Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby

February 18, 2014

Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

Dutch Babies aren’t just for breakfast anymore! I finally did what I’m been meaning to do for months: make a savory Dutch Baby with spinach and cheese. Oh my gosh! Scrumptious!

What’s so exciting about this recipe (besides the fact that it came out so well) is that it’s mine. Mine! I didn’t do an Internet search for savory Dutch Babies. Instead, I guesstimated and said things like “Yeah, that’s a good amount,” and found I was more than satisfied with the result. When does that happen? (Answer: rarely. And when it does, the outcome is not very attractive.)

I must thank Circle B Kitchen for the base recipe I have used since I started making these wonderful puff pancakes. The ingredients could not be simpler:

Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

Eggs, flour, milk (for the lactose intolerant almond/soy/etc milk is totally fine), and salt!

To make it savory, I took out the vanilla extract from the original recipe and added in herbs, veggies, and cheese, all of which are adaptable to your preferences.

Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

Plus black pepper, fresh basil (in this case, defrosted, but still heavenly), spinach, and mozzarella cheese. Oh yes, and plenty of butter, not pictured.

This Dutch Baby is a great light lunch for two (or maybe a dinner for one!). Pair it with soup or a salad, and please, try not to eat it too quickly. This baby is meant to be savored.

Please let me know if you try this out, and have fun playing around with whatever veggies, herbs, and cheese you like!

Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 1 Dutch Baby

Serving Size: 1, 2, or 4 slices

Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby

My take on a dish traditionally served for breakfast, this savory Dutch Baby is a delicate eggy pancake filled with spinach, basil, and mozzarella cheese.


    For the pan:
  • 1/2 C unsalted butter, sliced
  • For the base:
  • 3/4 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C milk (soy, almond, etc work just as well as dairy milk)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • For the fillings:
  • 1 handful of baby spinach, chopped
  • 2/3 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 heaping Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper (and/or red pepper flakes, garlic powder, thyme, etc)
  • Optional: other veggies like chopped broccoli, diced bell peppers, or chopped asparagus


  1. Place cast iron skillet in oven and preheat to 425°. [I use a 10″ skillet, but I have had success doubling the recipe for a 9 x 13″ baking dish.]
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Alternatively, you could mix the whole thing in the blender.
  3. Add the milk, flour, and salt, and mix/blend again. Scrape down sides with a spatula to make sure all of the flour is incorporated.
  4. Mix in all fillings. Batter will be on the thin side and smell divine.
  5. Take the skillet out of the oven, add in the butter, and throw it back in until the butter is thoroughly melted.
  6. Now you have an extremely hot pan with sizzling butter. Pour in the batter, again scraping down the sides of the bowl/blender to make sure it all goes into the pan.
  7. Baking times vary. Keep the oven light on and watch that baby starting at the 15 minute mark. It will take awhile to start puffing up, but when it does, you will be thrilled. The edges will brown nicely, tiny bubbles will form on the surface, and the whole Dutch Baby will shape itself into a handsome mound.
  8. Carefully remove from oven once edges are firm and golden brown and the middle looks done. Hurry to photograph your little beauty before it starts to fall, because fall it will.
  9. Your Dutch Baby should slide right out of the pan thanks to that butter. Serve immediately.
  10. Optional toppings: tomato sauce, grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, pesto, or nothing. This quiche-like Dutch Baby is tasty all by itself.


Cooking time is approximate, depending on your pan and your oven. Make sure the pancake is nice and firm before removing from the oven.

Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

Golden brown cheese + tiny buttery bubbles.


Savory Cheesy Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

One small portion removed…

Cheesy Savory Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

A suggested, but by no means required, serving size.

Cheesy Savory Spinach and Basil Dutch Baby - Sweet and Savoring

I can’t wait to make it again!



‘Well,’ said Pooh, ‘what I like best,’ and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.     –A.A Milne

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  • Shana Norris February 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    This looks delicious! I love the combination of spinach and melted cheese. I also think the broccoli and/or red peppers. Your photos are gorgeous!!
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    • Christy February 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Shana! I’m looking forward to making another one of these with different veggies 🙂

  • Tamara February 19, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Ohh! I’m having guests tomorrow around breakfast time and this will be wonderful. I don’t love spinach, which is weird, but we do have kale.

    • Christy February 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I’m sure any leafy greens would be great. Let me know if you made it and how it turned out!

  • Deb Rothaug February 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Oh, yum! At last I have an actual recipe for Christy’s Dutch Baby! Now I have to be sure I have some tasty add-ins, likely to be spinach or broccoli, and fresh herbs, too…I know we both can’t wait to be growing some in our gardens this year! Follow-up comments will be made after lunch, thank you, my dear.

    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Well, did you end up making this or what, Mom? Curious daughters need to know!

  • Rosemary February 25, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Looks delicious, for sure I m going to give it a try. Have a great sits day. Your photos are beautiful.

    Thanks Rosemary

    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks, Rosemary! I hope you like the Dutch Baby as much as I do.

  • Alison February 25, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Christy, this looks AMAZING!!!
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    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you, Alison. I promise, it was 🙂

  • Michelle February 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Yum! It looks so delicious! I make these egg things in muffin pans but its such a pain to clean that I just bought little individual small crocks that can go in the oven…I was planning on trying it out with those. I think I will have to try your recipe too!
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  • thedoseofreality February 25, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Happy SITS day! What a perfect idea for a good, healthy meal! Love it! 🙂
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  • Nicki Lewis February 25, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Happy SITS Day! Love the blog. Now following you on twitter and Facebook

    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      Wonderful, Nicki, thank you 🙂 Off to return the favor!

  • Julie Moore February 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

    That looks so good! Wish I had a cast iron skillet! Might need to add one to my list of “needs”. 🙂

    Hope you have an amazing SITS Day!
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    • Christy February 25, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Skillets are the traditional pan to bake these in, but any deeper ovenproof dish will do- it’s even okay if it’s square! Let me know if you make it and thanks for coming by!

  • Martha February 25, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Oh man…this looks delicious! Making my mouth water just looking at it. 🙂 Happy SITS day to you!!

    • Christy February 26, 2014 at 11:57 am

      I promise, it *is* delicious! Thank you for coming by!

  • Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D. February 25, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Looks DELISH!!
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    • Christy February 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you! Appreciate the visit!

  • Allison Leighann February 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    OMG this looks absolutely delicious!

    • Christy February 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Ashley@ Married to the Game February 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I’m drooling! Happy SITS day!

    • Christy February 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Glad I actually made something appetizing, haha. Thank you Ashley!

  • Laina Turner February 25, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Looks divine. #SITSblogging

    • Christy February 26, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Appreciate your visit, Laina!

  • Kelly February 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Looks soo yummy! I love the Winnie the Pooh reference 🙂

    • Christy March 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Kelly- Pooh does have a way with words, doesn’t he? 🙂

  • Savvy Working Gal February 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Stopping by from SITS. You have a great blog here. Congratulations on your SITS Day.
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    • Christy March 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much! It was a fun day!

  • Dana February 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks divine. Pinning this for the spring when I start getting fresh spinach and basil at the farmer’s market, although I may not be able to wait until then.
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    • Christy March 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I know what you mean, Dana- I cannot WAIT for the fresh stuff at the farmer’s market again. Can’t come soon enough!

  • Wilma Jones February 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This looks delicious. I will def try this. Stopping by from the SITS girls.

    • Christy March 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you do try the Dutch Baby!

  • Rachel Lavern@Online Biz Boomer Babe February 26, 2014 at 12:33 am

    I am definitely going to give this recipe a try. Looks and sounds delicious.

    Happy SITS Day!
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    • Christy March 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Rachel 🙂

  • Earl-Leigh February 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! It looks ah-mazing! Happy SITS Day!

    • Christy March 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you! It’s such an easy, rewarding recipe, I promise!

  • Slap Dash Mom March 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Just made this, and it’s delicious! Thanks for such an awesome recipe.
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    • Christy March 7, 2014 at 12:11 am

      Oh, I’m so glad! Thank you for letting me know, you have no idea how excited I am to get this comment!

  • Akaleistar May 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    That looks really good!

    • Christy May 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Becky May 15, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Sounds amazing! I love cooking in my cast iron for recipes like these. 🙂

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