Even though crepes are technically French, the concept is universal. Blintzes are a Jewish take on French-style crepes. They are typically cooked on one side, filled and then baked or fried. In America, we enjoy our fluffy pancakes but the flapjack concept was originally introduced by Native Americans who were making pancakes using cornmeal long before the Europeans came to America. The common recipe later adapted leaving out the cornmeal.
Meanwhile, the Dutch make pannekoeken which is heavier than a crepe but lighter than a pancake. In Russia, they make them miniature, top them with caviar and call them blinis. In India, they use a savory fermented batter with rice and lentil flour to make crispy dosas. The Japanese make okonomiyaki with fillings like cabbage, shrimp and green onions.
Although there are several takes on the concept, crepes are one of our favorites because they are served with delicious toppings and fillings. Plus, they can take on the role of breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert!