Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bacon pancakes suggest pork was meant to be battered

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge You know why that pancake is smiling? Bacon.
  • You know why that pancake is smiling? Bacon.

Pancakes always get a bacon smile. But what about me, breakfast? When do I get my bacon smile?

It looks like that smile could come from bacon pancakes -- the latest meatstrosity from Wired writer Matt Blum, as he embarks on a quest (the Great Bacon Odyssey) to discover the ultimate bacon dish.

Last month, Blum managed to choke down the bacon burger, a patty made entirely of bacon. Breakfast, the traditional realm of bacon, appears to have treated him more kindly.

The bacon pancakes were a runaway success with readers, who suggested additions of everything from apples to peanut butter. And this recipe for bacon banana buttermilk pancakes from pete bakes! might redefine the pancake discussion. As to whether Blum was happy, I'll let his words speak for him:

Every single bite had what in my opinion was the perfect balance between meaty, salty, airy and sweet.
Bacon pancakes are not a new invention of our crazy, bacon-obsessed world but rather a rediscovery of a lost American treasure. There apparently is a historical precedent with the blog Four Pounds Flour showing an advertisement from 1961 for Rath Black Hawk Bacon, which shows pancake butter being dripped onto sizzling bacon. The ad promises that there's the complete recipe in every package for bacon strip pancakes. Don't I wish that was in the recipe box when I got married.

Besides knowing what we're having for Saturday brunch at my house, I'm thinking this is the beginning of a proper fast-food sandwich. Forget the McGriddle -- why not have pancake bacon bread as a starter for your new line of breakfast sandwiches? I'm looking at you, Wendy's.

[Image via Flickr: idealisms]

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