I love recipes like this, pared down to their most basic elements, pure of flavor and intent. You can find a million recipes for cornmeal pancakes, made soft with wheat flour, fluffy with baking soda, sweet with sugar. And while they're all utterly delicious, it's hard to beat the pure corn flavor of pancakes made with cornmeal alone. I personally love them best plain, enhanced with nothing but salty Hope Creamery butter. And maybe a pile of softly scrambled eggs. Gosh.
But for those who'd like a bit of a flavor punch, I offer two variations, one sweet, one savory. I grated orange zest into the sweet version and served them with warm maple syrup and plenty of butter for a lazy Sunday morning breakfast. For the savory version, I stirred in chopped bacon and green onions and ate them hot off the pan. I can't wait to eat them topped with slices of perfectly ripe tomatoes and a sprinkle of coarse salt.