Sausages and pancakes just seem to go together, and, in fact, they've been a popular pairing since at least 1787, when the first reference to toad-in-the-hole appeared in an English provincial glossary, for "meat boiled in a crust." Ours is flavored with fresh rosemary and a touch of mustard, and served with an onion gravy intensified by Madeira.
These crisp chickpea and olive oil pancakes are local to Nice, on the Mediterranean coast. Also known as farinata in Italy's Liguria, where chickpeas are a staple, these are savory pancakes. Serve them with a green salad as a light lunch or with an aperitif as a late-afternoon snack.
These savories were originally crumbly pancakes with a strong buckwheaty, yeasty flavor. Nowadays, they're more cohesive, subtle, and sophisticated. Served with spoonfuls of creme fraiche and sevruga caviar, blini make wonderful hors d'oeuvres alongside glasses of chilled vodka.