While the pancakes cook, sliced pears simmer in butter and brown sugar creating enough pan juices to drench the cheese pancakes. There's no need for additional pancake syrup.
2 cups complete pancake mix
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 large pears, peeled, cored, and sliced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
5 fully cooked bacon slices, crumbled
How to Make It
Whisk together first 5 ingredients. For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or nonstick skillet. Cook pancakes 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked; turn and cook other sides until done.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pears and brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until pears are tender. Serve pears and pan juices over pancakes, and sprinkle with bacon.
MENU IDEA FOR 5 * Cheddar Pancakes with Pears and Bacon * Vanilla yogurt
GROCERIES NEEDED Check staples: vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, butter, brown sugar * 1 box complete pancake mix (we tested with Hungry Jack Extra-Light and Fluffy) * 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese * 2 large pears * 5 fully cooked bacon slices (we tested with Ready Crisp) * 1 (32-oz.) container low-fat vanilla yogurt