When my brother was in town last month for a training, one of the meals I made for us was this yummy pancake lasagna. And I thought it would be an appropriate dish to share for Father’s Day since I shared a breakfast recipe for Mother’s Day.
The recipe originates from Food Network, and more specifically—The Best Thing I Ever Made. In all honestly, I can’t say it’s the BEST thing I ever made, but it is darn tasty! I am a huge fan of breakfast, so this is definitely in my wheelhouse and something I will make again.
My dad likes pancakes, but his favorite dishes are probably hamburgers and desserts. I’d like to think he’d enjoy this dish, because it’s sweet, although not sickeningly sweet, which I was little worried it might be.
The biggest changes I made to the recipe dealt with quantities. From reading the comments, it sounds like the original version fed an army (which makes sense—the episode was on feeding a crowd!). So I played around and cut it down to a family-sized dish with fewer layers.
My brother and I thoroughly enjoyed the lasagna. It was a lovely combination of savory and sweet. I served it with big, juicy chunks of cantaloupe to help cleanse our palate.
This dish looks far more complicated and intimidating than it really is. You can easily make almost all of the components in advance. I prepared the meat layer (bacon and sausage) and the maple cream sauce in the afternoon, so when my brother got home, all I needed to do was whip up the pancakes and scramble the eggs.
Next time, I plan to make the pancakes in advance as well and assemble everything except the scrambled eggs the day prior. In the morning, I can quickly whip up some eggs and pop everything in the oven. Easy peasy.