Submitted by Aditya Basu-Dutta
About the cook: My name is Adi and I was raised on a combination of Indian and American flavors. I am a young part-time cook and professional volunteer who is always looking for an excuse to be in a kitchen, to feed people, to support our local farmers and good food culture, and, of course, to eat!
About the dish: When you want breakfast for dinner but also want to feel like you’re in a fine dining establishment, you make bacon pancakes with zing whipped cream! I recommend making this when you want to share a filling meal. Suitable for date night and week night, alike. These fluffy, bacony pancakes, fried in rendered bacon fat, pair wonderfully with the bright notes from hand-made lemony whipped cream.
National Origin: American
Estimated Time: 30 to 60 Minutes
1 large egg
1 c. Flour
½ tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Butter, melted, plus extra
¾ c. Milk
1 tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. Baking soda
4 oz. bacon in strips
1 Scallion, chopped
1 ½ Tbsp. grated Parmesan
¼ tsp. Red Chili powder
¼ c. Heavy Whipping cream
Zest of 1 Lemon
2 tsp. Capers, drained and chopped
2 tsp chopped Parsle
Beat the whipping cream in a large cold bowl until soft peaks form. Fold in the capers, lemon zest, and parsley. Season with salt and black pepper. Set aside. This is the zingy whipped cream!
Put bacon in an unheated frying pan then put it on medium-low heat to start rendering out the fat. This should take about 10-20 minutes, after which, remove the bacon and pat it down, leaving the fat in the pan to fry the pancakes in.
While bacon is rendering, mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and chili powder in a bowl.
Whisk melted butter, egg, and milk together. Add this liquid to the flour mixture, and combine until a lumpy batter forms. Do not over-mix. Be sure to leave some lumps so that the pancakes are not too dense,
Mix parmesan into batter. Season with black pepper.
Chop bacon into bits and mix with scallions.
Heat bacon grease in the pan to medium.
To make pancakes, pour batter a little bit at a time into pan, sprinkle each pancake with some of the bacon-scallion mix, flip once bubbles start showing on the top of the pancake, cook the top side, and remove fully cooked pancake onto a plate, building a stack. You may need to add a little butter to the pan as you cook since these puppies love to suck up the bacon drippings.
Once your stack is built, serve with zingy whipped cream and enjoy!