Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes

Noms

The recipe was taken from Recipe Girl

8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 cup frozen, canned or fresh corn
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
maple syrup

– In a skillet, cook the bacon pieces until they begin to brown. Add the onion and continue to cook until the bacon is crisp and the onion is softened. Scoop out a tablespoon of the bacon mixture and set it aside.

– While the bacon is cooking, combine the flour, chives, baking powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in the milk, egg and oil, until moistened. Stir in the bacon mixture, corn and cheese. The mixture will be thick.

– Heat and grease skillet. Pour a heaping 1/4-cup of the batter onto the griddle and cook until it is golden brown- 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining batter.

– Serve stacks of griddle cakes topped with a sprinkle of the reserved bacon/onion and a good dose of warm maple syrup.

Is it passe to add bacon to everything that is already great and wonderful?  Because bacon is a tasty thing, and pancakes are pretty delightful too.  It’s pretty tough to go wrong when you mix the savory with the sweet for a breakfast griddle cake bonanza.  The two major difficulties with this recipe are both timing related.  Since you’re trying to manage bacon on a skillet and prepping the batter, it’s really easy to let the bacon cook too long.  If you like crispy bacon, it’s not too bad, but I am a proponent of oven bacon, and found the end result a bit too crispy for what I was looking for.  The other problem is this recipe produces a really thick batter, and you tend to end up with really thick pancakes.  You can avoid this by adding extra milk, but I didn’t, and some of the cakes ended up being undercooked in the center.  Otherwise, it’s an easy breakfast medley, just dump a bunch syrup on it, shovel it into your mouth, and then go lay on the couch for a few hours watching anything that’s on because your body is overloading on food.

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