Pancake stacks drizzled with syrup and accompanied by bacon strips is a breakfast staple, but combining the two creates an entirely new experience. Salty and sweet, crisp and fluffy combine to create a memorable breakfast. Cook the bacon and prepare the pancake batter, then either combine both at the batter stage or on the griddle to create savory pancakes just begging to be drizzled in sweet maple syrup.

Bacon First

Before you begin preparing your pancakes, cook the bacon. Doing so ensures the bacon is thoroughly cooked and crispy. Different flavors of bacon, such as applewood-smoked bacon, add a smoky sweetness to pancakes and pepper bacon adds a bold, savory note. Crumble the bacon directly into your pancake batter or pour the batter directly over whole strips of bacon to create dippers; just make sure to dab the bacon with paper towels to remove excess grease first.

Batter Up

Whether you plan on making your pancakes from scratch or a packaged mix, bacon pairs well with all types, from buttermilk to whole-wheat and even gluten-free pancakes. If you plan on crumbling your bacon directly into the batter, add it last, gently folding to combine. Avoid adding bacon directly if you plan to save any leftover batter because the bacon will become soggy.

Preparing the Pancakes

Preheat a skillet or griddle to a medium-high heat. Melt a pat of butter or use some leftover bacon grease to oil the cooking surface. For batters containing bacon crumbles, pour the desired amount onto the hot surface and let it cook, flipping once the underside has reached a nice golden brown. For bacon strips, place a strip of bacon on the griddle and coat it with a layer of batter. You can also bake one large, bacon pancake in the oven. Pour pancake batter containing bacon crumbles into a greased pie pan or cast iron skillet and bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the pancake is golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

Drizzling or dipping bacon pancakes in maple syrup is an obvious choice, but nutty syrups, such as butter pecan or maple peanut butter, pair well with their savory sweetness. Take it a savory direction by melting a handful of shredded cheddar cheese on top, or create a pancake sandwich by layering a fried egg between two bacon pancakes.