Savory Bacon-Cheddar Pancakes With Corn and Jalapeño Recipe

Savory corn pancakes stuffed with bacon, cheddar, and jalapeño. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Why It Works

  • Cooking the bacon and corn with jalapeños and scallions before adding them to the batter enhances their flavor and adds texture to the pancakes.
  • Saving some of the corn/bacon mixture and pressing it into the pancakes as they cook gives the outer surface of the pancakes a nice appearance and texture after flipping.
  • Cutting the cheese into cubes creates big pockets of melted cheese that ooze out as you eat.
  • A mixture of cornmeal and flour gives the pancakes deep corn flavor.

Who ever said American pancakes have to be sweet? What's stopping us from savory-ing them up? These start with a basic American-style pancake recipe, but they come stuffed with crisp bacon, sautéed corn, jalapeño peppers, scallions, and—the kicker—pockets of gooey melted cheddar cheese.

Recipe Facts

4.6

(5)

Active: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 4 ounces bacon, cut into fine dice

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears of corn)

  • 1 to 2 red or green jalapeño peppers, stemmed, seeded, and minced

  • 8 scallions, thinly sliced (divided)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) fine yellow cornmeal

  • 1 cup (about 5 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving

  • 2 large eggs

  • 10 ounces (about 1 1/4 cup) cultured buttermilk

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for oiling pan or griddle

  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

Directions

  1. Heat butter, bacon, and 1 tablespoon water in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until water evaporates and bacon begins to crisp and brown, about 5 minutes. Add corn, increase heat to high, and cook, stirring, until tender and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add jalapeño peppers and half of scallions and cook, stirring, until aromatic, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer mixture to a plate to cool slightly.

  2. Combine cornmeal, flour, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, honey, eggs, buttermilk, 2 tablespoons oil, half of corn/bacon mixture, and half of remaining scallions in a large bowl and stir and fold until no dry streaks of flour remain but batter is still lumpy. Fold in cheese cubes.

  3. Heat griddle or large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Add a small amount of oil to the griddle and spread with a paper towel. Ladle 1/4 to 1/2 cup of batter onto the griddle, spreading it into an even circle. Repeat to fit as many pancakes as you can. Spread a 1 tablespoon-sized portion of the bacon/corn mixture on top of each pancake.

  4. Cook undisturbed until edges of pancakes begin to set and bubbles start to break the top surface, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Carefully flip the pancakes with a thin, flexible spatula and cook on second side until golden brown and completely set, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet in a warm oven while you cook the remaining pancakes. Serve, garnished with remaining scallions and drizzled with honey.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
514 Calories
24g Fat
56g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 514
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 1052mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 9mg 46%
Calcium 318mg 24%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 454mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)