Merguez and Spinach Sourdough Pancakes

Merguez and Spinach Sourdough PancakesIt is established fact that pancakes are extremely effective vehicles for flavour. However, I often find that “normal” British pancakes – essentially crepes – are better suited to sweet, rather than savoury, toppings. Sourdough pancakes are a little different; their inherent “sourness” combines exceedingly well with savoury accompaniments – particularly those with strong flavours. Pancakes have never really ‘done it’ for me, that is, until these battery beauties found their way onto my plate.

The combination of sausage and pancake had, of course, presented itself to me long before this recipe came about. However, it wasn’t until I read this recipe, penned by Tom and Henry Herbert (aka the – fabulous – Baker Brothers), that the union of the two piqued my interest. Merguez is a variety of spicy mutton or beef based sausage, typically eaten in North African cuisine. Though not necessarily in themselves frugal, two or three of these heavily spiced bangers can be made to go rather far.

Merguez and Spinach Sourdough Pancakes

Spinach seemed like the natural addition to sausage and pancake – it has a flavour that can compete with the best and provides the dish with much needed lightness. However, a number of other greens would work just, or nearly, as well. Kale or a rugged wintry cabbage, such as January King, are just two of my suggested replacements for spinach and ones that would serve to lower the price of the dish even further. Just stick with the butter, always stick with the butter.

Merguez and Spinach Sourdough Pancakes

Serves 2


• 1 batch of sourdough pancakes

• Two large handfuls of fresh spinach

• 3 thin merguez sausages

• A large knob of salted butter

• Pepper

• Olive oil


1. As you’re getting towards the end of making your pancakes, heat a heavy based frying pan and a little oil. Slice the sausages into 1.5cm chunks and begin to fry.

2. Cook the sausages until they start turning crispy. In another pan heat up a knob of butter and wilt the spinach along with a twist of pepper. After a minute or two, before the spinach goes to nothing, add it to the sausages and serve atop stacks of pancakes.

Merguez and Spinach Sourdough Pancakes

Cost: Sourdough pancakes are exceedingly cheap, particularly as they avoid the unnecessary waste of starter. Merguez sausages can be a little pricey, but they go so far it isn’t really an issue. All in all, this delightful breakfast for two should set one back no more than about £2.80!

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55 comments on “Merguez and Spinach Sourdough Pancakes

  1. soffiagudrun
    March 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    mmmm sweet! I am in love with sour dough. I was just working on the photo for the Merguez I had the other day, made from an Icelandic lamb.

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Isn’t it an amazing sausage? Really easy to photograph too.

  2. susanevershed
    March 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I’d like to hit the “like” button, but I can’t find it anymore!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Sorry – I’ve decided to do away with it 😀

  3. albertocook
    March 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I love this

  4. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    March 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Spinach on your pancakes is original

  5. Granny
    March 21, 2013 at 12:17 am

    You could be a chef at a restaurant!

  6. musingmar
    March 21, 2013 at 12:34 am

    You’re making me think and consider new options! I’ve always leaned toward the pancake as a vehicle for things sweet, but why should’t it bravely deliver a savoury bite? This dish looks striking, and I can imagine that it tastes just as good!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 21, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Exactly! I don’t like sweet pancakes nearly as much…

  7. misfitol
    March 21, 2013 at 4:26 am

    HMM! Spinach as a pancake topper! This I have to try 🙂 thanks!

  8. saucygander
    March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I love the photo, the colours just pop. Merguez and sourdough pancakes sound delicious.

  9. savorysouthern
    March 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Wonderful idea! Kinda like chicken and waffles that is the latest food craze but I like pancakes better!

  10. ultraswimfast
    March 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm


  11. ohlidia
    March 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Gosh that looks so freakin good! Perfect Spring meal, no? Now if only it would hurry up and get here!!

  12. Karista
    March 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I thought I’d lost you!! I kept clicking on the link on my blog and the last post was March 5th. So I googled you and realized I forgot to change the link url. Phew! These look delicious Frugal as does your new site! Happy almost weekend 🙂

    • Admin
      March 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      THANK YOU! You totally alerted me to the fact my old blog was no longer redirecting – all fixed (at a price of $13). Thank you!

      • Karista
        March 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂

  13. Our Growing Paynes
    March 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I was wondering why we weren’t seeing any posts! Glad that was fixed. 🙂

  14. Sacha
    March 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Lovely recipe and beautiful photos of the dish. Merguez is my favorite of all the sausage varieties–and that’s saying a lot!

  15. Carolyn Chan
    March 22, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I love the idea of sourdough pancakes with savoury food and the Merguez and spinach look delicious alone – let alone on top of pancakes !

  16. Somer
    March 22, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Oh my gosh, the photo of your last sourdough pancakes with the butter all melty on top was enough to do me in! These look fabulous. Your photography gets better and better all the time Nick 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      Hehe – thanks, Somer! That’s very nice 🙂

  17. FarAway Peach Garden (世外桃源)
    March 24, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Got a question for you Frugal Feeding: Now that you’re hosting your own site, do you still see your postings shows up on WordPress Reader?

    I just switched and I no longer see my posting on the Reader anymore…

    • frugalfeeding
      March 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Install the jetpack plug in, ask WordPress to transfer your readers – problem solved!

      • FarAway Peach Garden (世外桃源)
        March 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm

        Thank you Frugal for getting back to me!! I did the same, but mine is still not showing on Reader. One WordPress Happiness Engineer is subscribing to my blog to troubleshoot. Talk about service! Until next post… 🙂 BTW, my hubby was very impressed with this recipe of yours…

        • frugalfeeding
          March 31, 2013 at 4:32 pm

          Not at all! That’s strange! I’m pretty sure mine is… I’m glad he liked it!

  18. Sabeen
    March 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Never tried savoury pancakes,might have to convert, that looks yum!!

  19. spree
    March 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Your sourdough cakes I must try! Though sausage is not my thing, I can appreciate how delicious a dish this would make for some!

    • frugalfeeding
      March 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      You must! Nooooooo, the spinach you would like!

  20. fvalentin3
    March 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I made these yesterday and they were AHmazing. Even better, now I have an excuse to make emergency pancakes when I don’t get around to using my starter for bread!

  21. Kim Bultman
    March 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I second the vote on always butter. 🙂

  22. Daisy
    March 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    My gosh! Those pancakes and sausage are mouthwateringly delicious! Love this.


    • frugalfeeding
      March 28, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks – it was such a delicious breakfast!

  23. Joanna James
    March 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’m so sad I only discovered these pancakes after abandoning my rather long-in-the-tooth starter a few weeks ago, darn it! These look delicious… Thanks for liking my congee post – a very Frugal dish indeed 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      March 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Long-in-the-tooth is fine with starters though! Get a new one 😀

  24. midihideaways
    March 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Looks gorgeous!! Somehow I’m missing the “like” button, have you decided to drop that?

  25. Pete Denton
    March 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

    They look delicious 🙂

  26. buildingmybento
    May 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for liking my post about Mexican street food! Have you found a few decent (and cheap) Mexican restaurants in England?

    Have you heard of a Tunisian dish called labladi? I recently came back from a short trip to Tunis and now that’s my new favorite Maghreb dish.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

      No problem – I’ve tried one called Wahaca (Oaxaca) in London. It’s not exclusively Mexican, but it is cheap and delicious. Never heard of that dish, but I’ll definitely look it up!

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