|The judging panel for the pancake challenge.|
1. Palaczinta is not technically a pancake.
2. The judges believed that the use of jam and sour cream might have swayed the vote.
In the end, sour cream was declared the real winner. I, as the overall loser, was forced to keep the "Mother".
The Scoring Breakdown
Overall Winner (Ultimately disqualified for violating category standards): Daniel's Palaczinta
- Most delicious
- Best use of sour cream
Best Traditional Pancake: Susan's Classic Sourdough Pancake
|Daniel flips a buttermilk pancake.|
- Most heart-healthy
- Good for vegetarians (no lard)
- Easiest to prepare because it used mostly pantry ingredients (no additional buttermilk, lard, or bacon fat required)
- Best for those who don't like the taste of sour dough
Amy's Choice: Daniel's Buttermilk Pancakes
- Very crispy edges due to frying in lard
- Nice crunch thanks to the addition of corn meal
Kids' Favorite: Susan's Heart-Shaped Waffles (also disqualified for not being a pancake)
- Heart-shape is a fan-favorite
- Very soft, fluffy interior
It was a great meal enjoyed with friends, and very much in the keeping with an old-time Sunday dinner. My family has a long-standing tradition of serving breakfast food for Sunday dinner so it felt like home to me. And nothing makes it feel more like home than bacon. Amy brought crispy thick-sliced bacon and shared her secret for making perfectly cooked bacon in the oven. (Layer the bacon on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil and place in a cold oven. Heat to 400 degrees and continue cooking until bacon is crispy.)
|Jared's chicken, chorizo, and green chile hash.|
And as an unexpected treat, Lisa arrived just in time to help with the judging and give us a giant brown bag full of green olives, ready for curing in the Calabrian style.
Over the next several weeks, we will provide recipes for winning pancake dishes, a video of the event, and a follow-up report on the traditional Calabrian olive-curing process, including recipe and video. So stay tuned!
In the meantime, feel free to check out our "Heirloom Foods" Facebook Page for additional photos and comments on the event. (You'll need to log on to facebook to see it.)