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With kale and leeks and other healthy delicious stuff too!

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I figured the title was long enough as is, so I actually left a few things out. Wow, I didn’t even know that was possible for me to do. You know how much I like to come up with the most ridiculous recipe titles ever.

I actually think it has become a “talent” of mine.

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok, ok, ok, BUT you guys. I am so out of the real world. This is totally random, but I know like nothing about anything anymore. I mean, ask me anything about food and I can probably talk for hours, but when it comes to the real world and what’s going on, I know nothing.

And things like pop culture? Oh my gosh. So out of it.

I just watched the half time show on You Tube because everyone was talking about it and I felt like I should I should at least watch it so that I can be a part of the conversations. Oh, and I watched it on You Tube because at the moment, I have zero televisions in my place…hence the not knowing anything about anything.

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Anyway, I watched the halftime show and for the whole twelve minutes, I was thinking “what the heck is this”?  I mean, I knew it was Katy Perry and I knew Lenny Kravitz and I knew Missy Elliot, but umm basically I was lost the whole freaking time.

Like what’s with all the glitter and sparkles? This may be the tomboy in me shinning through, but whoa. There was a lot of glitter going on.

I have to say though, I give all those performers major props. I’m looking at the giant stadium thinking, what if she messed up? I’d be horrified. All those people? Yikes! So job well done to all of them if you ask me.

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

My point is though, I think I need to get back into the world a bit. I used to be so up on things. Now I just spend my free time taking a million and one photos of blood oranges (oh yeah, just wait for it…they are coming!).

I have been expanding my music horizons though. Pandora has been playing a lot lately. My brother says I should try Spotify though? Should I?

Even had a few hours of classic rock playing while my dad was here helping me do the dishes (yup, he’s the best). Thinking this brought him back to his teenage days, he was lovin it. The Eagles, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin (did I ever tell you the story about how little miss Asher, was almost little miss Zeppelin??)…he told me all about them. I mean, I obviously knew about the bands because they’re classic, but ya know, it was good father daughter bonding time.

And hey, it made cleaning actually not that bad. Nice.

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

And now, changing subjects.

I’ve got Greek feta chickpea pancake fritters guys!!

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

I am calling them pancake fritters because I feel like they are cross between the two. Soft like a pancake, but still crispy like a fritter. I filled them with caramelized leeks and kale and then used a new to me ingredient, chickpea flour. It just makes the pancakes a little hearty and the perfect texture.

Plus, it also leaves them gluten-free and totally healthy. Yeah!!

Oh and the feta. Gosh, I think I eat Greek food just for the feta. So good.

I topped the pancakes with a poached egg and some olive tapenade. The egg creates an awesome sauce and the tapenade adds so much flavor. I actually used an anchovy in the tapenade, but don’t freak out about it. I promise, it only adds delicious flavor. Nothing fishy, just goodness!!

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 858 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium leek white and pale-green parts only, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups kale finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • fresh parsley and oregano chopped
  • 4 poached eggs or eggs cooked to your liking

Olive Tapenade

  • 1 cup kalamata olive
  • 1 cup green olives
  • 1/4 cup oil packed sun-dried oil drained
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 1 anchovy fillet finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil + oregano chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon

Instructions

  • To make the olive tapenade, add the kalamata olive, green olive, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, anchovy, basil and oregano to a food processor or blender. Pulse until finely chopped and then stream in the olive oil and lemon juice. Season with pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • To make the pancakes, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Add the leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until leek is softened and starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the kale and season again. Cook, stirring often, until kale is cooked through and softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a plate and let cool. Wipe out skillet and set aside for later.
  • Whisk the egg, yogurt, 1/3 cup water, chickpea flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Season with pepper and let sit 5 minutes. Stir the vegetables and feta into batter just to coat.
  • Heat a little olive oil in reserved skillet over medium-high. Add batter, 1/3 cup at a time, to make 4 pancakes, gently flattening to about ¼” thick. Batter should spread easily, if it doesn’t, just thin with a little water. Cook until bottoms are lightly browned and bubbles form on top, about 4 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip pancakes over and cook until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate and tent with a sheet of foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve pancakes topped with poached eggs, olive tapenade, parsley, oregano, sea salt, and pepper. Oh and extra feta of course!!
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Greek Feta Chickpea Pancake Fritters with Poached Eggs + Olive Tapenade | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

So I think I need a big ole plate of these fritters… and a side of the Newspaper. Yup.

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  1. in the second paragraph of the recipe you wrote- Cook, stirring often, until squash is cooked through and softened, about 4 minutes.– you wrote “squash” did you mean kale? I did not see squash in the ingredient list? Thanks

  2. I’m right there with ya. Totally out of touch, totally classic rock, and totally need more pancake fritters in my life 🙂 You’re the best!!

  3. I am so the same way about current events. So lost. These pancake fritters sound divine! I love all the different flavors you’ve thrown in!

  4. These look right up my ally! I have already used chickpea flour and I’m a fan. I’m one of those weirdos who doesn’t like Feta, so I would use Creme Fraiche or Goat cheese.

  5. I love all of these greek flavors..feta, kalamata olives…so good..I love salty more than sweet this recipe has to be made…Just buy People magazine and it will keep you up to date on everything that’s going on..they touch a little on every topic it will keep you current you can even get it on line.

  6. Awesome Greek flavors going on in these fritters! And yea…the halftime show was out there or so I thought. The crazy thing is that now I’ve heard that no kids knew Missy Elliot. I had to laugh at that one.

  7. As a Greek I highly approve of these! Yum! And yes, you should definitely give Spotify a try. It’s helped me discover so many new favorite songs and artists!

    1. I like listening to Oldies too even though we lost our only Oldies station in town which made me sad =( And I have no problem listening to Christmas year round.

      During the halftime show, I felt the same as you. Lots of glitter. But that Geico commercial with Salt N Pepa nearly made me pee my pants. I laugh every time I see it. Anyhow, another win recipe from you. Beautifully presented. Poached eggs are the best and I appreciate how you stuffed lots of healthy kale in here too. Glad you thought of it because cooking “Is all Greek to me”

  8. This is amazing! I am totally not a social media/tV/music person. I have not updated my play list in almost 3 years and I only found out Mean tweets yesterday.
    I could sure use this on a sunday morning for brunch. Nothing like runny egg on Sunday 🙂

    1. HAHA! I am so the very same way. No time for it and I don’t really care I guess..

      Thanks Belinda!! 🙂 Oh and yay for a runny egg!!