It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You open your fridge and remember that it’s stuffed to the gills with leftovers. What do you do with it all? There are only so many sandwiches, burritos, and pizzas you can make. Never fear, we’re here to find even more ways for you to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers! This recipe features cranberry sauce. And by cranberry sauce I mean cranberry sauce that has whole cranberries in it. Not the pure jellied stuff. I’m not dissing the canned, jelly cranberry sauce, I have a soft spot for it in my heart, but it won’t work for this recipe. You could also just toss in some smashed up cranberries if you want, but you’ll need to add extra sugar.
One of the absolute best parts about Summer? Besides the warm weather, longer days, lack of snow, cool thunderstorms, and vacation for some people, there is the oft-overlooked factor of fresh produce, specifically berries. Whether you have your own berry bushes in your yard or you’re able to hit up a local farm which sells their own, nothing beats nice freshly picked berries (especially blueberries)! You can use them pretty much in anything, but a longtime favorite is in baked goods and breakfast foods. I mean, sure you can just eat them on their own, by why do that when you can put those suckas inside of a pancake? It looks and tastes super deluxe, and it will definitely be something you miss, come Winter.
Oatmeal and pancakes are two great breakfast staples. But… have you ever wondered… what would happen if you combined the two? Okay, so probably not, it’s not that exciting sounding, however it does create a really yummy pancake. We’ve experimented with oats in pancakes before and it pretty much just gives that nice, robust, oat-y flavor to the pancakes. And actually they tend to flip better when cooking since the oats bond the batter together pretty well! So not only are they tasty, but also make your life easier, if at least for the few minutes while cooking these guys.
It’s long been a tradition in my family that come Christmastime, my parents have family and friends over for a traditional German meal. One thing that always confused me however was the addition of homemade potato pancakes, also known as latkes. Generally most people associate them with Hannukah and Jewish people. Not for nothin’, but we’re all Christian in my family, so I never really got the connection. Fast-forward to me being an adult and having a more worldly view of, well, the world; I discovered that potato pancakes actually share a pretty wide open history, being eaten by lots of cultures. Specifically, Germany has a big history of eating potato pancakes. Suddenly, everything made sense to me. And by everything, I mean the fact my parents were serving them at a German meal. No matter whether you’re Jewish or German or whatever, latkes are delicious. Spoilers: They’re also incredibly easy to make.
Gingerbread men are a Christmas favorite cookie. What you may not be aware of though, is that gingerbread itself is actually a type of baked good similar to pumpkin bread. I know, right? Ginger-bread. Holy shit! But revelations aside, they taste pretty much the same as gingerbread cookies that we all know and love. If you’re aiming to capture that flavor but don’t want to make a whole tray of cookies, or an entire loaf of bread, there is one alternative: gingerbread pancakes.