|I was compensated with product for this post, though the views expressed are all my own|
Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Jackie!
It seems as if there's a food holiday for everything. If, say, you want to take off work to observe National Wiener Schnitzel Day, then please mark your calendars for September 9. Or if you'd like to arrange your next vacation around a month-long celebration of salad, vinegar, or hamburgers, make sure to request your paid time off for the month of May.
Meanwhile, I am considering declaring my adherence to a pancake religion of some kind (it's as good as any) as this February 17 is National Pancake Day and I could really use a day off. Mind you, I have no quibble with a pancake holiday whatsoever, especially given the fact that I've been invited to celebrate it - and T-Fal's 60th anniversary - by the folks at Hungry Jack and T-Fal.
After all, the gifts of pancake day rival those of Christmas: For my participation, I received a package of Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake Mix and Hungry Jack Syrup, along with T-Fal's newest product, a 12-inch nonstick frypan, dubbed the Opticook due to a handy little circle in the middle that changes when the pan has reached proper cooking temperature. And, to spread the wealth, I have been authorized to award the very same bundle of goods to one lucky reader. More on that in a bit.
In return, I faithfully promised to come up with an original pancake creation of my own, which I now share with you.
Here are the cast of characters in my Pancake Day treat:
It was, as I recall, a perfectly-greasy deep-fried ham and cheese sandwich, served with a raspberry dipping sauce. For my interpretation, I used pancakes to roll up Black Forest ham, Brie, and berries, which I topped with more berries, lemon zest, and copious amounts of syrup. This would have pleased my young drunken soul -- it certainly pleased my (somewhat) older one!
The dish itself is pure simplicity. I must confess that I do not as a rule use pancake mix, as I'm a from-scratch kind of person; that said, the buttermilk mix made delicious pancakes and expedited the entire process immeasurably. And nothing stuck to the T-Fal pan (and the changing heat indicator circle, here obscured by a pancake, pleased my OCD):
First, follow the package directions on the Hungry Jack pancake mix (you literally just add water). Make your pancakes - again, this isn't rocket science and the T-Fal nonstick pan makes this super easy - and when you've made as many as you like, lay a few slices of Black Forest ham, a healthy bit of Brie, and some berries on each individual pancake, like so:
Roll those babies up and top with more berries, some lemon zest, and a whole mess of sweet, sweet Hungry Jack syrup. Eh voila! Your Monte Cristo Pancake Roll Ups - or, as I affectionately call them en masse, the Count of Monte Pancake:
If you, like me, adore the play of savory and sweet, you will probably want to make a whole lot of these. Pancake Day comes but once a year after all!
And now, to reward your patience, I will share the rules of the giveaway. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to enjoy pancakes. That's it! I'll pick the winner using Random.org on - what else? - Pancake Day, February 17. The winner will receive their very own pancake kit consisting of the Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Hungry Jack Syrup, and the brand-spanking-new T-Fal Opticook pan.
Good luck and Happy Pancake Day.