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September 18, 2013

A pancake that's robust enough to serve for dinner

As families try to get back into their school-year routines, there will be many cool autumn nights when the comfort and speed of warm breakfast foods would be just the thing to finish the day. But having breakfast for dinner doesn’t mean the meal can’t have a savory side.

When we think of one-pot dinners, we generally gravitate to stir-fries and casseroles. But a baked pancake is a fine choice, too, particularly when you add sausage and apples.

For this weeknight recipe, I started with a basic Dutch baby, a common baked pancake. But I spiked the pancake with crumbled breakfast sausage and chopped apples, a delicious and filling combination that blends savory and sweet flavors. For a leaner take, you could substitute chicken sausage. Just be sure to go for a flavor that will work with the apples and cinnamon.

Because salty sausage loves the sweet accent of sugar, this pancake gets drizzled with maple syrup just before serving. But if you’d rather ditch the sweet, you could sprinkle the top with grated Parmesan or even cheddar cheese and return it to the oven for another minute.

SAUSAGE AND APPLE DUTCH BABY

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

3 eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch salt

1 pound loose, breakfast-style pork sausage meat

3 medium apples, divided

1 small yellow onion, diced

1 tablespoon sugar

Maple syrup, to serve

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a blender, combine the eggs, flour, milk, yogurt, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Blend until very smooth, then set aside. Alternatively, the batter can be made in a bowl using a whisk.

Coat a large cast-iron or oven-safe non-stick skillet with cooking spray, then heat it over medium-high. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat, until just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

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