Savoury Pancakes with Chili Jalapeño Butter (for the adults)
I don't know why I didn't start going the savoury route with pancakes sooner. This recipe includes green onions & bacon (which you can absolutely sub with turkey bacon or none at all) but there's so many places you can take this recipe. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, for me, this was a great starter!
Chili Jalapeño Butter (to add on for the adults)
1 1/2 cups of soft or melted butter
1/2 tsp of chili flakes
1 tsp of olive oil
1/4 finely chopped jalapeno
1 cup of flour
a pinch of salt
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tbsp of ground flax seed
1/2 cup of cornmeal
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of grated cheese (I used cheddar but whatever your preference)
1 cup of chopped green onion
1 pack of bacon
butter to cook in
You want to start by making your butter so it has time to sit & slightly harden. You can make this the day before, or even just make a big batch to keep on hand for whatever you want to add it to! Simply just add the olive oil. jalapeños and chili flakes to the soft butter, mix well and set aside in the fridge to set. Now because this is spicy, it's just to add to the adults pancakes.
Now onto the pancakes, first thing you want to do is cook your bacon. I don't cook/eat bacon too often so when I do I like to go for the good stuff from my local butcher or from whole foods, but you do whatever you like! Cook your bacon in a pan until crisp and set aside to cool then chop into small pieces. I like to save a little bit of the bacon fat that's cooked off to add to my pancake batter (but this is optional).
Mix together all your dry ingredients (flour, flax, baking powder, salt, cornmeal and 1/2 of your cheese). Then mix in the wet ingredients (milk, egg, green onion, a little of the bacon fat if you like) and mix until blended.
Using a tablespoon add about 2-3 scoops of batter into a hot pan with butter, this will give you a medium sized fluffy pancake! Once the batter is in the pan add a few sprinkles of the chopped bacon and a sprinkle of the cheese, flip and then cook until lightly browned on both sides and cooked through.
Stack a couple on your plate, garnish with more green onion, bacon and the chili jalapeño butter... I throw a fried egg on top w/ a little hot sauce as well. For Havana I just cut it up into bite size pieces and add a little scrambled egg on the side! There's so many additions/modifications you could make to this recipe, so go ahead and get creative!
Now even though these are indulgent you can still get some great nutritional benefits! Aunty Angie says green onions are a great source of Vitamins C & K as well as dietary fibre. They're also a good source of folate which is super important to get when you're pregnant (it helps develop baby's brain & spinal cord and prevents birth defects). Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3's (healthy fats), high in fibre which keeps you regular and it helps balance your hormones by flushing out excess estrogen. Who know a little seed could do so much!