It started out like any Sunday morning. Wake up, turn on the Food Network, and start cleaning the house. As I started cleaning the kitchen I kept hearing the word "Minnesota" said over and over. The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, was going on and on about the amazing wild rice pancakes that she had on a trip to our state.

I know we tend to put wild rice in a lot of dishes, but I had never heard of adding it to pancakes. Here is her copy-cat recipe for the ones she got in MN.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Wild Rice
  • 3 cups All-purpose OR (if You Have It) Cake Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
  • Butter, For Serving
  • Maple Or Pancake Syrup

Cook wild rice according to package instructions (do not add salt or cook in broth. Just cook in plain water.) Set aside.

Mix together dry ingredients in large bowl.

Mix together milk, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring very gently until just combined. Add more milk if batter seems too thick. It should definitely be thick but easily pourable.

Add melted butter to the batter, stirring gently to combine.

Gently stir in cooked wild rice. (Add half at first and see how you like the looks of the batter. Then slowly add in as much as you want.)

Cook on a buttered skillet over medium-low heat until golden brown. Serve with an obscene amount of butter and warm syrup.

As a born and bred Minnesotan, I feel like this should be right up my alley. Might have to give this recipe a try this holiday weekend!

(The Pioneer Woman)