Pancake dippers, or cooked bacon smothered and cooked in a pancake batter, are great ways to serve finger food breakfast to kids.
Easily made (especially if you have leftover bacon from another recipe), these quick and easy bacon pancake dippers can be eaten alone or served with maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
Bacon Dipper Ingredients
- Pancake Mix (and necessary ingredients to make the batter as per the package)
- Bacon (12–15 slices, cooked and cooled)
- Maple Syrup (for dipping)
Bacon Pancake Dippers Recipe
Prepare the Pancake Batter: Follow the instructions on your pancake mix package to prepare the batter. If you’re using a mix that makes 9–11 pancakes, that’s perfect for this recipe.
Cook the Bacon: If you haven’t already, cook your bacon strips until they’re crispy.
If you’re using pre-cooked bacon and prefer it extra crispy, warm it up in an air fryer at 320°F for 3 minutes, then drain any excess grease on paper towels. Let it cool before using.
Heat the Skillet: Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat and let it get hot.
Dredge and Cook:
- Take a cooled piece of bacon and gently dredge it in the pancake batter, coating both sides.
- Carefully place a strip of bacon in the hot skillet.
- Cook for about 2–3 minutes on each side until the pancake is golden brown and cooked through.
- Be gentle to avoid breaking the bacon, especially if it’s thin and crispy.
Repeat: Continue the process with the remaining slices of bacon, ensuring each one is cooked before moving on to the next.
Serve: Once all the bacon pancake slices are cooked, serve them hot.
Bacon Dipper Tips: If you’re making your bacon from scratch and find it thick, consider adding more pancake batter to the pan for each dipper to maintain a desirable bacon-to-pancake ratio.
Enjoy your bacon pancake dippers with real maple syrup for the ultimate breakfast treat!
Using Pre-Cooked Bacon for Pancake Dippers:
Pre-Cooked Bacon Preparation
If using pre-cooked bacon (which typically comes in 12 slices per package and is thinner), you may find it too flimsy.
We suggest making it a little crispier in an air fryer.
Place the bacon slices in a single layer in your air fryer for added crispness.
Set the air fryer to 320°F and cook the bacon for 3 minutes. This should make the bacon nicely flat and add a bit of extra crispiness.
After air-frying, remove the bacon and blot any excess grease with a paper towel. Allow the bacon to cool before incorporating it into your recipe.
- GET OUR AIR FRYER BACON RECIPE HERE.
Using thin but crispy bacon:
Be cautious, as thin, crispy bacon may break when you add the batter, especially towards the ends.
Adjusting for Thicker Homemade Bacon
It might be thicker if you opt for homemade bacon instead of pre-cooked. I love oven-baked bacon if you have the time.
Add an extra 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of pancake batter to the pan (in addition to dipping slices in batter) for each bacon slice so the ratio of pancake to bacon is better.
- GET OUR OVEN-BAKED BACON RECIPE HERE.
Bacon Pancake Dippers (Bacon inside pancake)
- mixing bowl
- 12-15 slices precooked bacon thin and flat
- Pancake mix plus ingredients called for on the package
- Maple syrup for dipping
- Prep the Bacon – Bacon must be cooked before you start this recipe. You can use pre-cooked microwave bacon, but we suggest crisping in the air fryer as it can be flimsy. Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer in your air fryer and cook at 320°F for 3 minutes. Drain and blot any excess grease with a paper towel, then set aside to cool.
- Homemade bacon can also be used. Use an air fryer bacon recipe, skillet fry, or make in the oven. Make sure there is no extra grease and the bacon is cool before con continuing the recipe.
- Pancake Batter: Prepare the pancake mix according to the package instructions, aiming for a quantity that yields about 9-11 pancakes. This amount is ideal for ensuring each bacon slice gets a generous coating.
- Cooking: Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Dredge a slice of precooked bacon in the pancake batter, ensuring both sides are evenly coated. Carefully place the coated bacon in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Be gentle to avoid breaking the bacon, especially if it's thin and crispy.
- Serving: Serve the bacon pancake dippers hot, accompanied by a side of maple syrup for dipping. The combination of savory bacon with the sweetness of the syrup is delicious!
- Can I use thick-cut bacon? Yes, thick-cut bacon works well too. Just remember to adjust the cooking time accordingly and possibly add a bit more pancake batter to maintain a good balance. See the full article for tips on cooking bacon.
- How do I store leftovers? Store any leftover dippers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat in a toaster oven or microwave when ready to enjoy again.
- Can I add flavors to the pancake batter? Absolutely! Feel free to mix in some vanilla extract, cinnamon, or even a bit of sugar to the batter for added flavor. Do not thin out the batter too much.
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