Nope, it isn’t butter or oil
OK- pancakes are a STAPLE at our house! We have them probably once a week in the summer, and try to make them Sat or Sun during the school year. My kids would HONESTLY eat them every day! Every once in a while we do Waffles instead- but my husband HATES waffles- even the smell… HOW CRAZY IS THAT? So we do them when he is camping or sneak them in when he sleeps late- LOL.
We DO NOT always have plain old pancakes, either. We change them up. We do chocolate chips every once in a while- we have done cinnamon, chocolate, we add nuts or fruit- peaches- strawberries… Our latest concoction was Banana Bread pancakes- we use those good mushy bananas like banana bread- add nuts and vanilla flavoring… and YUM. We have even tried the bacon pancakes- where you fry your bacon and then pour your batter over the bacon. We even tried sausage mixed in- sounds crazy, but when done right and grease drained correctly, YUM!
This mixture is a little different. It gives you that bacon flavor- just a hint- and makes your pancakes yummy!
If your pancakes need a little oomph, you’ve probably been overlooking a simple ingredient that will take your pancakes from good to incredible.
That secret ingredient is bacon grease.
Here’s how to do it: Heat your skillet, but instead of using oil or butter to coat the pan, add a dab of bacon grease. Then cook your pancakes as you normally would, flipping them when the batter begins to bubble.
If you’re cooking bacon first (which we strongly suggest), just remove the bacon from the pan, dispose of any excess grease and keep a dollop in the skillet. Then spoon your pancake batter right on the greased pan.
The result: Pancakes that are doughy on the inside, crispy around the edges and taste amazing. Pile ’em high, drizzle with maple syrup and