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Carol Kicinski
This new twist on Chinese scallion pancakes is the perfect bite-sized gluten-free appetizer.

Try a new gluten-free twist on Chinese scallion pancakes

Author Byline Image   Before going gluten free did you ever have Chinese scallion pancakes? They are basically a pancake packed with chopped scallions, seasoned with sesame oil, and served with a dipping sauce.
   This recipe started off in the direction of scallion pancakes but a funny thing happened on the way to Shanghai… My idea was to create an appetizer that had a similar taste to the scallion pancakes but that were easier to make ahead and serve at a party. I figured shaping them into balls was the way to go.
   Ever tried to shape pancake batter into a ball? Yeah, not so easy! Too liquid. Needs more substance. Even after adding more gluten-free pancake mix and some
Gluten-Free Scallion Pancake Bites
Makes 48 pancake bites
1 large egg
1 tablespoon sesame oil
½ cup cold milk or water
1 ½ cups gluten-free pancake/waffle mix
1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
¾ cup gluten free panko style bread crumbs (possibly more)
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
   Whisk together the egg, sesame oil, and milk or water in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the pancake mix. Continue to whisk for 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions, cheese and bread crumbs. The mixture should be thick and be able to be rolled into balls, if not, add some more bread crumbs.
   Roll tablespoons full of the batter into balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pans once during baking, or until golden brown.
gluten-free panko bread crumbs it still needed something. So I added cheese – not at all Chinese, but pretty delicious.
   Since I had already taken some pretty big culinary departures on this recipe I decided to make a creamy dipping sauce instead of the usual soy based ginger sauce. I just whipped
some mayo, sour cream and Sriracha sauce together – this is a seriously great combo for everything from dipping sauce to spreading on burgers.
   These babies may have wandered far from their Asian roots but they are a delish little appetizer you just may want to consider serving at your next party.