Mancakes Recipe and Video


Chef John's Mancakes--sweet-and-savory cornmeal pancakes made with bacon, cheese, and green onions--are perfect for big appetites and special breakfasts.


  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 ⅓ cups milk
  • 2 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 large eggs large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 cup warm maple syrup, or to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon chipotle chile powder, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter


  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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Nutritional Information


Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 502
% Daily Value *
protein: 30 %
carbohydrates: 24 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 8 %
fat: 27 %
saturated fat: 40 %
cholesterol: 34 %
vitamin a iu: 11 %
niacin equivalents: 48 %
vitamin b6: 10 %
vitamin c: 3 %
folate: 17 %
calcium: 33 %
iron: 19 %
magnesium: 18 %
potassium: 11 %
sodium: 39 %
thiamin: 39 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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