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Mancakes Recipe
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Chef John’s Mancakes
Do Dad a flavor favor! Cornmeal pancakes with built-in bacon and Cheddar cheese. See more
  • READY IN 45 mins


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"Sweet/savory hybrids can be tricky sometimes but I think this worked beautifully. We are talking about bacon, cheese, and onions after all, so it wasn't that big of a shock. The way the chipotle-spiced maple syrup brought everything together was a risk well rewarded."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    45 mins


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes; remove from heat. Stir green onions into bacon and saute in hot fat until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer bacon mixture to a strainer to drain, retaining drippings.
  2. Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Add drained bacon mixture, milk, Cheddar cheese, eggs, melted butter, and sugar to flour mixture; whisk until batter is smooth. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine maple syrup and chipotle chile powder together in a small bowl; whisk until chile powder is completely dissolved.
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon bacon drippings, 1 teaspoon oil, and 1 teaspoon butter on a griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by 1/4-cupful onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Transfer pancakes to plate and top with maple syrup.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 14, 2014

I tried just half recipe so I would know what they were like before making these for Father's Day tomorrow. It is the first for my son. I know he will love these as I did when I tried them out. I did omit the onions but only because I didn't have any. I will buy some before tomorrow. Thanks Chef John

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 14, 2015

Not bad but added cumin and fresh corn kernels to the batter. Served with shredded taco chicken and cojita cheese. Will make again with the added changes.

Jun 16, 2014

excellent way to dress up pancakes.

Jun 14, 2014

I just did not have green onions on hand, so I use sweet onions ... Uhm yummy!

Jun 15, 2014

Although I liked the concept, it didn't work as pancakes for me. So I made savory muffins from the remaining batter instead. They turned out great. Baked them at 350 for 22 minutes. Mine could have been browner on top, next time I might brush tops with butter for the last couple of minutes. Try it and don't be afraid to add your own twist to this basic recipe.

Jun 16, 2014

Great flavor combo!!!

Jun 15, 2014

Everyone loved them including my 10 year old son! Didn't change a thing with the recipe. The chili syrup was really good but we did alternate toppings of butter with blackberry jam& even salsa. I will definitely be hearing a request for Mancakes again!

Jun 16, 2014

Wonderful! I cooked them exactly as Chef John suggested and my family loved them! I cook brunch only a few times a year and when I do I serve up decadence and these suit. Three cheers for a gifted chef! Keep up the good work!


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  • Calories
  • 502 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 73.3 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 102 mg
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 17.2 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 15 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 968 mg
  • 39%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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