Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes made with yogurt! A perfect weekday dinner or fancy weekend breakfast. Just add an egg! Recipe on

New recipe! Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes

I’ve never had breakfast in bed. I’ve also never had a surprise birthday party thrown for me.

Parts of me feel slighted by this….

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And then I feel cool about it. Because having crumbs in my bed…and spilling coffee all over my sheets (which HELLO! that’s a given for a klutz like me) while trying to read the paper that I don’t normally read is not my idea of a good time. Also, if I’m not wearing the cutest outfit or have good makeup during this hypothetical surprise birthday party situation, you best believe my attitude is going to ruin the night. Not in a diva way, it’s just that you might not get the satisfaction you desire from throwing a surprise birthday party from me.

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I made these cornmeal pancakes on Saturday for my blog and we had leftovers for Mother’s Day breakfast. No, I’m definitely not bitter that I didn’t get breakfast in bed. But maybe I am a little bitter I had to make my own coffee 😉  However, my boys did spoil me with plants + planters and that’s all this crazy plant lady needs. These savory cornmeal pancakes were one of the best things about Mother’s Day (besides spending the day with my Mama!). Waking up to cheesy, chivey, crispy and DELICIOUS cornmeal pancakes with bacon, Greek yogurt (I used full fat!) and smashed avocado & egg was sheer perfection. And! I didn’t even have to worry about getting food on/in/between my sheets.

And we’re off!

This recipe comes from my crazy talented writer friend Cheryl’s new book, Yogurt Culture.

Everything you want to know about yogurt is in this book! From sweet, to savory, to yogurt mix-ins & toppings, Cheryl has you covered. There are so many recipes I want to try! I’m thinking of making her pineapple lassi very soon.

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes made with yogurt! A perfect weekday dinner or fancy weekend breakfast. Just add an egg! Recipe on

To make these cornmeal pancakes, it all starts with the batter.

You’ll need some time to let this develop. The seltzer and yogurt keep them light!

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In with the seltzer. In with the yogurt. An hour…. and…..

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Butter a skillet. Cook each pancake. I made these larger but you can half the size of each pancake and make 16 instead of 8.

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Flipped! If you look closely, you can see cheese ooooooooozing out of the pancake.

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Did I mention the bacon?!

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We’re topping them with bacon & chives ANNNNND cheese ANNNNND hot sauce.

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Ready to be topped.

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Hello Greek Yogurt. I’m so glad you’re full fat.

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Have mercy.

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The other two? Well I ate those. Hey! At least I saved 6.

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And then one by one….

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They all magically disappeared.


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Here they are with eggs. If you make these on a weeknight, just heat them up in a skillet the next day. Add an egg! Breakfast for dinner!

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes

makes about 8 pancakes

recipe slightly adapted from Yogurt Culture

  • 3/4  cup medium-grind cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup plain seltzer
  • 1/4 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing skillet
  • plain Greek yogurt, for topping
  • crumbled cooked bacon, for topping
  • minced chives, for garnish
  • hot sauce, for topping

In a medium bowl, whisk the cornmeal, flour, chives, baking soda, salt and pepper. Add the seltzer and yogurt and whisk thoroughly to combine. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 to 3 hours. Stir in the cheese.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until a drop of water on the skillet sizzles and evaporates. With a silicone pastry brush, coat the skillet generously with melted butter. Cook a test pancake to gauge the heat, using about 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook the pancakes in batches until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side, brushing the skillet generously with butter between each batch.

To serve, dollop each pancake with Greek yogurt, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon, chives and a few dashes of hot sauce. Serve hot.

  • Meghan

    Well these are pretty fantastic-looking. I bet the leftovers were awesome yesterday! The toppings make me think about twice-baked potatoes, which also sound delicious right about now.

    As someone who has had a surprise party thrown for them, it’s fun, but it’s also very hard to keep it a surprise. My dad left all the details out to my 16th birthday party on the kitchen counter two days before it was scheduled to happen, so then I had to keep mum about it for a while. It was tough, but still sweet, I guess. I did get to wear my cutest outfit to it, so I guess that was a bonus of finding out?

  • Robyn

    I feel as though this would also be outstanding as waffles!

  • Ashlyn @ Pedantic Foodie

    These sound great! I love how they look rich and light at the same time!

  • Sue

    I must make these stat!!

  • Cheryl

    I couldn’t be happier that you made these AND that you got to enjoy them on Mother’s Day. Thanks for doing my recipe such a big (beautiful) honor!

  • Jenny

    These look so good! I must make them soon!

    I’ve never had a surprise party thrown for me either. They sounded so fun when I was younger, but now I’m not sure. Whenever someone tries to surprise me with anything, I’m always like, “Tell me now!!!” so I don’t think I’m so good with surprises, haha.

    Hope you had a good Mother’s Day!

  • Laura

    Gah, you’re so creative with your recipe ideas! Totally making these this week.

  • Zest it Up

    These look delish!

  • Abby

    These pancakes look incredible, Tracy! I love cornmeal, and can only imagine how fantastic these taste.

    And as for breakfast in bed and the surprise party thing… I so feel the same way. 😀

  • Sammi @Sunshine Recipes

    First of all, these looks incredible! As for the breakfast in bed situation, it looks a lot more fun on t.v. 🙂

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health

    everything about this recipe screams perfection and delicious. i cant wait to try this.

  • Amanda

    I’ve been searching for a savory pancake recipe and these look amazing! I can’t wait to make them!!

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    These look wonderful, Tracy. Glad you had a relaxing Mother’s Day!

  • Kasey

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, Tracy! And I hear you about crumbs in bed…not cool 🙂

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  • instalacje_elektryczne

    This must be delicious! I never thought about pancake with that way 🙂 I will try this recipe some day.

  • Kris

    These are DELICIOUS! I love savory breakfasts (and breakfast for dinner). I topped mine with fried eggs, avocado, Greek yogurt, crumbled bacon & Cholula. I drink seltzer water & always have that on hand, so these will definitely become part of my regular rotation. Thanks for a great, easy recipe!

  • Bonnie

    Do you think I could just use full fat greek yogurt at both places in the recipe? I’d prefer to not buy two different types of yogurt, and I prefer greek 🙂 Let me know what you think!

    • Tracy

      Should be fine. If you feel like it’s too thick, add a little extra seltzer.

  • Stacy

    These were a fantastic addition to our dinner tonight. Tomorrow the leftovers will star in breakfast, topped with an egg and sided with bacon. Love how simple this recipe was awesome!

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