Smoked ham pancakes! It might sound a little crazy, but I promise you that once you try pancakes with ham, you’ll be hooked for life.
They’re every bit as light and fluffy as traditional hotcakes but with the extra savory goodness of ham inside, they’re even better.
You have to taste to believe!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HAM FOR MAKING PANCAKES WITH HAM
Use fresh-cut ham from the deli, not pre-packaged ham. It might be a tad more expensive but the flavor and quality are far superior and there aren’t all those nasty preservatives and additives.
I like using smoked ham the most but I also use baked ham when I can’t find smoked in the deli.
Ask for shaved ham, not sliced ham. The delicate shaved sheets are much better than using slices. If you can’t get the ham shaved (please try!) ask for extremely thin slices.
DO I HAVE TO USE BISQUICK FOR SMOKED HAM PANCAKES?
Of course not, but I like it because it doesn’t include the extra sugar most pancake mixes contain. That being said, you can absolutely mix up a batch of your favorite pancake mix and use it to make these smoked ham pancakes.
HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES WITH HAM
The ideal griddle or electric skillet temperature is 375 degrees. Whisk together the batter ingredients just until ingredients are combined, then let it rest. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle. Immediately place bits of shredded ham over the tops.
Let pancakes cook until the bubbles on top burst. Flip over and continue cooking until pancakes are golden on the bottom and ham is starting to crisp.
Drizzle with maple syrup when serving.
There’s just enough ham to bring in the flavor while staying subtle and not changing the always desirable fluffiness of pancakes.
Smoked ham pancakes are the most scrumptious pancakes ever.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST PANCAKES
A lumpy batter is ok! Mix ingredients just until combined. A whisk will break up the biggest lumps and the others are just fine.
Let batter rest before using.
For best results, use an electric griddle. It maintains the perfect cooking temperature for perfect pancakes.
Pancakes only need to be flipped once during cooking. Too many flips and they’ll start to lose their fluffiness.
HOW TO FREEZE PANCAKES
Place the cooked pancakes on parchment paper-lined cookie trays and freeze for about 30 minutes. Once they’re completely frozen, stack them in a resealable freezer-safe bag. The frozen pancakes will keep for 1-2 months if properly frozen and stored.
HOW TO REHEAT FROZEN PANCAKES
Microwave: Place frozen pancakes on a microwave-safe plate and microwave about 20 seconds for a single pancake and about a minute for 4-5 pancakes. Time may vary depending on microwave wattage.
Toaster: This method of reheating pancakes does work, but they can get crispy if they heat too long.
Oven: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay pancakes flat on a baking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Bake about 10 minutes until warm and soft. This is a great method when you need to reheat a large number of pancakes.
Smoked Ham Pancakes
- 1/2 lb smoked ham shaved
- 2 cups Bisquick
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium bowl, whisk together Bisquick, egg, milk and vanilla just until moistened. Let rest for at least 5 minutes.
Preheat electric skillet or griddle to 375 degrees. Spray with butter or olive oil cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake, immediately placing shaved ham over top. Cook until bubbles begin to pop and bottoms are golden. Flip pancake and cook until pancake is golden and ham is starting to brown. Serve drizzled with maple syrup.
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