My easy pancake bake is one of my more popular recipes because of how simple it is to prepare and serve. This is a savory version of the easy pancake bake, which includes crisp bacon, cheddar cheese and scallions, and is reminiscent of corn bread. Pair this savory bacon and cheddar pancake bake with a delicious runny egg or omelet for the ultimate breakfast.
All about this savory pancake bake
One of my more popular recipes is my Easy Pancake Bake and it’s many varieties. Over the years, I have gotten requests to do a savory version, and I always was hesitant about how it would turn out. I am glad I overcame my fears, because this will quickly become one of my new favorite breakfasts to meal prep.
I will admit I was nervous to combine savory flavors with a pancake recipe, but this turned out beyond my expectations. When I was developing this recipe, I was torn between using bacon or sausage. Since I already have a recipe for Pigs in a Blanket Breakfast Muffins which uses breakfast sausage for a sweet and savory combination, I went the bacon route. This pancake bake is reminiscent of cornbread; it’s slightly crumbly like a cornbread would be, and since the pancake mix I use isn’t sweet, the savory notes pair perfectly here.
This pancake bake features crispy center cut bacon, plus the bacon grease (trust me on this), protein-packed pancake mix, an egg and milk to hold it all together, cheddar cheese for cheesy goodness, and scallions.
To serve this pancake bake, I recommend pairing it with eggs. Here, I did a sunny-side up egg, but an omelet would be delicious too, especially for meal prep purposes.
This pancake bake makes a perfect meal prep; it makes four generous servings, and stores perfectly when covered in the fridge. To reheat, simply microwave it or pop it in the toaster oven.
What are the benefits of making a pancake bake?
The original pancake bake was created out of laziness, when I wanted to make multiple pancakes in one shot without standing at the stove flipping them individually. We have all been there… the family is waiting for pancakes, and you are serving each person individually as they come off the stove. Or, if you want to meal prep, you are spending time cooking pancakes and then storing them for the week. Making a pancake bake takes all of that stress away, while everything bakes in one dish in the oven. It’s the easiest meal prep ever. It takes just a couple of minutes to assemble, and then it bakes in the oven while you do something else!
What you’ll need to make the savory pancake bake
To make this recipe, here’s what you’ll need (note: the stats for this recipe are calculated using the brands noted0;
- pancake mix (I use this protein pancake mix to help keep me satisfied longer, but any will do)
- baking powder
- an egg
- milk (I use unsweetened almond milk, but any variety of milk will do)
- cheddar cheese (I use reduced fat for some healthy fats and creaminess, but fat free will work too)
- center cut bacon
How to make the savory bacon and cheddar pancake bake
This is so easy to make, similar to my easy pancake bake recipe. There’s just one extra step, and that’s frying up the bacon!
To make this recipe, start by preheating your oven to 350F. Next, grab a small frying pan and chop your bacon into bite-sized pieces. Add the bacon to the frying pan, and cook it for about 10 minutes or until it is super crispy and the fat has rendered off. Remove the pan from the heat, and set aside until you are ready to use it.
Next, add the pancake mix, baking powder, egg, milk, and cheese to a mixing bowl, and stir to combine. Then, add your chopped scallion, and the cooked bacon along with the bacon grease. Don’t be afraid of the bacon grease! When you are reading nutritional labels, the stats include the fat on the bacon, so we might as well use it! It adds more flavor to this dish and helps bring it all together.
Spray a pie plate (or tart pan) with cooking spray, and then pour the batter in. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the bake is set up.
How to serve the savory pancake bake
Because of the savory notes in this recipe, I do not top this bake with syrup like I would with a traditional pancake bake. I recommend serving this pancake bake with an egg (if you are an egg person), or additional strips of bacon or sausage links, and some fresh fruit. Here, I paired mine with some fresh sliced tomato and an over-easy egg. It was divine!
Savory Bacon and Cheddar Pancake Bake
- mixing bowl
- frying pan
- baking dish
- 4 slices center cut bacon, chopped
- 1 cup pancake mix, used: Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond milk, cashew milk or skim milk
- 1/3 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
- 1 scallion, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Chop the bacon and add it to a small frying pan.
- Turn the heat to medium, and cook the bacon until crispy and all fat has rendered off, about 10 minutes,
- Liberally spray a pie plate or baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine the pancake bake, baking powder, egg, milk, cheese, chopped scallion, the cooked bacon AND the bacon grease from the pan.
- Pour the batter into the sprayed baking dish.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cut into four servings.
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