you have on hand.
International Pancakes to Try Out
There are SO many variations on pancakes, all over the world. Here are a selection you could try, to add some international flair to your Shrove Tuesday.
Vegan Pancake Ideas for Shrove Tuesday
Choose from a wealth of delicious vegan pancake options, including some that pack an extra protein punch and some that are also gluten free. If you need dairy-free or egg-free pancakes, the vegan recipes are where to go.
Other Unique Pancake Recipe Ideas
Here are several more of our favourites, which you might want to add to your favourites list, too.