Chestnut Pancakes with Bacon and Crème Fraîche

Chestnut Pancakes with Bacon and Crème Fraîche

These flavorful pancakes make a great breakfast (drizzled with maple syrup) or appetizer (topped with chives).


  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped jarred steamed chestnuts (7 to 8 ounces), divided
  • Créme fraîche or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • Chopped chives or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped


  1. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Transfer 2 tablespoons bacon drippings to blender; add milk and next 3 ingredients, then 1 cup chestnuts. Blend until batter is smooth. Pour batter into bowl; stir in remaining 1/2 cup chestnuts.
  2. Pour remaining drippings into small bowl. Brush same skillet with some drippings; heat over medium heat. Drop in batter by rounded tablespoonfuls. Cook pancakes until brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to plates. Top with créme fraîche and bacon, then chives or maple syrup.

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