The Great Indoors: A taste of Beer and Bacon ‘Mancakes’Let’s face it, breakfast can be frilly: Belgian waffles covered in strawberries and lace-like whipped cream, colorful yogurt parfaits or quiche.
By: Tracy Briggs, INFORUM
Let’s face it, breakfast can be frilly: Belgian waffles covered in strawberries and lace-like whipped cream, colorful yogurt parfaits or quiche.
So in honor of the Fargo Beer and Bacon festival on March 8, I’ve come up with the manliest of manly breakfasts utilizing the two ingredients. It’s a perfect solution for those guys who want a little testosterone with their toast.
It’s called “Beer and Bacon Mancakes,” and I found the recipe from at www.bettycrocker.com.
I added a bit more bacon (why wouldn’t I?) and changed the way they made candied bacon to a method inspired by Alex Guarnaschelli of The Food Network.
The mancakes are just your average Bisquick pancakes, but beer is used instead of milk, and candied bacon is added to the pancake batter.
Beer and Bacon Mancakes
12 slices of bacon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups Original Bisquick mix
1 cup of beer
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Put bacon into a bowl and sprinkle with ground pepper to your taste. Add brown sugar to coat bacon. Put bacon on top of parchment paper. Overlapping is OK.
Put another sheet of parchment paper on top of bacon. Place another cookie sheet of approximately the same size on top of the parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes or until crisp. Remember bacon will get crispier once it’s out of the oven too. Set aside to cool. When cool, break bacon into small pieces.
In the meantime, pour 2 cups Bisquick into a bowl, add one cup of beer, 2 eggs, and the bacon pieces. Stir until mixed. If it’s too dry, add more beer. Pour by ½ cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden brown.
If you’re serving this at a party or brunch, make the mancakes small enough to fit into a beer mug and put maple syrup into empty beer bottles. Give each guest their own mug full of mancakes and a beer bottle of maple syrup.
They can pour their mancakes out of the mug to eat.
(I realize adding this serving suggestion might emasculate the entire recipe, but I couldn’t help myself.)
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