10 Ways to Justifiably Eat Pancakes for Dinner

10 Ways to Justifiably Eat Pancakes for Dinner

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Meghan Splawn
Nov 29, 2017
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Personally I never need a reason to make pancakes for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is almost a bi-weekly celebration of a near-empty fridge, and there are pretty much always pancake ingredients on hand. But if you need an excuse to eat pancakes for dinner, choosing pancakes with either a short ingredient list or a savory component easily justifies the occasion.

1. Cornbread Pancakes with Strawberry Compote

My family is obsessed with these slightly savory cornmeal-based pancakes. When topped with crumbled cooked sausage and drizzled with syrup, they are an ideal breakfast for dinner.

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2. The Easiest Low-Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes

These five-ingredient pancakes are decidedly sweet, but with a little extra protein thanks to cream cheese, eggs, and a tiny amount of flour they are plenty filling for dinner. Plus, the batter comes together in a blender in less than a minute.

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3. How To Make 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

This recipe is beloved by many readers and editors for its short ingredient list — just bananas and eggs — so you have no excuse not to make pancakes. Get the syrup ready.

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4. Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes

For pancakes that are equal amounts cheese and flour, use ricotta! You can add shredded veggies to the batter or top with a warm fruit compote for a seriously satisfying dinner.

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5. Sweet Potato Pancakes

Sweet potatoes totally count as dinner, right? Work a few into pancakes and serve with crispy bacon and maple syrup and enjoy sweet potatoes as breakfast for dinner.

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6. Pumpkin Pancakes with Cranberry Topping

You know that can of pumpkin that's hiding in your pantry from Thanksgiving? Use it up in these pumpkin pancakes; cranberries totally optional.

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7. Savory Tex-Mex Dutch Baby Pancake

Dutch baby pancakes are incredible on their own, but adding some savory flavors to the batter and topping with black beans and a quick salsa makes for an out-of-this-world pancake. This is a decidedly savory, perfect-for-dinner affair.

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8. Savory Carrot & Zucchini Pancakes

You knew a few vegetable pancakes had to make this list! These savory carrot and zucchini pancakes can be adapted to almost any leftover vegetables. Any bits and bobs from the crisper drawer are a reason to make this pancake.

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9. How To Make Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes aren't always considered as a centerpiece for the dinner table, but if you pair these with a couple of runny fried eggs for dipping, you've got an easy breakfast-meets-dinner meal.

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10. Kimchi Pancakes (Kimchijeon)

These kimchi pancakes are great for using up a jar of kimchi. They have a short ingredient list and are incredibly flavorful despite their small stature.

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