Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day? All three names applied to yesterday, the day before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. We love any excuse to celebrate something different than our every day life, but what to make for dinner?

I was thinking about making a jambalaya, but it was getting late and my energy was waning. A trip to the grocery store and fish market sounded like too much work.

All day long the IHOP in Hyannis advertised free pancakes on the radio. They do this on “Pancake Day” every year to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that donates money to hospitals specializing in pediatric care.

There’s nothing like hearing the same ad all day long to start a craving, and the Kitchen Genius had a hankering for pancakes. Best of all, we had every one of the ingredients right in our pantry. In fact a quick check of our supplies is what inspired this recipe.

This really was the perfect comfort food after a long, hard day of work - and a kid favorite.

No holiday is complete without a cocktail to go with it, so I whipped up a batch of Blood Orange Martinis to go with our pancakes. They were really more like fresh juice screwdrivers than martinis, but I shook them and served them straight up in martini glasses. Yum!


Cathy at Noble Pig invited me to include this recipe at her monthly Potato Ho Down, a roundup of scrumptious potato recipes. I'm honored to do so!

Click on the link above and join in the fun! The deadline for this month's event is March 18, so you've got plenty of time to come up with your own spudilicious dish.

The Recipes:

Sweet Potato Pancakes
Makes 12 medium sized pancakes

1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (about two medium sized ones)
1 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten

Prick sweet potatoes with tines of a fork to release steam and cook in microwave for 6 to 7 minutes or until tender. Cut open skins and allow to cool. When cool, place in medium bowl and mash with a fork.

Meanwhile stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

Add melted butter to sweet potatoes and stir. Add milk and stir again until well blended. Add eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Cook on preheated, greased skillet until golden on each side.

Caramelized Bananas

1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
4 bananas, peeled and sliced

Melt butter in skillet. Add brown sugar and maple syrup and stir until well blended. Gently place banana slices in mixture and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, flipping banana slices once. Serve on top of pancakes or ice cream. Top with toasted pecans.

For a printable recipe click here

Blood Orange Martinis
Makes 2

3 blood oranges
2 tangerines
1 teaspoon sugar
4 ounces of vodka

Fill martini shaker with ice. Juice the oranges and tangerines. Remove any seeds and pour juice over ice. Add sugar and vodka. Shake well. Rub rim of glass with a slice of the orange left over after juicing. Dip glass in sugar. Pour and enjoy!

For a printable recipe click here


Alison said...

Laurie, We had pancakes yummy. And the blood orange martini is a favorite of mine. I like to add a spash of orange liquor in addition to vodka. :)

By the way, I love your new widget at the bottom of each post. Very cool!

Anonymous said...

Oh seriously you should enter these into out Potato Ho Down...really they ARE AWESOME!

Heather said...

whoa. you did not just make that. i cannot get over the amazing deliciousness of this!!!! and the martinis?!? you know i love a good mixed drink. blood orange is one of my faaaavorite flavors!

Laurie said...

Great suggestion, Alison! Do you add Cointreau? We had some Triple Sec that I thought about adding, but it was old and tasted off - like wine that is just starting to turn.

I've been wanting to join the Ho Down ever since I heard about it! Thanks for the suggestion, Cathy.

Thanks, Heather! You're a girl after my heart - and stomach.

Alison said...

Cointreau a definite yes...triple sec and curacao also work well!

Lo said...

Oh, gosh -- those pancakes are fantastic. Totally Ho-Down worthy! The caramelized bananas throw this completely over the edge for me.

vanillasugarblog said...

LOL martini's with pancakes! Yes, why the hell not! Girl I love your crazy ways.

Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Hey speaking as a practicing Catholic, there's no better way to welcome in a Christian seaon than with a martini - YOURS IS FABULOUS!!!

The pancakes looks fantastic, I love that they are sweet potato! Call me Elvis with those carmelized bananas!

NKP said...

ohmygod! I need to eat some of this. Sounds wonderful.

Leslie said...

Mmm..I could live on those pancakes!!

Reeni said...

The pancakes look wonderful!! And the drink so delicious! What a perfect match.

Laurie said...

Thanks for the tip Alison! Next time I'm adding Cointreau.

Dawn, I'm LOL right along with you about the martinis with pancakes. They really were mostly fresh squeezed juice, but it sure seemed more appropriate than the red wine we usually drink with dinner!

Katherine, I've been to Graceland twice and both times I got all choked up at the memorial circle. My parents loved Elvis, so that is the music of my youth.

Anonymous said...

Yum! I'd eat this for dinner, dessert and then I'd be craving it again come morning. Delicious. Sweet potatoes are great because they taste almost like candy but they're so nutritious!

test it comm said...

Those pancakes look great!

Anonymous said...

Now I would have never thought of combining sweet potatoes with bananas and pancakes. What a great dish for the Potato Ho roundup!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, this was a really nice recipe! I substituted 1/2 cup wheat flour and they turned out quite delicious.