Failure of Flapjacks

Back in August, I told you fine humans about a pancake contest I had entered. Austin’s beloved Kerbey Lane Café challenged area bloggers to create an original recipe using the restaurant’s own pancake mix.

As a fan of pancakes, and an even bigger fan of Kerbey, I was totally up for this challenge. I spent weeks brainstorming and attempting various concoctions before finally settling on three recipes to submit. Last week, the contest participants were emailed the results, and it turns out…

(Drumroll please)


I didn’t win. Womp womp.

But you know what? NOT WOMP WOMP. Yes, I entered a pancake contest and lost. Yes, I’m apparently a failure at flapjacks. But I had a lot of fun creating different things, and I got to eat a lot of yummy creations along the way. In this particular case, failure tastes pretty flippin’ good.

Get it? Flippin’, like in flipping pancakes? No, DON’T YOU DARE close out of this post! You have to give me this terrible joke. It’ll be worth it in the end.

I thought my fellow food lovers might enjoy taking a stab at one of my recipes and experiencing the pancakey joy for yourselves. It was tough to decide which one to share, but the one I’m ultimately going with is the only one that contains cheese, and this blog is pretty devoted to dairy, if you haven’t already figured that out, but even if you’re new here, you probably noticed that this blog has cheese in the name, albeit in a different language, but it’s food-related foreign language, so I don’t think that even counts, and I’m starting to run out of things to say, but this is a spectacularly long run-on sentence and I kinda want to keep rambling just to see how long I can keep it going, but by now you’ve probably skipped over this giant paragraph in order to get to the good stuff, and I have to understand, because I also have a short attention span when it comes to food, so for your sake and mine, I’ll stop, but for the record, if you’ve made it to the end of this disaster, that is really quite impressive, and you totally deserve to make pancakes for yourself now.


Here is the Kerbey Cristo Sandwich (named for its similarity to the Monte Cristo Sandwich). Take a look at this baby.


Stop it! Stop licking your computer screen! You’ll frighten the children.

This recipe calls for Kerbey’s pancake mix, but you can definitely substitute any other brand of mix. I mean, probably. I haven’t actually tried it, so the measurements might be slightly off, but it’s not like the pancakes will explode or anything. Maybe. I don’t know for sure.

Liability release: if your food or kitchen appliances explode from using the wrong kind of pancake mix, you can’t sue me, or Kerbey Lane, or WordPress. You can still sue the internet though.

If you give this recipe a try, please let me know what you think!! If enough of you like it, maybe we can assemble an army of righteous pancake fans, and show up at the contest  judges’ houses with fire and pitchforks. Or we could all just sit down and eat some pancakes together. Either way’s fine.

Kerbey Cristo Pancakes

 1 cup Kerbey Lane Café Buttermilk Pancake Mix
¾ cup milk
1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
2 slices of Hormel Applewood Smoked ham
2-4 slices of cheese (American, Cheddar, and Gruyere all work great)
1 tablespoon butter

Whisk the first four ingredients away to a romantic night in Cancun. Kidding. Just whisk them in a small bowl until batter is free of lumps. Lightly grease a large pan or griddle with nonstick spray and place over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, measure ¼ cup of batter for each pancake and pour it on the pan. There should be enough batter for 4 pancakes.

Cook pancakes until the tops look dry and a few of the bubbles pop. Flip the pancakes over and cook for another couple of minutes until both sides have obtained that perfect summer tan. Transfer pancakes onto a plate, but do not turn off heat.

Slather butter on the pancakes and place one cake butter-side down on the hot pan. Lay on a slice of your favorite cheese and then slap on some ham, because darn it, you’re a nice person and nice people deserve ham! If you’re feeling daring, throw on another slice of fermented dairy product and top with a second pancake, butter-side up.

Grill until bottom pancake is crisp and browned. Flip sandwich over and continue grilling until cheese is melted and attractively gooey. (Pancakes will not have the same “grilled” appearance to them that traditional grilled cheese sandwiches have, but they’ll be beautiful in their own way.) Repeat steps to make the second sandwich.

Transport sandwiches to a plate and attack them down the middle with a knife. Pause for a moment to admire the cheese as it oozes out. Chow down on your cheesy, hammy sammich. Share it with someone else, if you’re feeling particularly generous.




20 thoughts on “Failure of Flapjacks

      1. I think it sounds gross, too. One morning, I let them make their own breakfast and… I swear, I should never do that again. They microwaved chicken patties, toasted waffles, and made sandwiches with them… with maple syrup as their condiment, of course. And then they asked me for the powdered sugar. I thought I was going to be ill. Kids are gross.


      2. I am usually that way, too. Breakfast is my first meal of the day… even if it’s after “breakfast hours” (whatever that means). But I’d make an exception for fried chicken, I think. Not that this situation has ever come up…

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    I like how you said to “slather” butter on the pancakes. I’m pretty sure that is the only correct way to use butter. Slathering. Looks tasty! I would have voted for it. It also reminds me to go get some Kirby pancake mix before we move 😦

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    1. I seriously had trouble coming up with a measurement for the butter. Who measures butter for something like this? In baking yes, but not for spreading! You just “slather” on however much you want! Haha.

      Ohh no, you’re moving? But…but…all the good food is here!

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        Oh but there’s good food everywhere!! I will say Austin’s got everyone beat in the BBQ and queso biz. I will severely miss that. I’ve been strategically planning cheese and BBQ visits as much as possible (Fried cheese at Gordoughs, multiple visits to Valentina’s, Stileswitch next Monday, more Valentina’s next Tuesday…). Oh and have you been to Cane Rosso yet? It’s a “new” pizza place on S. Lamar/290. They have a pizza special that is called Queso Bueno. It’s Valentina’s Queso & Valentina’s BBQ with sliced jalapenos. It’s ridiculously good. I also had the Elena there which involves Valentina’s BBQ sans the queso w/pepperoni and pesto. Yeah. Check it out. I will definitely miss the BBQ & queso, but not the crowds and lines 🙂

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      2. Hold up – there’s fried cheese at Gordough’s? I’ve had the donuts (and drinks), but I somehow missed the fact that they have cheese! That pizza sounds amazing and I want it in my mouth right now!

        You should do a post about your current “goodbye Austin” food tour! Just so you know, I heard on the radio yesterday that Whole Foods has begun selling Kerbey queso!! I’m not sure if that means every store or just the local ones though – maybe you can stock up before you leave! 😄


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        Haha I might need to! Yeah it’s an appetizer. I forget exactly what it’s called but it’s cheese fried in doughnut batter. I get it everytime. I always forget to take pictures. It’s like my stomach takes over before my brain can say “hold up tummy. Take a picture for the blog”. Nope. Gone. Dammit.

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