"This is a breakfast alternative and can be served with omelets and/or breakfast meat. They are not meant to be sweet, although the squash has it's own sweetness. The dried shallots add a subtle background flavor and are not at all obvious. No one will have a clue that they are eating squash, so it's a good way to get nutrients into those picky eaters. If desired, you could serve them with maple syrup." — Josie Adams
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dried minced shallots
freshly grated nutmeg
mashed, cooked butternut squash
vegetable oil, or as needed
fat free sour cream
I had already cooked a squash for dinner when the kids begged for pancakes, so here is where I landed in my search for a compromise. I followed the lead of another reviewer and doubled the quantity of everything but squash. Sadly, they were way too salty! I had no nutmeg so used pumpkin pie spice with good results. Instead of frying in oil, I made them on my electric griddle. With milk added to thin the batter, the 1/4 cup of batter made nice thin pancakes that tasted like pumpkin pie. They cook a little slower than standard pancakes, but provided a tasty solution to my dinner dilemma. I will make these again, with adjustments.
These were OK as written. However, with a few tweaks I think they could be excellent! The batter was way too thick for pancakes and did not cook evenly, mostly because of the squash. (In fact, I think these would make great dinner cakes as written, maybe over some kind of black bean/sweet corn bed.) I would cut the amount of squash in half for pancakes. I would also add some sugar to the batter, maybe a few tablespoons. The author says they are not meant to be sweet, but I think a little sweetness would improve them a lot as pancakes. I was quite surprised the recipe did not call for milk. I might add some milk (maybe 2 tbsp or so) if the batter is still too thick. I'm looking forward to trying these again, as I always have way too much butternut squash leftover!
I used shredded yellow squash that was leftover from my garden, instead of the mashed butternut squash. This worked fine, but I added a little honey to the mixture since yellow is not as sweet as butternut. I also used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
This recipe is well received in this house. The only problem I had was the darkening of the outer crust, probably due to the sugar content of the squash. Aside from that, it is a very good recipe for us sugar sensitive people or thiose that just want something a little different for breakfast. I ate two 1/4 cup servings and felt satisfied with the ammount as opposed to eating two same size pancakes that give me an over stuffed feeling. This recipe is five stars for flavor.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Savory Butternut Squash Pancakes
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 36
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