Tuna Pancakes à la Jane Smith

This recipe sounds weird, but it is absolutely delicious in a 50’s kind of way – retro, rich, and very unhealthy. Jane Smith was a Peace Corps wife who we met in Malaysia.


Filling Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. chopped pimento
  • 4 Tbs. chopped red pepper
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 2 7oz. cans solid white tuna
  • ½ cup mayonnaise

Sauté the first three ingredients and then add the white tuna and mayonnaise to the sautéed vegetables.

Pancake Batter Ingredients (or use flour tortillas)

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sifted all purpose flour

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • Heat in a stick free pan a small amount of butter.
  • Pour in a generous tablespoon of batter, and tilt the pan allowing the batter to create a thin pancake.
  • Cook until the pancake lifts easily from the pan.

Make all the pancakes (about 16) and set aside.

Completing the Pancakes

  • Spread a tablespoon of or more of the filling in each pancake in a cigar shape.
  • Roll up the pancake.
  • Place the pancakes in an ovenproof rectangular casserole
  • Top the pancakes with the following and then bake for twenty minutes at 350 degrees:
  • 1 cup sour cream combined with ¼ cup cream and ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese