Friday, June 24, 2011

Zucchini Pancakes

   I love a lazy weekend brunch.  However, that must include that I am lazy too.  I never want to work too hard in the mornings if it is just for me and the hubs.  That doesn't mean I don't like to make special things, I just like to take shortcuts.  Pancake mix is one of my favorite shortcuts.  Not all mixes are created equal though.  The only kind I buy for general use is Bisquick Heart Smart because it is the closest to what you would mix up in your own kitchen.

   Doctoring up pancake mix is so easy.  You can add whatever you want and create something fantastic.  These zucchini pancakes are wonderful for a savory summer brunch.  Easy and a great alternative to regular pancakes or biscuits.  Pair with eggs and bacon, coffee and juice and you are ready to eat!
Zucchini Pancakes
1 C Bisquick Heart Smart mix
1 C shredded zucchini (2 small), quickly pat dry
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 egg white
1/2 C buttermilk (maybe a little more, ~2 Tbsp)*
extra virgin olive oil

   Combine pancake mix and herbs and spices.  Toss zucchini in flour mixture.  Make a well.  Add egg white and buttermilk.  Combine. 
   *If your zucchini is very wet, add a couple more tablespoons of pancake mix.  Mine were actually on the dry side and made the mix a bit gummy so I added a little more buttermilk.  Adjust yours as needed.
   Let mixture sit for 8-10 minutes.  (It will proof and appear slightly frothy; this ensures your pancakes come out fluffy.)
   Over medium, heat a little evoo and butter in a not stick skillet or griddle. ( Preheat oven to 250 deg F if you will need to cook pancakes in batches.)
   Scoop 1/4 of the mixture onto heated surface per pancake.  When edges are set and the surface is dotted with little bubbles, flip.  Cook another 2-3 minutes until bottom is golden.  (Transfer to a baking sheet in the oven if cooking in batches.)
   Top with a pat of butter for service.
   Makes 4 5-inch(ish) pancakes.  Serves 2-4.

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  1. I love zucchini but I never seem to actually eat a lot of it...I should give these a whirl.

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  2. I will try pancakes made of anything and everything. Bring it.
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