Gingerbread Surprise Beignets with Spiced Mocha Hot Chocolate.
Really, there are not many words for this dinner.
Other than completely awesome, easy (like embarrassingly easy) and simple.
I know that nothing about this recipe is a new concept or anything, but sometimes I feel like we all just need a little reminder about the beauty of simplicity. And in today’s case, I mean a little reminder about breakfast for dinner…which may just be the best kind of dinner. Anytime you can eat pancakes with butter and maple syrup you know that things are going to be good.
I have no idea what brought on this whole breakfast for dinner thing, but when I thought about it as I was hiking, I knew I had to make pancakes for dinner. Not breakfast, not lunch, but dinner.
The classic breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, bacon and eggs. Come on, it sounds so good, right?
I love the idea of breakfast for dinner, but I never get the chance to actually make breakfast for dinner because whenever I make breakfast, it normally all gets eaten by lunch.
But this time, I actually made breakfast at dinnertime and not one person complained, not one. They loved it – I loved it – it was just an all around cherished meal. Especially by my mom. I think this may just be her favorite dinner. Err, well, maybe crepes would be her favorite, yeah she might have liked crepes a little better, but this was so easy and I had everything on hand. Winner, winner, breakfast-dinner.
Alrighty, so I since I actually made these at night, I didn’t take pictures because I only shoot with natural light. This means, I made more the very next day. It really wasn’t a problem though, because I was happy for another round of pancakes. They never get old, plus I still have plenty of mouths around to push them into.
I knew I wanted to tell you guys about this breakfast/dinner the second I smelled the first hot pancake coming off the griddle (it’s the combo of buttermilk, ricotta and a lot of vanilla).
When I made these the first time, I actually made about sixty pancakes. Yeah, sixty. I spent probably forty-five minutes in front of the stove flipping pancakes at nine o’clock at night. That got a little old, but I had to feed ten people breakfast and eight of those ten people where hungry boys that had been outside snowboarding all day. So yeah, I knew I would need a lot of pancakes, practically a month’s worth of bacon and a decent amount of eggs (the boys did not get the spinach, sun-dried tomato and goat cheese eggs – obviously). We only had one pancake leftover and zero bacon (of course).
I do have to say, that I am never making that many pancakes again. I will be saving “breakfast for dinner” for smaller groups of six or less. That was just too much flipping for one night. Still, I think it was worth it because this was the best dinner. I do not think I can say that enough – best, best, best.
Oh, and since we enjoyed these with the Christmas tree all lit up nearby, I thought I’d throw a little festiviness into the photos. Made sense in my mind.
Here’s the deal, I may never make pancakes without whipped egg whites and ricotta again. I actually said this once last winter, but somehow I forget. I will make sure that does not happen again. These are the lightest, fluffiest pancakes around and the simple flavors just allow everything to shine in their own way. All they need is butter and real deal maple syrup (no sugary stuff!!). Simple as that. Trust me, you will be able to eat a stack of ten without even thinking twice.
As for the candied bacon, this was actually my first time making it. I sort of did my own thing by adding in some maple, but wow, that stuff is good. I am not even a bacon fanatic, like at all, but I could see snacking on that stuff all December long. For some reason it just feels like a December food to me. Actually, the whole breakfast for dinner concept feels like a December thing. Maybe it’s the busy days that call for cozy nights or the fact that December should just be extra sweet in general, but whatever the reason I think this is the meal for December. Yup, declaring it now.
The eggs I honestly added just for balance, but they actually ended up being delicious. I blame this on the sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Those two ingredients, especially together will always be delicious. Plus, the eggs give us the protein and the spinach + sun-dried tomatoes give us our veggies and fruit.
See there, that is a very balanced meal.
Now who is with me? Breakfast for dinner tonight??
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Umm, for sure. How can you resist Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes with Maple Candied Bacon and eggs for dinner? You just can’t.
If you make these Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes with Maple Candied Bacon, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Breakfast for dinner is my idea of heaven! I totally agree on the whipped egg whites thing, but I’ve only ever added ricotta to pancakes once (once!? why!?) These pancakes – and everything with them – look delicious!
Thanks so much! 🙂 Happy almost Friday!
Buttermilk pancake are the best, why have I never added ricotta?! These look perfectly fluffy!
Thanks so much!
Excellent, however, I make ricotta pancakes all the time, I use bisquick and add the ricotta cheese, simple and delish…
Breakfast for dinner is ALWAYS a good idea, and sometimes simplicity is best!
YES! Breakfast for dinner is the best! Love how fluffy these pancakes are!
Great grandma would be proud
Really?? Did she do this a lot? That is awesome and thanks for the comment aunt Diane! Hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!
This is SO my kind of dinner. Yes, yes, yes.
I love love love breakfast for dinner and this looks amazing. You had me at ricotta, which is like my all time most favoritist food. Dumb question: can I make waffles with this recipe instead of pancakes?
Hey Rebecca!! I think waffles would be awesome, sound delish!
Let me know how it goes and enjoy!
Wow, total waffle success! Best waffle I’ve ever made, hands down. And the goat cheese and spinach in the eggs! So good! This was the perfect brinner! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipes! Keep them coming!
That is awesome! SO happy these work as waffles and that they are a hit! 🙂
Thanks Rebecca and have a great weekend!
We love breakfast for dinner around here! I’ll be making these very soon Tieghan!
Thanks so much, Kathy! Hope you are enjoying your week! 🙂
I can eat breakfast all day long. This is a most special breakfast in everyway. All three items are tasty just by themselves.
Yum! I’m sucker for breakfast for dinner because clearly…I love brunch! And these pancakes will make my dream sweeter and sweeter.
Morning! I am not a real fan of North American Pancakes. They are too dry and cake for me.
However these have me intrigued. With the egg whites beaten, does it make the pancakes less dry and cake?
The pancakes would be great with just the egg on top.
I have to say that these are some of the moistest pancakes. The combo of buttermilk, ricotta and eggw hites really helps to keep them from being dry. I think you might love them!
I might be a sicko here, but I LOVE that you used christmas lights in your styling!! so cute and creative 🙂
THANK YOU! I was worried lights might be overkill, but I kind of love them too! 🙂
I’m always up for breakfast for dinner meals! Maple candied bacon sounds delicious!
Nothing better than brinner and I can’t stop staring at these pictures!!
Agreed! Thanks Matt!