Pancakes for dinner!
Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday”, refers to the tradition of eating richer, fatty foods on the last night before the start of the fasting season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The Mardi Gras or “carnival” season starts on Epiphany and culminates in a big, delicious celebration on that very last night.1
But why pancakes? The tradition likely started because pancakes—made with rich ingredients like eggs, sugar and butter, and topped with equally rich syrups and jams—contain the kind of ingredients Christians would have abstained from eating during the lean Lenten weeks. It made sense to use up all those ingredients the day before the fast, with making big batches of pancakes being a great way to achieve that end!
While it has its roots in Christian tradition, of course anyone can join in the Shrove Tuesday fun and whip up a fabulous pancake dinner on March 4!
There are some great dry pancake mixes available that simplify the whole process, but since it’s meant to be a feast why not get a little creative and put some extra effort into your flapjacks? Invite friends and family over and have a true Mardi Gras extravaganza!
If you want to include some healthier fare in your dinner offering, you could serve a fruit salad along with your stacks of pancakes. Check out Foodnetwork.com for 64 fantastic fruit salad ideas! A simple green salad would also be a nice light start to your sweet meal, and especially great if you opt for savory pancakes instead.
But the star of the show is, of course, pancakes! Canadian Living has 21 recipes for both sweet and savory pancakes including cinnamon oat pancakes, smiling apple pancakes, and potato pancakes with smoked salmon and dill!
If you or one of your guests eats gluten-free, consider whipping up a special batch of gluten-free pancakes using one of the 10 mouthwatering recipes from babble.com.
But don’t forget the toppings! What you put on your pancake is almost as important as the pancake itself. Syrup is a standard (and delicious) option, but consider checking out this list of 20 perfect pancake toppings from Yummy Inspirations for some fresh ideas.
Enjoy, and bon appétit!
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