Asparagus and Bacon Pancakes

My sister absolutely manipulated my dad and me for this brunch…and while my dad and I haven’t confronted her yet (although this post should do the trick), we are hip to her ruse. She texted our aunt and me to ask if we wanted to do brunch. We said yes, and my sister then said that we could do it at my dad’s house and asked me if I would be interested in cooking. Humbled by the compliment of her request, I agreed. Three minutes after all that business went down, she texted my dad to tell him that I really wanted to cook brunch and to ask him if we could do it at his house. Devious! In one impressive display of evil genius, she got out of cooking and cleaning.

We served these pancakes with Broiled Tomatoes. However, Turnip Rösti would also be a great vegetable side for these pancakes.

Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients (makes 10 pancakes):

  • For the Pancakes:
    • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
    • 7-8 Slices of Bacon
    • 6 Eggs
    • 1 Cup of Flour
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
    • Milk to thin the batter
  • For the sauce:
    • Milk/Cream/Half and Half
    • Melting Cheese (We used a peppered sheep cheese)

Method:

  • Cook your bacon. We did this by layering slices in a cold pan and heating it…And after one side was browned, we flipped. When the initial strips were done, we placed them on a sheet of paper towels on a plate. The next batch was added directly to the grease in the hot pan.
  • Remove the fibery ends of your asparagus, and cut it in half or into thirds, and place it in your food processor. Then, with your hands, rip your cooked bacon apart, and add it to the food processor as well. Pulse to chop into small bits.
  • Pour your asparagus/bacon mixture into a large bowl, and add your eggs. Then, fold in your flour and baking powder until everything is combined. Then, stir in some milk or cream to thin your batter to your desired consistency.
  • Begin to simmer some milk, and add your cheese, whisking to ensure even melting.
  • Heat a griddle, and give it a little oil spray. With a ladle, scoop and pour your pancake mixture onto the griddle, and let your pancakes cook until the batter firms up. Then, carefully flip. This will take a few minute on each side.
  • By the time your pancakes are ready, your sauce should be good to go as well.
  • Plate, devour, and enjoy!

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