Last weekend, I was foraging around in the cupboard and came across a box of Publix brand pancake mix. On the back was a recipe for bacon pancakes. BACON PANCAKES! BACON PANCAKES!
“Honey, we are having pancakes for lunch”
They were so simple. Just take the mix and add ¼ cup of chopped bacon and ¼ cup of shredded cheese. And cook as usual.
We buy boxed pancake mix that can be used for both pancakes and waffles, but you can make your own.
Bacon can be cooked a number of ways:
On the stove top in a fry pan - I have a bad habit of starting to do other food prep and then turning around the find my bacon has burnt.
In the microwave - Microwaving works best if you are using bacon strips. For us, this isn't an option because we freeze our bacon and then just cut off chunks of what we need. You can’t easily get strips that way, but since most of the bacon we use is chopped, it works great. We can always dethaw the bacon if we need strips and this way we always have bacon on hand.
In the oven – This works best for me. I use our toaster oven. Put foil on the bottom of a sheet pan with enough of an edge to prevent the grease from spilling over. Lay out the bacon. Put in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Cook for 20 minutes. I like to check on it and stir it around a little at the 10 minute mark. Cook a little longer or a little less depending on the texture you want.
I used sharp cheddar. We shred our own cheese from a large block because it is cheaper and tastes so much better.
Now, just take the pancake batter, add the bacon and cheese. Mix and make your pancakes. The key to pancakes is making sure the pan isn’t too hot or too cold. I start at medium high heat and then go from there. I flip the pancake when the surface of the pancake is filled with small bubbles.
And that’s it.
I crumbled a little extra bacon over the cooked pancakes, added maple syrup and we had a great savory lunch.