Sunday, January 11, 2009

Macaroni and cheese pancakes

Dana is here visiting, and today we made breakfast. Kind of hungover, greasy, unhealthy breakfast. Macaroni and cheese pancakes. (Yes, really). The NY Times Magazine had an article a while back about Kenny Shopsin's breakfast place in NYC, where he serves such things. Read the menu, it's beautiful. However, those of us who are gluten-free can't go there, he doesn't appreciate anyone asking to have things special made. Oh well. 

We had macaroni and cheese last night, and of course had a little leftover. We grated some more cheese, and whipped up some pancake batter (we decided on cornmeal pancakes instead of regular ones, which we thought was a great choice) and made some macaroni and cheese pancakes. They were surprisingly, really, really good. Dana ate hers with BBQ sauce, I ate mine plain, but if my stomach hadn't hurt so much I might have tried them with honey or syrup. 

Macaroni and Cheese Pancakes
Pancake recipe previously posted here

1 c cornmeal
1 T honey
1 t Kosher salt
3/4 c boiling water
2 t baking powder
1/2 c milk
2 T oil
1/2 c flour mix
1/4 t xanthan gum
1 c cooked gluten free macaroni
1/2 c shredded cheese

Combine cornmeal, honey and salt in a bowl. Pour over the water, stir, and cover. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add the baking powder, milk, oil, flour mix, and xanthan gum and stir to combine. Heat up your griddle or cast iron pan with a tiny bit of oil, until when you drop a drop of water onto the pan it sizzles. Spoon batter onto hot pan, and when one side is done (bubbles have risen to the surface and popped, cake moves easily when pushed with a spatula), sprinkle some macaroni evenly over the uncooked side, then top with cheese. Carefully flip over, press down with the back of the spatula and let cook a few minutes until crispy on the bottom. Repeat with the rest of the batter. 


  1. Perfect hangover food. The BBQ sauce sounds kinda gross, but I'd definitely try it with some syrup.

  2. Anonymous10:45 AM

    Love the idea of converting one comfort into another! Very clever.

  3. oooo! I've made cheddar pancakes in the past and with maple syrup they have a surprisingly buttery flavour that goes well as a sweet option. I bet the mac n cheese variation would as well, if you can get over the weirdness of the idea. =)

  4. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Mac n' cheese Pancakes for breakfast? with syrup? eeeew!! it this an American thing?

  5. Pay no attention to Anonymous...this is a brilliant idea! I love the salty sweet aspect of it. It's not that far off from cheesy cornbread. What a fabulous hungover breakfast. I will definitely be trying these out!

  6. I like the sound of using extra mac and cheese like this!

  7. Hi. I live in NYC and have celiacs. I've actually been to shopsins. If you order smart, it's ok. I got some sort of corn tortilla lasagna with eggs. It was delicious. And Kenny Shopsin and his kids are exactly like you would imagine them to be..insane, cool, weird, rude, funny, etc. I loved it there. It's quite an experience.

    That said, these pancakes look delicious and I will have to try them sometime!

  8. Anonymous11:54 AM

    my friend Justin suggested that these be eaten with hot sauce and maple syrup! why didn't we think of that?

  9. Syd- I didn't really like them with bbq sauce, and I really like bbq sauce on everything. I just ate them plain.

    Hillary- Thanks! I didn't make it up myself, though,I might not be that creative.

    Aleta- I've never heard of cheddar pancakes, I bet they are delicious. You're right, the cheese melts and gets greasy and almost buttery, mmmmm!

    Anon- No, it's a weird thing for Americans too!

    Alejandra - YES! It was the perfect hangover breakfast. I will be making it again. Possibly served with bacon.

    Kevin- Thanks! I need to use leftovers creatively otehrwise I forget to eat them.

    Erin- I figured there was some stuff on the menu that we can eat, but I'd be afraid to ask to make sure there's a clean grill and utensils etc. I bet it's an experience!

    D- I DONT KNOW! I saw that!! He is smart.

  10. What a great idea! Looks yummy!

  11. This is funny! I just made gluten free Mac and cheese pancakes a few weeks ago...I didn't have a recipe nor would I have thought a gluten free recipe was out there on the web already! I tried them with maple syrup and loved it!