While buttermilk pancakes will forever hold a special place in our hearts, savory pancake recipes incorporating different cuisines and textures, like Indian flavors and vegetables have people talking and taste buds singing.
According to Flavor & the Menu, “in their new savory role, American-style pancakes are most often served silver-dollar size and stacked or shingled, making them an ideal sharing plate.” With sharing and Small Plates a huge food trend of 2015, this may be the boost your menu needs to keep customers on their toes.
Attract your customers by keeping an open mind and thinking outside the box with your pancakes. The chef at the Gardner, Andrew Wiseheart, showcases his culinary creations through seasonal “toppings on the panisse (a fried chickpea flour cake).” He expresses his understanding that the panisse can be easy to overthink, but chefs can use their creativity while experimenting. “One way to kick-up your pancakes a notch is to add a touch of the unexpected by incorporating a savory and tasty sauce topping, such as chili on a cornmeal based pancake,” says Hannah Carter of Burke, a leading manufacturer of pre-cooked meats in foodservice.
If you’re not sure where to start with adding savory pancakes to your menu, BuzzFeed serves you with 15 savory pancake ideas, including Pumpkin-Cheddar Pancakes with Rosemary for the true taste of fall at any time of the day.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with savory pancake ingredients! Poultry, seafood, and even vegetables play nice with this meal base. Ricotta Pancakes with Spinach and Cherry Tomatoes use fresh veggies to make a healthy, yet fulfilling entrée perfect for “brunchers” or a dinner special.
Just because pancakes can stand alone, doesn’t mean they should. Use savory pancakes to entice your customers with daring toppings and ingredients.