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Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes

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These pancakes may be my weakness. I mean, there’s just something about the egg dripping down, the savory bacon-mushroom-greens, and the sweet maple syrup that gets me.

After I took pictures, I knelt on the floor in front of the photographing area and inhaled them. I literally couldn’t stop.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. 😉

SweetSavoryCornmealPancakes2The day begins with some mushrooms that are all happy and warm in a dry pan. I didn’t add any oil right away because the mushrooms just soak it up. I wait until after they’re cooked to add it. It’s better this way. Trust me.

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The oil is added along with some beet greens. Kale, chard, spinach… all acceptable substitutions. Buuuut, if you have beets, try it, it’s goooooood. (Tip: the more red stem you remove the less they will taste like beets, if you’re not as keen on the beet taste as some.)

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We’re also adding bacon. So, yeah.

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The batter is kinda like a polenta. In fact, in a pinch, if you had some leftover polenta, you could just slice it up, fry it and top it with the greens.

I felt like making these gluten-free, because I had some GF flour. Regular flour would be great too. Use what you have.

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The pancakes puff up a bit and get nice and golden brown. They have just a hint of maple syrup in them, so they’re not overly sweet. They also make for a perfect next morning breakfast, toasted and topped with peanut butter, yogurt, fresh fruit, and syrup.

Make a big batch, then freeze a bunch and pop them into the toaster when it’s too early to think. Homemade hot breakfast. Done.

I did this about four days in a row. I ate the entire batch on my own. (I’m not kidding.)

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And then, the best part (ok it’s all just the best part, let’s be honest), eggs are fried to a perfectly delicious doneness (a.k.a however you like them cooked, I prefer over-medium), and plomped on top of a big ole stack of pancakes.

Yes.

I’m so ready to eat this meal again.

I’ve been eating chocolate all afternoon and am ready for some sustenance.

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Happy Eating!

Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Pancakes, Vegetables
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-8 oz. pkg. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 t coconut oil
  • 1 bunch (about 2 C) beet greens (or any other greens), chopped
  • pinch nutmeg
  • to taste salt
  • to taste pepper
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • pancakes: 2 t coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ T maple syrup
  • ½ C buttermilk
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 t baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 C cornmeal
  • ¼ C all purpose flour (GF is fine)
  • 4 eggs, for frying
  • maple syrup, for serving
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200F (or less). Place a baking sheet with a cooling rack set on it in the oven.
  2. Cook bacon. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside. When cool, crumble.
  3. Add mushrooms to a dry, hot skillet. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 t coconut oil, greens, bacon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and maple syrup, and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Whisk wet ingredients together (it's ok if oil clumps a bit when it gets cold - try to break it into small pieces).
  5. Whisk dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  6. Mix wet ingredients with dry. Let stand for about 5 minutes (batter will be fairly thin).
  7. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-low and add some coconut oil. When the oil is hot, pour about ⅛ C of batter onto the skillet, repeat until skillet has about 3 or 4 (depending on size of skillet and of pancakes), leaving a bit of room around each one. Cook for about 2 minutes on one side, or until bubbles form and do not pop. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes more. Place on the baking sheet in the warm oven. Repeat until all batter has been used.
  8. Fry eggs.
  9. Top a stack of pancakes with an egg, mushroom and greens mixture, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Serve warm.

 

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