I fell in love with savory pancakes about 3 summers ago. Up until that summer it never occurred to me to combine the yummy goodness of breakfast sides into the pancake. Shut the front door!
It all began when My Mister learned how to make pancakes. He felt so confident in his pancake making skills, he challenged a couple of friends to a pancake-off. He didn’t count on was Khia! (an old college friend of mine, who jumped into the fray). She totally turned the contest upside down with her suitcase full of magical pancake ingredients. One bite of her delectable savory pancake and we all knew who won.
Well played, Khia, well played. My man came in 3rd out of 3 contestants (still a sore subject around here). I gained a new twist on the old pancake.
It would be another 3 years before I attempted a recipe on my own, since I never got around to asking Khia! for her recipe. But I discovered that It really was as simple as adding in my mix-ins into my tried and true pancake recipe.
Although my original pancake recipe is not that sweet, I cut down the usual amount of sugar by 1/3 to further reduce the sweetness. Sugar is still needed in this batter for its browning properties. That’s how you get that golden brown crust.
So here is my recipe:
1 1/5 Cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 buttermilk (I never have buttermilk on hand, so I mix white vinegar and regular milk to get ‘buttermilk’. Approximately 2Tbsps vinegar in a Pyrex meauring cup, and then topped up with milk to reach the 1 3/4 mark)
3 Tbsps Butter, melted
approximately 1/3C each of:
Yellow Grape Tomatoes
salt and spices to your taste (I used italian seasoning)
1. Chop/Dice your mix-ins, like so:
2. Sautee the mix-ins in a small stir-fry pot, with EVOO, until just a little tender (about 2 minutes). Set aside.
3. Mix up your batter.
a. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl, preferably with a pour spout. Lightly mix with a wire whisk to blend ingredients.
b. Add the eggs to the milk/vinegar mixture (or buttermilk). Whisk with a wire whisk to blend.
c. Add the milk/vinegar (or buttermilk)/egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Just lightly run the whisk through the mixture to combine. Make sure to incorporate all the flour in the corners of the bow.
Do not whip, this will develop the gluten in the flour. You don’t want this, unless you like tough pancakes, in which case, I worry about you…
d. Add in the melted butter and incorporate thoroughly.
e. Add in the sauteed mix-ins and incorporate for even distribution.
f. Cook pancakes like regularly. Flip over when large bubbles form on top, like so:
Serve with fried egg, some fruit, maybe some bruchetta, and hopefully a Mimosa. Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch or Dinner, it’s aaaallll good!