Bacon Corn Griddle Cakes

I have a budding 6-year old chef in my house.  It's nice that she's so eager to learn and help but I'm a terrible teacher in the kitchen.  I'm so worried she'll burn or cut herself, I have a hard time letter her doing things without helicoptering over her by the stove.

In the search for things that we can do together, and where she can take over more of an actual "cooking" role, rather than assembling cold ingredients into a sandwich or salad, I found pancakes are great.  Sure, the griddle gets hot, but the long spatula keeps her little hands safe from burns.

Plus, this is a breakfast dinner that has two things I love most in life:  bacon and cheese.

I know, right?

Gather up your ingredients:

8 slices bacon
1/3 cup finely chopped yellow or white onion
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 cup corn (thawed if frozen, drained if canned, cooked if fresh)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese cheese
maple syrup, for serving

Start by cooking your bacon until starting to brown.  Then add in your onion and cook both until the bacon is crisp and onion is soft.  Remove from pan with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 

In a large bowl, mix your pancake batter.  Whisk together flour, green onion, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper.  Mix in the egg, milk and oil until just combined.  Stir in corn and cheese.  Now you're ready to cook!

Heat your griddle or pan to a medium-high heat.  You want a nice crust on your pancake, but not to cook them so fast that the middle is still raw.  There's lots of stuff in these cakes - you need them all to melt together!  I use bacon fat as my oil on the pan, but you could use another oil or spray of your liking.  Oil is critical to getting a good color!

Working in 1/4 cup spoonfuls, drop cakes onto your griddle and let brown and flip, just like your normal, boring 'ole pancake.  They won't bubble like your typical morning fare, so watch for browsing on the edges.

When all is done, you'll have about 8 pancakes, which for my family was no where near enough for a meal on it's own.  Add in eggs, maybe some hash browns, sausage or more bacon.  Oh, and maybe some fruit.  Something healthy to round it out.

But please don't skimp on the maple syrup.

 {adapted from Recipe Girl}

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