Pancakes are a perennial favorite at breakfast and a fun way to mix it up at the dinner table. Even when served as a treat at dinner, traditional pancakes can quickly lose their luster when they are always served the same way. Here are three fun ways to incorporate pancakes into dinner in unexpected ways with unique flavors.
A Little Spice Tastes So Nice: Cornbread Jalapeno Pancakes
If you like your cornbread as much as you enjoy your pancakes, try cornbread jalapeno pancakes. Try them with butter and syrup like traditional pancakes for a sweet treat, or smother them with your favorite chili for a hearty and savory meal. Many recipes for cornbread pancakes are available online, but a rule of thumb is to replace half of the flour with cornmeal and reduce the sugar to a tablespoon or two. One cornbread pancake recipe you can add jalapenos to can be found here.
They Don’t Have to be Flat: Pancake Sliders
Love the pancake flavor, but want that fun bite-sized feel? Try pancake sliders. Pour traditional pancake mix into a muffin tin and bake until cooked throughout – about 15 minutes. Slice in half like a biscuit; add eggs, bacon and your favorite toppings, such as jam or syrup. Your breakfast-inspired sliders will be a hit with the kids or those on the go.
For the Kid in All of Us: Pancake Roll-Ups
Whether you prefer sweet or savory pancakes, another fun way to serve them is in roll-up form. Prepare your choice of sweet or savory pancake recipe and cook normally. For a sweet version, roll the pancakes around your favorite breakfast sausage or your preference of bacon or other meat.
Include eggs, syrup or jam to complete the flavors. For a savory pancake roll-up, prepare wheat or other less sweet pancakes and roll around your choice of sausage. Experiment with your choice of condiments, from mustard to hot jams. For vegetarians, roll up a wheat pancake coated in your favorite savory hummus with capers, roasted red peppers and crunchy romaine lettuce.
Pancakes are a fun and versatile food. With a little creativity and willingness to experiment, pancakes can be the foundation for many meals. There is no reason they should be relegated to just breakfast anymore. Remember that you can take your meal from sweet to savory by experimenting with different grains other than refined flour.