Pancetta-Filled Sweet Potato Pancakes with Chipotle-Maple Walnuts

Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.

Suggested Use:
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.

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For the chipotle maple walnuts:
2 cups chopped walnuts
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder (make by grinding dried chile in coffee grinder till a fine powder)
sprinkle of salt
For the pancakes:

1 sweet potato, peeled, boiled and mashed
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
2 eggs
4 teaspoons melted butter
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
thinly sliced pancetta rounds, 1 per pancake
Unsweetened applesauce or apple compote, to serve


For the chipotle maple walnuts:

In a hot skillet over medium heat, combine walnuts, syrup and spices, stirring frequently for three minutes. Snack on walnuts while you prepare pancakes.

For the pancakes:
In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients (except pancetta) until well-combined. On a griddle over medium heat, place pancetta on griddle, and weigh with pan or press with spatula to prevent curling. When pancetta browns on one side, about three minutes, flip rounds. Immediately ladle pancake mix on top of cooking pancetta. Cook pancake until edges begin to brown and pancakes become bubbly, about two minutes. Flip pancakes and finish cooking, approximately one minute more.

Drizzle pancakes with applesauce, apple compote, or maple syrup. Sprinkle with candied walnuts. Serve with a glass of milk for a completely awesome, totally wholesome holiday brunch.

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