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Southern Inspired Savory Cornmeal Pancakes with Beans, Greens, and Oysters

cornmeal pancake with greens, beans, and oysters

Tonight’s meal (a new one!) had a ton of inspiration behind it.  It was partly from reminscing about cooking with my roommates from undergrad, partly a visit to my sister’s new, southern comfort inspired restaurant, partly from my desire to use my new cast iron skillet, partly me wanting to cook the black beans I just bought, and partly from flipping through the new cookbooks I got from my sister for my birthday.

I was looking through one cookbook this morning and ‘asparagus oven pancakes’ caught my eye.  Essentially, it’s just vegetables with a pancake cooked on top in the oven.  I thought that sounded pretty good!

I then started thinking that I wanted to cook the beans I had soaked the night before.

This reminded me of a casserole I used to make for my roommates that consisted of black beans, ground beef, salsa, and corn bread.

This made me think a corn bread pancake would be a good substitute for a white pancake.

This made me want to make it in my cast iron skillet.

When I decided to add oysters, it made me realize I had been craving the crawfish pot pie I had at my sister’s restaurant over the weekend.

So, I found a recipe in the second cookbook I just got for cornmeal pancakes and made up, quite possibly, my new favorite meal.

Oven baked cornmeal pancake with beans, greens, and oysters

Cornmeal pancake mix

-in one bowl mix 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon turbinado (raw) sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt
-in another bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 cups milk
-combine the liquid and dry ingredients, stirring briefly (if you over mix, the pancake will be tough)

Black turtle beans

-soak beans the night before use
-for every cup of beans, add 4 cups of water
-simmer soft

I honestly should have used more water and let them cook longer, but I got impatient

Skillet corn bread…

-line a seasoned cast iron skillet with very thinly sliced potatoes (to do this, I used a potato peeler to make very thin slices)
-add chopped garlic, chopped green onion (greens, stalk, bulb), chopped turnip (greens, stalk, bulb), and chopped beet greens

lining the skillet with veggies

-add oysters

i prefer smoked

-add 1/2 cup cooked beans on top of veggies

steaming beans

-add salsa

adding a bit of color

-pour pancake mix over mixture, add chives

somehow I didn’t mess this up

-bake in oven at 370 degrees C for 15 minutes, or until pancake is golden brown.  At this point, I decided to add the kentucky bleu cheese I just bought.  My second and third helpings were cheeseless…I think it could be good with cheddar, but I think bleu cheese was a bad idea.

serve with bleu cheese? or not…

This was amazing..and super easy.

Total Price: $2.34-$5.00

1/2 cup organic cornmeal: $0.15
1/4 cup organic whole wheat flour: $0.06
1 tablespoon organic turbinado sugar: $0.05
baking powder, baking soda, sea salt: $0.10 (?) (no clue)
3/4 cup organic milk: $0.32
1 organic egg: $0.17
1 organic potato: $0.26
1 clove organic garlic: $0.10
beet greens, green onion, chives, turnip: $0.50-$1.00
1/2 cup organic black beans (as in 1/2 cup dry, not sure what this equated to cooked): $0.35
1/4 cup organic salsa: free! (thanks Mom!)
1 can oysters: free! (thanks Mom!)
1/20 of my cheese: $0.28

I only ate half, so this ended up being ~$1.17 for tonight’s meal

BONUS

Becca and I had our first joint kitchen accident today

oops

This is what happens when your beans boil over, you forget to turn off the burner, and then your roommate accidentally puts a towel on the stove….

EDIT: I stand corrected…I thought it had been a joint effort, but I guess I’m the sole one responsible for trying to burn the house down this time haha

Squash Pasta with Oysters

Ha, this ended up being a disaster of a night but damn this was good pasta.

I don’t know why I always decide to make pasta on the nights I’m starving.  Don’t get me wrong, pasta isn’t a meal that takes hours, but when you make it from scratach it is a bit time consuming.  I thought I was being smart by making the dough and then letting it rest while I went to the grocery store.  Indeed, that was smart.  However, nothing went right after that.

Part of the problem is that I never follow pasta directions to a T.  I think this, from now on, will be a mandatory rule.  If the dough is not perfect, it can be very difficult to use with a machine.  If you are having problems, though, you can just roll it out by hand and cut it with a knife like I ended up doing.  (note that the tom and jerry glass served as my rolling pin haha)

pretty orange

Squash Pasta

-mix 3/4 cup cooked squash, 1-1/2 cup semolina flour, 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
-let rest for at least 30 minutes
-roll out according to pasta machine directions or hand roll and cut
-add to boiling water
-add can of oysters
-when ready, top with olive oil, raw sugar, and crushed red pepper

Unfortunately I don’t have a total price because I have no clue how much I paid for the semolina flour.  I have to imagine it was probably between a dollar or two’s worth.  The squash was probably $0.15’s worth.  Maybe $0.80 for the wheat flour, <$2.00 for the oysters.

All in all, considering I got 4 meals (two dinneres, two lunches) out of this recipe, I’d say I did pretty well.