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Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Faith Durand, our first Wildard guest judge, finds a way to satisfy her craving for herbs.


All week, we've been featuring The Kitchn's executive editor Faith Durand and her new cookbook, Bakeless Sweets. For her Wildcard pick, though, she's going savory. Here's what she has to say about Kukla's Kutabi, Azerbaijani Savory Pancakes Filled with Greens and Herbs:

I am obsessed with herbs. I don't want to use just a pinch of parsley or a spoon of cilantro; I want the whole bunch. This stuffed flatbread hit my herb craving head-on. It's packed with cilantro, dill, parsley, onion, garlic, and my favorite, sorrel, for a warm, chewy, tangy flatbread. The dough is easy to work, and it's a little richer than the simple dough used in scallion pancakes or chapati. I served crispy wedges of flatbread with strips of steak and a salad, and then made leftovers into breakfast, topped with a poached egg and a drizzle of green olive oil. My husband, who usually is in charge of our weekend breakfasts, couldn't believe his luck! 

Kutabi, Azerbaijani Savory Pancakes Filled with Greens and Herbs by Kukla

Serves 6-8

For the dough:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour+ more for kneading and rolling
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon olive or sunflower oil
2 tablespoons warm water

For the filling:

1 large onion, diced
1 medium bunch (about 7-8) green onions
1 medium bunch (about 6) green garlic
2 tablespoons butter for sautéing, plus melted butter for the tops
1 bunch fresh sorrel thinly chopped
1 bunch fresh dill
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 fresh serrano pepper, seeded and diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom


Tags: wildcard, wildcard winner, guest judge, guest judging, wildcard guest judge, faith durand, bakeless sweets, pancakes, azerbaijan, azerbaijani food

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Comments (14)


about 2 years ago Nim

This was one of my most favorite foods to eat as a child. thank you so much for featuring it!


about 2 years ago Kukla

You are very wellcome Nim! Now you can make them and enjoy.


about 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you dear ladies so, so much for all your wonderful comments!!! And most of all I thank our editors for starting the Wildcard tradition, which gives a new life to very good but maybe overlooked or forgotten recipes!


about 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Another wonderful and unique recipe! Congrats!


about 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats! Such a neat recipe!


about 2 years ago vvvanessa

Congrats! This sounds wonderful.


about 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

This is right up my alley Kukla. Many, many congratulations!


about 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you Kitchen Butterfly!


about 2 years ago Kukla

Thank you all so much my friends for your kind and beautiful congratulations!!!


about 2 years ago Kukla

When I found out the theme of this week’s contest and looked through my recipes, I thought: “Kutabi would be a good recipe to enter”; and then one of my favorite sense called Mental Telepathy happened; I am so happy it happened between me and Faith Durand because to me the WildCard win is almost as importuned as a Contest Winner!!!
Thank you so much Faith Durand for your beautiful review and also thank Mister James Ransom for his, as always very nice photo!


about 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congrats Kukla! These look phenomenal! I've made similar flatbreads from a recipe that was for "Turkish stuffed flatbreads." It's fun to see the similarities and differences between stuffed flatbreads from different countries!


about 2 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Kukla, what an honor! I am so thrilled for you. And thrilled to have learned about this interesting and appealing recipe. How did I miss this one? It's definitely on the must-try-soon list. Congratulations! ;o)


about 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Kukla, yay!! great recipe.


about 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hurrah! Congratulations! These look fantastic