Happy Spring Everyone! The warm weather is back, and I can't wait to get outside and walk every day, which will be great for boosting my steps for my step challenge at work in its final week! But before we move entirely into the new season, I wanted to share a special recipe for my Pot of Gold Pancakes that I created for St. Patricks' Day last week.
In January, I connected with two aspiring Broadway artists, Kellyann Coyle and Brian Sedita, who teamed up last October to form Broadway By The Glass. Together, they create Broadway-inspired cocktails to share with their community, helping to reenergize fans of plays and musicals while we are still waiting for live performances to begin again. As a lover of Broadway myself, I thought it would be a ton of fun to coordinate a cocktail and snack pairing with them, and that it was! We decided to do something for St. Patrick's Day with Finian's Rainbow, a musical sharing the charming tale of an Irishman, his daughter, a pot of gold, a leprechaun, and the town of Rainbow Valley as everyone navigates their fortunes and misfortunes thanks to some new arrivals.
With the Irish theme being a clear focus for our collaboration, I developed two snacks with a bit of Irish flair, one savory and one sweet. Today, I am going to share the savory one with you, which I like to call Pot of Gold Pancakes! This dish is composed of golden brown cabbage, potato, and cheddar pancakes, caramelized onion and cashew cream, pickled strawberries, and a green cabbage salad. It was paired with The Necessity (find the drink recipe by clicking the link) from Broadway By The Glass, a playful take on the classic, essential Irish coffee. Although the cocktail might be on the sweeter side, when combined with the pancakes, you have a scrumptious mashup of earthiness, caramel, warmth, and comfort - a perfect way to start the day with a little something extra or to go out with a bang for an end-of-the-night treat.
Find all of the snack recipes in the festive images below. Feel free to just make the pancakes if you like your latkes plain and simple. However, even if it is a little out of your comfort zone, I would highly recommend also trying the garnishes; the nuttiness from the cream, the brightness and acidity from the strawberries, and the refreshing, crisp crunch from the salad really help to turn this into a snack like no other. With the cocktail as well, it becomes a mouthwatering experience that could even earn recognition as a top culinary moment of your year thus far! These pancakes can be served in hot and cold weather too - they are light and fluffy so you won't feel overstuffed in the spring and summer, the cabbage can be changed to Napa, red, or even radicchio depending on what is available, and the pickled fruit can be switched out for anything that is in season. Now, I hope your appetite is ready because you are about to be cooking these year round!
Pot of Gold Pancakes
Yield: 4-5 servings (about 15 pancakes)