Chris Santos's Oreo Pancake Recipe Is a Brunch-Party Pleaser
If you're in need of brunch recipes for a crowd, summon the power of chef Chris Santos. His cookbook Share: Delicious and Surprising Recipes to Pass Around Your Table is perfect for anyone who's overwhelmed by hosting a brunch party—or any type of gathering, really. And his recipe for Oreo pancakes with vanilla crème frosting, which is a perennial favorite at his restaurant Stanton Social on Manhattan's Lower East Side, might be one of the easiest for a crowd to love. "Oreo lovers rejoice, you finally have an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast," he writes. "And if you are the type of person who goes straight for the filling in the sandwich cookie, you might as well just earmark this page for the crème icing recipe."Santos is also the owner and executive chef at restaurants Beauty & Essex, and Vandal, both of which, like Stanton Social, are known for their communal style of dining. (Santos is also bringing this style of sharing to the west coast, with the opening of Beauty & Essex in Los Angeles later this year.) It'd make sense, then, that Santos—whose name you also may know from his a regular stints as judge on Food Network's Chopped—encourages guests seated at his own table to "reach across the table and dig into another diner's plate." He says, "My best meals have been the ones that have been intimate and communal at the same time: intimate because I was with close friends, yet communal because of the elements of sharing and community." But, honestly, cookie lovers might be hard-pressed to split these Oreo-filled pancakes with anyone else. "While I always have maple syrup on hand for these pancakes," writes Santos in Share, "the crème icing is really all you need."Oreo Pancakes with Vanilla Crème IcingExcerpted from the book SHARE by Chris Santos. Copyright © 2017 by Chris Santos. Reprinted with permission of Grand Central Life & Style. All rights reserved.