Brunch can be both sweet and savory when these strawberry, pistachio, and goat cheese crepes are on the menu!
strawberry, pistachio, and goat cheese crepes

In case you thought that Miley Cyrus’s performance at the VMAs couldn’t be topped in terms of shock value.

You obviously haven’t seen the first draft of my wedding invitations.

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At least, according to the.boy’s and my mothers who reacted to our inclusion of accommodation information on the back of the card as if we were suggesting sending little nuggets of crystal meth in the envelopes along with our RSVP cards. Apparently this absolutely must be put on its own separate little card or else absolutely everyone will be offended. Who knew?

(As an aside, I have spent far too much time this weekend watching Breaking Bad. Can you tell?)

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I won’t even tell you their feelings on the fact that we were so bold as to write “NO BOXED GIFTS PLEASE” at the bottom.

But suffice it to say that quite a few four letter words were involved.

Not that I feel like I have to defend myself, but. So long as no one is offering to buy me a bigger apartment to put all of the nonsensical and unwanted items they will undoubtedly think I can’t live without, I reserve the right to reject them outright. Best to give nothing at all than to give something I will just throw out immediately upon returning home, which would just be a waste of time, energy, and money for all parties involved.

You see, I really just have everyone’s best interests at heart.

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Apparently compromise is the name of the game when it comes to not disowning or being disowned throughout the wedding planning process.

So while there will be a separate card for the accommodation information, the “no boxed gifts” line is staying.

Albeit, in a smaller font. Even I can be slightly flexible on occasion.

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A good brunch, just like a good relationship with the maternal figures in one’s life, is also based on compromise.

Sweet and savory elements must be blended in such a way that you get the essence of both breakfast and lunch in every bite, without either being overpowering.

Not to brush my own shoulders off or anything. But these crepes have achieved that perfect ratio.

The crepes themselves have a hint of vanilla sweetness to them that is accented by the strawberries, which are macerated in just a hint of sugar. However, the remaining toppings are all savory. There’s an earthy bitterness from the baby greens, nuttiness from the pistachios, tang from the goat cheese and tart from the balsamic vinegar. If you closed your eyes, you might even think you were eating salad, until that first bite of juicy strawberry or mouthful of crepe hit you.

Then you’d realize, no. This is just what brunch is supposed to taste like. A little of this, a little of that, and a lot of delicious.

Which, coincidentally, is exactly what I expect our wedding to be like.

So long as no one dares to bring a boxed gift.

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Strawberry, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Crepes
 
 
Brunch can be both sweet and savory when these strawberry, pistachio, and goat cheese crepes are on the menu!
Yield: 16 crepes
Ingredients
For the crepes
  • 1½ cups flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
For the filling
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 oz baby greens
  • ¼ cup pistachios, toasted and chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 4 tbsp mosto cotto or other sweet balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil. Slowly whisk the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing until well combined. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, toss the strawberries with the sugar. Let sit while you cook the crepes.
  4. Lightly grease a large nonstick pan or a crepe pan and set over medium heat. Add ⅓ cup of batter to the pan and swirl to coat the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the edges of the crepes start to curl. Flip and cook the other side for 30-45 seconds. Remove from pan and repeat with remaining batter.
  5. Serve crepes topped with the baby greens, strawberries, chopped pistachios, goat cheese and a drizzle of the mosto cotto.
Notes
Crepes adapted from Diethood, Filling is an Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3-4 crepes

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61 Responses to Strawberry, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Crepes

  1. debbie says:

    The picture alone makes me wants some crepes NOW! Ah weddings….and the stress! So much involved. Just remember you are the bride and it is your wedding. Period!

  2. Sune Moolman says:

    I can remember those compromises for the sake of peace. My best friend told me that “one day when your daughter gets married, you can have the wedding you always dreamt about.”
    I just had to laugh!
    But in the end everything on your special day will be perfect. :)
    These crepes look fantastic – I’m a total nut for pistachios!

  3. HAHA! Oh man, I remember wedding invitations. I think we just straightup told people…please give us money. And, that was that.
    These are seriously all mah favorite flavours and this girl adores crepes. I want these something bad! Pinned!

  4. These crepes are beautiful! I bet they were delicious. Your wedding invitation story is funny – I say, don’t worry about offending anyone, just do what’s best for you! :-)

  5. bellini says:

    Just lovely Joanne. A nice combination of sweet and savoury. Weddings can be the making of family feuds and I am not talking game shows here;-)

  6. Ah wedding compromises… there are always too many to count! Too many people with too many opinions!

    These crepes should win over everyone, though!

  7. kita says:

    Oh my, these look amazing.

  8. I saw your instagram pic of these crepes and am now so glad to see the recipe! Wowzers. Lovin’ everything about these!

  9. Leah Davis says:

    Wedding planning can be stressful – and there are usually some bumps along the road – hang in there!! I was completely obsessed with Breaking Bad when we were watching it – I think it is the best show I have watched in years! These crepes sound creamy and refreshing all at the same time – I’ve been wanting to make crepes since we got back from Paris!

  10. Ohhh wedding planning. Keeping your sense of humor about it all is key! At the end of the day, everything is going to be fab, so much fun, and you’ll be married… separate card or not ;)

    Oh, and these crepes? I WANT. Love the colors and flavas!

  11. Lisa says:

    Beautiful presentation. And goat cheese is something I could never give up.

  12. Johanna GGG says:

    fantastic brunch – sounds like such a lovely mixture of flavours – and that is a beautiful plate – I guess you really don’t need anything for your apartment if you have such chinaware – though I have never heard of “no boxed gifts”

  13. Ah yes, the wedding plans and how to keep everyone happy. I remember my mother-in-law insisting we had to be married on a specific day according to the Chinese calendar. A little compromise can go a long way in a marriage. Beautiful crepes!

  14. Christine says:

    Delicious looking brunch! Love the new (?) plates. I can say that, many years hence, accommodations, boxed whatever and so forth will be a vague memory. Savor your day and enjoy the process. You, your honey, and your wishes are all that matter.

  15. These look amazingly delicious Joanne! Can you believe I’ve only made crepes one time? I’m seriously lacking VERY GOOD things in my life. ;)
    Have a marvelous week!
    xo

  16. Kathryn says:

    So glad you posted this recipe! It’s such a unique but delicious combination of flavours – can’t wait to try these.

  17. Deena kakaya says:

    They look fully loaded with freshness and sweet meets savoury! I’m making pancakes today, with apples and yogurt…must be something in the air x

  18. Trisha says:

    Everything about these photos is absolutely stunning! Why is there some much weird wedding etiquette around these kinds of things? I say do what you WANT! As long as you have good food and alcohol, everyone will be happy. :)

  19. I’ll never say no to a crepe. Love the addition of goat cheese and pistachio!

  20. Haha! When I read the crystal meth line I immediately thought of Breaking Bad = my fave! (onto Hannibal now … hmm, can’t decide whether I’m taking to that one or not)
    Anyway, I giggled at your wedding invite scenario. We ended up not putting a return address on ours because in Greece everyone just tells you if they’re coming or not. In England, though, people still expect such formalities … oops!
    As for these crepes, well, of course they are beautiful. Maybe even a breakfast worthy of the day after your wedding!

  21. Joanne – your photos are amazing – I wanna climb right through and grab me a forkful! Love your idea to add greens – so unique!

  22. Oh gosh. I do not miss all those wedding planning decisions at all. Just so you know, I think you should do whatever works for you. Who gets offended when asked *not* to bring a gift? I don’t understand. Glad you worked it all out with these crepes though. Sweet and savory for the win!

  23. Wedding planning must be crazy ahhh. It’s totally the kind of thing that would have me crying i a dark corner stuffing my face with all things chocolate because of the stress :( I hope you do get some relax soon – I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end!!
    Also, these crepes look so fine! That flavor combo is perfection!

  24. alternatively you could always put my address at the bottom and have all gifts shipped to me. Sound good? Awesome.

  25. Min says:

    Compromise? what’s that? ;) I’m getting better at it, and I must say things have been a lot quieter around my house as a result. I absolutely love sweet and savory combo so this crepe is a def winner in my book! yum!

  26. cheri says:

    Your crepes are gorgeous, love this combination. As far as weddings go both of my kids are married so we went through all of that a few years ago and it was so emotional. When I look back on both celebrations they were very lovely,

  27. Yummy crepes Joanne ! And you are so right about the box gift idea- smart girl!! Have a great day!!

  28. SallyBR says:

    Love the recipe, anything with goat cheese has me salivating… but the plate underneath the crepes…. wow! A thing of total beauty!

  29. Zainab says:

    We had Crepes for dinner last week and it was based in Katerina’s recipe as well. Wish I had seen this. Oh well just going to happen again this week. Love the perfect sweet and savory combo.
    Ps: did you register for gifts? If not then most people will bring you money!!

  30. I love crepes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did the exclamation points tell you that? I love the combo you have here. I have never made crepe batter from scratch though! On my food bucket list!

  31. Can one saw no to these lovely crepes.. Yummy

  32. what a delicious meal! i tried to make crepes yesterday but they flopped. will have to try again!

  33. These crepes look divine! Love the combination of flavours!

  34. Oh gosh, wedding planning. I think you need extra crepes to cope!

  35. Oh man, my invitation writing skills TOTALLY failed. I didn’t have directions anywhere…like, not even ON the card AND….ANNND! I spelled P’s middle name wrong. Not kidding. Totally spelled it wrong. In my embarrassment I bought new ones and sent only those to his family. FML, I need to smash my face into these crepes.

  36. Beautiful crepes, Joanne, and the sweet, savoury filling sounds really amazing.
    Have fun with your wedding planning!
    Angie

  37. Susan says:

    Oh the joys of wedding planning and the many many many more arguments with mom to come. The best yet was the week of when she said what are you doing about parking for everyone? My reply? The street. She disagreed, so I made her pay. :-)

    Anyhoo, there will be arguments, so just stuff your face with more crepes. I know I would.

  38. gloria says:

    Look beautiful and delicious Joanne!:)

  39. I want these crepes. And I want to rewatch Breaking Bad, SO SO SO good. Enjoy!

  40. Shannon says:

    haha… yeah, compromise ;) these crepes look absolutely fantastic!

  41. Kate says:

    Eh, I kind of see where they’re coming from, “No boxed gifts” implies that you expect people to bring you gifts and 1) even though gifts are traditionally given, you don’t want to make it appear as though that’s the only reason you’re inviting guests, and 2) it’s a little ungrateful to dictate how someone spends their money on you. (which also applies to “no presents please.”)

    Not that you wouldn’t be grateful for any gift, but that’s always how those things read to me. #obviouslyanoldlady

  42. Susan says:

    That’s what first drafts are for! A little venting included is not a bad thing :)

    What delicious crepes and I say that with my finest French accent. Love the sprinkle of pistachios.

  43. tigerfish says:

    Love the vibrant colors atop the crepes :)

  44. These crepes look like an ideal breakfast dessert :D
    I love pistachios with strawberries!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  45. Eileen says:

    DUDE. There was so much drama over the registry at our wedding! As in, we didn’t have one, since we already had way too much stuff and were possibly also moving to Switzerland. This caused some serious problems, such that I can totally relate. It’s ok! Do what works for you and it will all work out. And eat crepes! Plenty of crepes. :)

  46. We actually registered for a honeymoon and people contributed money toward it. Then, of course, Paul lost his job mere weeks before our actual wedding day…and so we lived off the money for while. See, cash always fits!

  47. It sounds like you will be happy to have this wedding day come. Weddings are so much work, but I am sure once your big day gets here it will be fabulous. Your crepes look yummy!

  48. Serena says:

    These were the easiest crepes I’ve ever made! Wow! My 4 kids + 1 friend ate the whole batch! But they were easy to flip and didn’t tear! Yay! Saving forever. (I did sub in 1/2 c whole wheat flour and used dairy milk instead of almond – but the proportions were spot on!)

  49. Kinsey says:

    Good luck on wedding planning! I’m sure that if you have delicious meals like this one in the weeks leading up to it, that should help ease the frantic-ness a bit. Now I just need an excuse to make crepes!

  50. Katerina says:

    Well, life is full of compromises, otherwise you end up alone and who wants to be alone. Wedding is the perfect example of compromise. These crepes are the perfect little thing for a brunch or breakfast!

  51. Megan says:

    We put some extra info on the back of our save the dates to give people a heads up, and some people never even turned over the cards!

  52. You’ll have to let us know how many boxed gifts you get. You know that Great Aunt Sally will still bring a boxed gift and you’ll have another crock pot or something. Just have a giveaway on your blog. :-)

  53. Reeni says:

    Are these on the menu because wouldn’t they make the perfect little snack for nibbling on while you get ready?! They’re beautiful and delicious sounding. I’m all about the sweet and the savory.

  54. You had me at goat cheese! And all the rest is just an added bonus! This looks like the perfect dish for a brunch! I’ve never made crepes before, but It is time I learn how because I need these!

  55. Oh man, died laughing at the picture of the crystal meth attached to your invitations. People would probably think they’re getting anthrax with their invitation…ha.

    A better package is this crepe – sounds so amazing! Love the pistachio/strawberry/goat combo in anything.

  56. Danguole says:

    Seriously–everything on that plate is my favorite thing ever. (Well, besides coffee and whiskey and jalapenos and peaches and prosciutto and blue cheese BUT there are limits.) I’m trying to say I want to eat that right now. And tomorrow, and possibly the day after tomorrow.

  57. I’ll take a double portion of these crepes, please! Best of luck with the non-large gifts!

  58. This looks amazing. It’s like… everything beautiful ever. I need it in my mouth.
    pinning!

  59. elly says:

    These look fantastic. I love strawberries and goat cheese and I love goat cheese and pistachios, so obviously these crepes are beyond compromise – they are pretty much ideal. :)

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  61. It seems like weddings always turn into dilemmas with the family’s expectations – even with the invitations! Craziness but glad you found a compromise. Especially loving these crepes!

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