French Fridays with Dorie – Corn Pancakes + a little Magic Mike talk

So you’re probably thinking “Hey it’s Saturday dummy.” I know, I know. It was a strangely busy week. I meant to make these at like 10 on Thursday night and I was all proud of myself that I remembered to to buy both corn (which I never buy) and flour (I was out after some disastrous baking last Sunday) but when I made my way to the fridge to grab the eggs I realized that I had eaten the last one for breakfast that morning. Fudge!!!! Sometimes I really annoy myself. There was no way these were happening yesterday because I had to work all day, then we had a birthday bbq to attend and then I had a date with my girlies to see Magic Mike and though I love Dorie and all you beautiful Doristas, there was NO WAY I was skipping Magic Mike.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Maggie, that movie looks ridiculous,” and if you’re thinking that I totally respect your right to an opinion, but I think you should change it. As we were waiting in line to buy tickets at 10:30 last night with like 150 other women, my friend Haley looked around and said “I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many women out at the movies all together. We need more things like this that bring us together to have a good time and less things that make us want to compete with each other.” Or something along those lines. And I think she is totally right. There is definitely a story in the movie and some pretty artistic camera-work and directing but I really think this was a movie for women to just enjoy without feeling guilty. For once, men were the ones objectified for our pleasure and I know in a perfect world no one would be objectified but guess what, we don’t live in a perfect world. Like a recent episode of Mad Men which really delved into sexual politics, Magic Mike made me really wish I were still in college in one of my women’s studies classes. It would make for very interesting discussion. Plus it was just really fun to watch them dance! I love seeing people who have real talent who can really move and Channing Tatum? You are talented baby! 🙂

Okay but back to these here little pancakes. I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I go out to a Mexican restaurant I always get a combo plate and if they’re available I always choose sweet corn cakes as one of my sides. They are so amazing and fantastic and I was really wanting these corn pancakes to be similar to that. I added 2 tablespoons of sugar to the recipe to sweeten them up a bit and then I fried them in bacon grease. I feel like this makes me sound gross but let me explain. I have been rewatching all the past seasons of True Blood and several times throughout the series they mention hoecakes (hocakes?) fried in bacon grease and everyone seems to love the shit out of them. You should see the excitement in their eyes, especially when they say the bacon grease part.

This was the only screencap I could find and I feel she looks pretty apprehensive in it but trust me, it’s only because her formerly alcoholic mother hadn’t cooked her anything in years. She gets really excited after this. So I made myself two pieces of bacon and then used my handy-dandy little cookie scoop to make little silver-dollar corn pancakes in the same pan. Bonus of using bacon grease = one less pan to wash.

I got about 15 of these little babies and if I really wanted to, I probably could have eaten all of them. I stopped at 3 because I had that bacon and a basted egg to eat with them as well.

Does anyone else eat basted eggs? I love them! Bek showed me how to make them last year and I eat one for breakfast almost every day. You just crack it into a pan like you’re going to make it sunny-side up and then after a minute or two you pour in a little bit of water and then cover the pan for a bit. I usually try to get mine so that they’re just a smidge on the runny side but the truth is I will eat it however it comes out. Yum!

I really loved these little pancakes. I ate them with pure maple syrup I bought from the scary looking guy at the farmer’s market here in town but I would easily eat them as a side with chicken like Dorie suggests. So what did everyone else think? And more importantly, who else went to see Magic Mike and has something to say about it? Oh and if anyone else watches Mad Men, I think you know what episode I’m referring to and I’d love to hear what you thought too. I was thinking about it for days afterwards!

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18 thoughts on “French Fridays with Dorie – Corn Pancakes + a little Magic Mike talk

  1. Maggie, sorry I cannot comment on Magic Mike nor on that episode of Mad Men (and they do not even speak English here either) but I can comment on your delicious looking corn pancakes with bacon and egg – looks and sounds like a wonderful idea. Maple syrup is also fantastic with these pancakes and I just loved all of the different ideas that the Doristas had with respect to different and interesting toppings and/or side dishes.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    P.S.: That basted egg looks really delicious – should make that more often

  2. If it is fried in bacon drippings it has to be good. My Mom always saved the drippings to cook veggies, eggs, etc. A flavor all it’s own. That is one scrumptious looking plate.
    Tricia and I both enjoyed making these and will definitely use this recipe again and again.

  3. I guess Magic Mike is outside of my generation 🙂 But, I can get behind the tip on the basted egg. I have not heard of that technique & must give it a shot!

  4. I have not see Magic Mike yet, but I want too! I have never heard of basted eggs before but now I want to try it. I make myself an egg most mornings too. Your whole meal looks quite tasty!

  5. Maggie Hanson, Am I the only guy that ever leaves a comment? What the hell is Magic Mike?? Your pancakes look good. Your Granny Hanson used to make eggs that way- when you have a bunch in the pan it is a way – as you said – to make them look ” over-easy”!
    I smoked salom yesterday for the party on Saturday – I had 24 pcs. Left in the freezer from last year. I have a “wild” turkey in the smoker now, that goes to work tomorrow. Take care little girl and keep baking and writing! Love Dad

  6. Haha Daddio you might be my only consistent male commenter! I have had a few other sporadic ones. Magic Mike is a movie about male strippers so you will probably never need to see it, but I had a grand ol’ time going to it the other night with the girls. 🙂 love you too!

    • I thought as much! OK it is 90 deg. Outside- I am going to stay inside and watch the Twins! Have a good day! I am cooking some burgers later on the grill and watch the Olympic trials for track & field, swimming and women’s gymnastics – that is better than male strippers!,! Love Dad

  7. Maggie, I used to make basted eggs all the time because I couldn’t flip eggs without breaking the yolk! You’re right…they are very good!
    Now on to your corn cakes…they look wonderful…so glad you got them done and enjoyed them! Happy 4th!

  8. Your breakfast looks amazing. I love eggs any way they are cooked, though I’ve never heard of basted. I will have to try. Can’t say about Magic Mike as this is the first I’ve heard of him. Of course, anything that requires buying a ticket at 10:30 seems too late for me. I nod off around 10… Have a great weekend, Maggie.

  9. I didn’t see Magic Mike, but I was at the theater and I noticed about a million women all dressed up to go see Channing Tatum! You could definitely tell what movies people were going to see this week-end! I’m going to have to try that egg recipe. I love eggs for breakfast, and I’ve never heard of cooking them that way.

  10. Maggie, You always manage to make me laugh. I didn’t even know who Magic Mike was (had to google that) but I can certainly understand the importance of seeing that movie. Of course you should! But, what I was really focused on was your frying those delicate little corn pancakes in bacon grease! What were you thinking??? Little respect, please. The maple syrup, however, was a good idea. And the egg tip, thanks. Your breakfast looked delicious, I will give you that.

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