Savory Pancake Recipes For National Pancake Day
Today* is Shrove Tuesday, also called Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day. It’s the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the beginning of 40 days of fasting in the Christian liturgical calendar.
Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they are a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of Lent. British Christians began the pancake custom in the 16th century. The day’s feasting also includes sweets and other foods that are given up for Lent.
Shrove Tuesday is celebrated in English-speaking countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In France, the U.S., and other countries, it is called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.
Now onto the pancake celebrations. International Pancake Day is held on Shrove Tuesday. February 21st is National Pancake Day (so today, per the calendar, is both International Pancake Day, a floating date, and National Pancake Day, a fixed date). February is National Pancake
This year we’re showcasing our savory pancake recipes (below). They’re a treat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy!
> The different types of pancakes. How many have you had?
*The date varies each year, occurring six and a half weeks before Easter. The date of Easter is the first Sunday after the full Moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox (if the full moon falls on a Sunday then Easter is the following Sunday).
†What does “Shrove” mean? The first records of the term “Shrove Tuesday” appear in the 1490s. Shrove is the past tense of the verb shrive, which means “to confess one’s sins, such as to a priest” (it can also mean “to hear confession”). Shrovetide was a time that many Christians devoted to confessing their sins before the beginning of Lent [source]. Today Roman Catholics still confess their sins in order to receive the Blessed Sacrament and thus qualify themselves for a more religious observance of the holy season of Lent [source].