September is National Breakfast Month, and Krusteaz, makers of quality pancake, waffle and baking mixes, reminds us that breakfast food is not just for breakfast.
It’s also for dinner. According to a recent Krusteaz survey, having breakfast food for dinner, or “brinner,” is a growing trend. A whopping 91% of Americans say they have eaten breakfast foods for dinner—and we count ourselves among them.
Krusteaz suggests pancakes as part of your brinner.
Think of pancakes as a substitute for potatoes, potato pancakes or Yorkshire Pudding. Serve them with grilled meat or poultry and a savory sauce instead of maple syrup. We served them last night with leftover pot roast: a hit!
Consider a gluten-free mix. There are quite a few good ones on the market, including from Krusteaz.
You don’t have to make them sweet, covered with maple syrup. Here’s a savory recipe from Krusteaz.
RECIPE: APPLE HAM PANCAKE STRATA
You can use a gluten-free mix; you can substitute chicken for ham; you can add your own special touches. We added some dried cherries and cranberries, and next time will toss in a cup of grated Gruyère.
Prep time is 15 minutes, total time is 1 hour 10 minutes.
6 pancakes, prepared as directed and cut into 1-inch squares
1 cup diced apples
1 cup diced ham
1/4 cup half and half
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Optional: 2 tablespoons melted butter
Ingredients For 8-9 Servings
The “secret ingredient” in this strata: pancakes! Photo courtesy Krusteaz.
1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan.
2. PLACE the pancake pieces, apples and ham in the pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half and maple syrup; pour over the apple, ham and pancake mixture.
3. BAKE 40-45 minutes or longer if a firmer strata is preferred. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving. Brush with melted butter, if desired, and serve.