Showing posts with label pancakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pancakes. Show all posts

Friday, April 5, 2013

Piggy Pancakes...you won't believe


PANCAKES...yum !

PORK RIND PANCAKES...what ???

pancakes made with crispy chicharones instead of flour...HUH ?
and
they are GLUTEN and DAIRY FREE !
low carb, high protein.


yes...i've made these a few times.  every time i make them even i am in disbelief that a pancake made with these strange ingredients can work so well and be so good.  this time i went a step further and made them dairy free using coconut milk instead of cream.
people are amazed.  one of my friends, Chef Lisa, wanted a whole stack...and another good friend, Stephanie who is my gluten free- dairy free judge, said she would drive miles to get a plate of these.

believe it or not...you would never know they are made with pork rinds.  of course, they are not quite like your plain ordinary pancake, but you'd be surprised with the  light fluffy cakey texture...just right for a little drizzle of maple syrup.   for a little extra kick i used "hot & spicy", but the regular might be a better choice for the first timer.

really...give these a try.
even if it's just for the pure fun and disbelief.  i know you will be pleasantly surprised....and you'll have quite the conversation piece for a unique delicious satisfying breakfast.

NUTRITION
approx. per cake (batch of 9)
98 calories...8.2g protein...1.1g carbs...6g fat


PORK RIND PANCAKES
gluten and dairy free
makes 8 or 9  4" inch pancakes

3 1/2 oz. pork rinds, "hot n Spicy" are delicious
2 whole large eggs and 3 whites, slightly mixed
1/4 cup coconut milk, canned
1/4 cup water
3-4 Tbsp sugar or substitute
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

1st...put pork rinds in a food processor until very fine and powdered consistency.  you should use puffy crispy pork rinds found at any large market.
for the batter....i used an immersion blender, but i suppose a regular blender would be fine.  put your wet ingredients in first and give it a good whirl so the eggs are good and fluffy.  add the pork rinds and give it a whirl.  now add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.  if it is too thick to blend, add more coconut milk.  let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes.  it will thicken even more...add some more water and/or coconut milk until it is a slightly thick, yet pourable consistency.  if you want to make waffles it should stay on the thicker side.  go ahead and do a taste test...the eggs won't kill you.  add more sugar or cinnamon?
cook as you would normal pancakes (adjust thickness again if necessary)...bubbles on the first side, then flip to finish until cooked through.

best right off the skillet, but i can't eat a whole batch so i refrigerate the rest and reheat in the toaster oven or microwave.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Farmer's Cheese Pancakes...


delicate, light, delicious breakfast treat.

like little velvet bellini with a hint of lemon.

i came across this particular recipe while googling around for cottage cheese pancakes.  i found a ton of recipes for "Syrniki" aka...Russian pancakes made with Farmer's Cheese.  i've never had the pleasure of a true Russian pancake, but i thought i'd give these a try.  i'm sure every Russian Grandmother makes them them better than the next, but this is where i'll start.  i hope i get some good comments from readers with their own "Syrniki" recipes. 
these are just what i was looking for.  something with a little less flour and a little more protein.  they're pretty healthy...lighter than your American pancake and they can be served for breakfast, brunch or made into some cute creative layered dessert.  mine didn't make it to the dessert idea...they were all gone before i could get to it.  i'll make these again this weekend for the holidays when the troops arrive.  farmer's cheese isn't at my local market and they are a little delicate in the pan, but worth the extra shopping trip and a little patience with the batter.


FARMER'S CHEESE PANCAKES...
found at www.npr.org.  original from chef Vitaly Paley

330g farmer's cheese ...i used Friendship Farmer's Cheese
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp sugar or substitute
3-4 Tbsp white whole wheat flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
a squeeze of lemon
a little zest for more lemon flavor

mix the wet ingredients...farmer's cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla until combined with no lumps.  chef Vitaly's grandmother suggests mixing the lemon juice and baking soda in a little bowl (for fluffier cakes), stir well. and add to the wet ingredients.  add the flour and baking powder, start with 3 Tbsp flour....batter should be a little thicker than regular pancake batter.  depending on the moisture of your farmer's cheese you might need to add a little more flour.  add a little lemon zest.  now go ahead and taste the batter, it won't kill you.  more sugar?...more zest?...
heat your skillet with a little butter or oil of choice... but a little butter won't hurt ya AND "butter makes everything better".
warning...the first pancake is always a bit of a "flub".  mine started to look good after about the 3rd one.  i made them pretty small, about 2 1/2 to 3 inches across and i got about 12.  smaller are easier to flip.  cook the first side until you see good looking bubbles form on the top...(pretty much like regular pancakes).  flip and cook other side.  i had a nice light brown color on mine as shown.

these are delicate pancakes.  don't loose patience with the flipping.
or...add a little more flour to thicken the dough.

serve with syrup of choice...maple is nice...ginger would be delicious with fresh berries...
OR they are fabulous with a dollop of vanilla greek yogurt and homemade jam.

absolutely delicious right off the skillet, but they do save well in the fridge for the next day or two.  we found ourselves eating them right out of the fridge with a little homemade Meyer Lemon Lavender Marmalade (posting soon)...

approx. nutrition 
using sugar sub. with 12 per batch
each pancake...57 calories...1.1 carb...3.4 fat...and 5.1 protein

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